Fire Chief for the City of Dryden, Ryan Murrell, is looking back at a successful 2018. Despite some staff turnover following the work model shift early in the year, Murrell says the DFS was able to respond quickly to emergencies, as well as put in the work to benefit the public and those in the Dryden area.

“In 2018, we’ve had some great successes in the way that we rolled out our smoke alarm program – it was a huge hit. We ended the year with just over 500 houses checked, and we gave away 99 smoke alarms. It’s been tremendous, prevention and detection is a huge piece of fire protection. That will save lives.”

Murrell noted that in 2018, the Dryden Fire Service was able to give back to the community with assisting in a number of initiatives – including supporting Christmas Cheer, food drives, toy drives, school events, and much more.

Moving forward, the Fire Chief says that the Dryden Fire Service is continuing to look at more ways to improve efficiency, prevent losses through fires, and to roll-out more public education projects.

“In 2019, we’re looking forward to more programs like the fire alarm program. We’re looking at a program where we might be able to make revenue, how to work better as a team, and continue on with all of our new faces in our team. We’ve had a lot of great successes for fires where we got there early, put it out, and prevented more losses.”

“We’re a fire service that’s in it for the fire service, and we’re here for the community.”

He added that he encourages community organizations to get in touch with the Dryden Fire Service if they can assist with any initiatives that will benefit the community.

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