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Can Emergency Responders Find You?

By Michael VanZile, Fire Chief, Auburn Fire Department Every second counts during an emergency. And, more often than you’d think, when Auburn firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel are responding to emergencies, they are slowed down because they are having a difficult time finding the right address. As you can imagine, valuable time can be […]

Successful Completion of Volunteer Firefighter Training

They made it. They started with 30+ other recruits. In the end, they were two of 11 to graduate and make it all the way through. Standing in Auburn City Hall on Dec. 18 for their swearing-in ceremony, Cody LaRowe and Will Ternet—graduates of the Auburn Fire Department Volunteer Firefighter Class of 2018—were proud, relieved […]

2018: A Year of Revitalization

By Norm Yoder, Mayor, City of Auburn If one word were to sum up Auburn in 2018, I think it would be revitalization. Throughout the city, we strived to bring new life and vitality. This was most visible with the Sixth and Main Street Revitalization Project. This project, funded in part by a $500,000 grant […]

AFD and Local Community Groups Led Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

By Michael VanZile, Chief of the Auburn Fire Department The Auburn Fire Department partnered with the American Red Cross and The Rotary Club of Auburn to conduct a neighborhood door-to-door smoke alarm check / installation campaign last week. Auburn firefighters, Red Cross volunteers and Auburn Rotary Club members went door to door in the West […]

AFD: A calling to serve

Being a firefighter was in Michael VanZile’s blood. For as long as he can remember, he wanted to be a volunteer firefighter in his hometown, just like his father. “My heroes growing up were the guys in the local fire department,” he recalls. They were bigger than life to me. I admired the way they […]