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A new group of River Falls firefighting recruits met for a first training session last week. Bottom: Matt Dodge, Taylor Kaminski, Shawn Olson, Megan Larson, Charles Meyer, Jake Malmer and Brian Roquette. Standing: Jonathan Wright, Justin Wilson, Dan Dudley, Greg Anderson, Steve McCluskey, Dustin Dodge, Brandon Johnson and Mitch O'Keefe. These 15 emerged out of a pool of 40 applicants. All were invited to an information meeting earlier this year.

New blood replenishes ranks of RFFD

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A class of 15 began training to become full-fledged members of the River Falls Fire Department last month. Those recruits, who finished a screening process, boosted RFFD's roster to about 55 members.

Fire Chief Scott Nelson said his department averages about 50 firefighters. At that level, it can be assured that, on average, 15-17 members will respond to pages for actual fire calls.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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