The Good Life – November-December 2019

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On the cover - West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller, Local Hero - Fargo Police Sergeant Kevin Pallas, Having a Beer with Radio Host, Scott Hennen, Hunting with Bret Amundson and more in Fargo Moorhead's only men's magazine.

ON THE COVER | DAN FULLER

Recently, the West Fargo Fire Department unveiled their

second-ever strategic plan to cover the years 2019-2023.

With this plan, the Department is anticipating more

energetic growth of West Fargo and initiating programs

to accommodate such. The plans include continued

community risk reduction, an additional fire station, and at

least 24 more personnel to be hired.

The West Fargo Fire Department has recently shifted to

heavily focus on increasing community awareness and

prevention about various hazards. They’ve transitioned

beyond presentations at schools to excite kids about fire

safety and instead aim to connect with the community by

attending community events, canvassing neighborhoods,

facilitating workplace fire safety training, and leading

trainings on active assailant situations.

According to the Department’s most recent strategic plan,

The department isn’t just about responding to fires, but

rather, responding and reducing all hazards within our

community. While fire suppression, emergency medical

services, hazardous materials response, and technical

rescue are the major operational areas we focus our

efforts on, it is important to note that equal time should be

dedicated to Community Risk Reduction efforts.”

The plan continues to include that, “when an act of terrorism

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occurs, or a natural disaster strikes, the department will be

on the front line. That is a fact and an expectation of our

community, as well as communities across our country.

In addition to the response, if the department can reduce

the seriousness of an incident through Community Risk

Reduction, or even prevent it from occurring at all, then we

are bound to do so.”

To adequately carry out Community Risk Reduction

efforts, the West Fargo Fire Department is focusing on

potential threats that may arise in 2-5 years. Fuller wants

the community to know that, “issues that will come up in

six months have already been dealt with. We’re looking way

beyond that now.”

“What excites me most is being able to shape and mold

the department to what works best for West Fargo,

while implementing nationwide best practices such as

Community Risk Reduction,” said Fuller.

The Fuller Family

Fuller’s active family helps to ensure that he has a full, fun

schedule. He recently celebrated his one year anniversary

with Naomi, his wife, who works as a Registered Nurse

with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. Their

blended family of seven guarantees that the couple attends

at least two sporting events a week as their oldest three

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