Tri-Lakes Monument chief selection accepts: Will start new job in May

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Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District's offer to Christopher Truty, deputy fire chief for the village of Mount Prospect, Ill., has been accepted. He will start his new job on May 13.

That gives him time to move to Colorado and gives district staff time to set up his cellphone account, and get his laptop, uniforms, personal protective equipment and chief's vehicle, probably a Ford Explorer/Interceptor Utility SUV, ready for his arrival.

According to acting Chief Bryan Jack, the district budgeted $6,675 for the chief search. At the district's March 27 meeting, he told the board of directors that, to date, the district has spent $5,778 and that once that last invoice for the background check conducted by Mountain States Employer Council arrive, spending will be right on target.

March cold and snowstorms created a lot of work for district firefighters and emergency medical technicians. On March 9, the B-Shift assisted with a 15-car pile-up in Interstate 25. The crew was able to extricate one person who was trapped in a vehicle. On March 17, the district's A Shift rescued a dog that fell through the ice at Monument Lake. On March 24, the snow and cold hampered operations at a structure fire on Walker Road but the crew was able to keep a garage fire from becoming a house fire.

The district had 75 more calls to date in 2013 than they had by the same date in 2012, averaging 5.5 calls per day.

The district board's next meeting is scheduled for April 24. Board meetings are open to the public.

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