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Let's Be Clear - the Fire Chief Project You're invited to join a long-term endeavor - one that aims to change the status of system operations specialists radically, permanently and for the better BY TED J. RULSEH, EDITOR, MUNICIPAL SEWER & WATER MAGAZINE FORGIVE ME IF you already know this story. At a town board meeting I attended years ago, a few people in the audience complained about what they saw as excessive spending for the volunteer fire department. The town chairman invited the fire chief to respond. The chief rose and stood tall in his uniform pants, crisp white shirt and gold badge. He described the level of fire and rescue service his department provided. Then he added, "We have 36 volunteers, all fully trained and certified, and they're all EMTs. They're ready to risk their lives 365 days a year, around the clock, to help protect your homes and families. I think you're getting by real cheap with a real good service." The discussion was over right there, and not just because the chief made a compelling case. It was over also because he was the fire chief, an authority all but immune to challenge. Could the local Second Quarter 2014 * 31

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2014

From the President
Adjusting to the New Normal
Facts About North Dakota Fracking and Water Use
Meeting the Goal of Sustainable, Efficient, Affordable Rural Water Systems
Let's Be Clear - The Fire Chief Project
A Regular Job a Long Way Away
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
NRWA’s First CEO, Raymond Keith (RK) Johnson, Passes Away
Index to Advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2014