West Valley Fire Rescue celebrates ‘incredible year’

From staff reports

West Valley Fire Rescue officials said 2022 was an incredible year.

After the recent consolidation between Lewis and Clark County Fire and West Valley, emergency calls increased by 15% in 2022, almost breaking 1,000 calls.

West Valley Fire Rescue broke another record in January for the most calls in a month at 93.

Covering areas south, west and north of Helena, West Valley Fire Recue members cover a lot of area and have a great time banding together to tackle whatever the emergency is, Chief Frank Dahlquist said.

“Our volunteer firefighters commit thousands of hours of training every year to be ready to help members of our community,” he said in a news release. “When a person has an emergency, they need highly trained experts to arrive in order to mitigate the medical issue, vehicle accident, or fire.”

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The department had a banquet Saturday and nearly 60 members and their families attended.

Those honored included: 

Capt. Tim Dusenberry – 2022 Fire Prevention Educator of the YearAssistant Chief David Hamilton – 2022 Public Relations Firefighter of the YearFirefighter Oscar Velasquez – 2022 Most Training HoursCapt. Chase Berg – 2022 Most

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