JUMPING RIGHT INTO THE BIGGEST NEWS first, as many of you already know, Jon is officially outed as a failed retiree. The big man made the decision to return to the Ripon Area Fire Department a few months ago. Since his return Jon has been a probationary firefighter, driver/operator, and completed a fire officer course! And, yes, he passed. For those of you who may not know, Jon had previously served on the fire department beginning in 1995 through 2018.
Jon has begun our annual new year inventory and restock evaluation with an odd sense of enthusiasm which we hope is a good omen for DRB in the new year. As far as the industry is concerned, there are many updates all of which lead to one conclusion: fires continue to be disastrous and numerous across the US. Definitive data for this past year is not available yet but recent trends have shown wildfires to be especially on the rise. These types of fires displace hundreds of people each year, destroy thousands of acres, and leave a vast path of destruction in their wake.