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Rademacher is Firefighter of the Year

Farmington firefighter Zach Rademacher has only been on the department's roster for four years, but already he has earned the title of Firefighter of the Year for 2008.

Fire chief Tim Pietsch named Rademacher Firefighter of the Year during the department's Jan. 16 annual meeting, held at the Farmington American Legion. According to Pietsch, Rademacher earned the recognition for his enthusiasm and commitment to the volunteer fire organization. Rademacher consistently attends training sessions, helps on special projects and responds to most of the department's calls.

The recipient of the award is determined by a department committee. The recipient is also given the Firemark Award, which was instituted by Liberty Mutual Group in 1986.

Rademacher also received an antique fire nozzle from retired Farmington firefighter Ron Royce, who collects antique fire nozzles. Royce's family has been represented on the Farmington Fire Department for more than a century, and includes Pietsch.

Annual meeting

The annual meeting also included a presentation by Farmington fire marshal John Powers, who talked about the adoption of the International Code Council's Residential Fire Sprinkler Requirement. This is new legislation which will require fire sprinklers in all new townhomes and single family dwellings, effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Powers referred to a fire in the Park Place of Farmington development last October in his presentation. Firefighters arrived at the home within 6 ? minutes of receiving the 911 call, only to find the residence completely engulfed. The occupants were able to escape unharmed, but the home was a complete loss. The building materials in the homes being built these days, he said, often contain flammable materials.

"We build throw-away homes," Powers said. "These homes are perfectly fine until they catch fire."

The new ICC requirement, he said, will hopefully make those homes safer.

In addition, Farmington fire chief 2 Troy Corrigan presented the annual report, and rescue chief Todd Kindseth presented the annual report for the rescue squad. New members of the Farmington Fire Department and those who have completed specialized training were also recognized.