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New helmets and a new numbering system make it easier for Farmington firefighters to know who's who.

New system helps firefighters know who's who


Members of the Farmington Fire Department are sporting a new look these days -- and a new ranking system, too.

Not too long ago, the fire department bought more than 40 helmets, courtesy of the Fire Relief Association, which approved the $8,000 expenditure. But with those helmets, firefighters also got something they can claim for years, maybe even generations, to come. They got their very own number.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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