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Rural fire chief speaks at Kiwanis

Ben Maulding of the Jamestown Rural Fire Department said he decided to get involved in the fire department because “It’s a good way to give back to the community,” when asked why he decided to get involved. Kiwanis member Amanda Thrift introduced Maulding as the speaker for the Nov. 27 Kiwanis meeting.

Maulding has been with the Rural Fire Department since 2005 and has been chief for two years. He works full time with Jamestown Regional Airport. Maulding said the rural fire department covers 23 townships around Jamestown, which is roughly 800 square miles. The department responds to various calls including fire and hazardous materials (hazmat) and has a fleet of 10 trucks. Depending on the year, calls range from 40 to 130 and most are ag related, he said. At this time, 29 volunteers make up the department. It takes about a year to become certified through North Dakota Firefighters Association. The rural fire department is funded by a mill levy, but also raises money for additional equipment, Maulding said. The department’s primary fundraiser is its annual fishing tournament, which is in February.

President Jason Gruebele led the meeting attended by 29 members. Don Caine led group singing accompanied by Sharon Caine. Lindsey Vogel collected “Happy Dollars” for the Salvation Army. Katie Ryan-Anderson notified the club of Salvation Army bell-ringing shifts available for club members and community members. To sign up for a shift, call the Salvation Army at 252-0290.

Rob Keller will introduce a speaker at the next Kiwanis meeting to be held on Dec. 11 at the Quality Inn & Suites.