Tentative Agreement Reached Between Rural Fire 1 and Havre

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The City of Havre and Rural Fire District 1 have reached a tentative agreement that will see the Havre Fire Department continue to provide fire suppression for the District, which surrounds Havre’s city limits, through June 2022.

Rural Fire District 1 will be responsible for appointing an official to follow up with local enforcement and inspection issues in the District.

Hill County DES Coordinator Amanda Frickel and Kremlin Volunteer Fire Chief Kody Peterson have been voluntarily handling local inspection and enforcement duties in the District since early this month, but they have not been appointed. They have said they will continue to volunteer until the Board appoints someone.

Mayor Tim Solomon and Rural Fire 1 Chair Steven Jamruszka have said the contract language is now acceptable for both parties, and Solomon says the language was approved by attorneys on both sides late Wednesday morning.

A few changes that clarified language in the deal were made to the agreement on Wednesday morning before it was agreed to by the City.

The agreement still must be approved by the full Rural Fire 1 Board and the Havre City Council. The Fire Board is expected to vote on the contract at a special meeting on Friday at 11 AM, while Mayor Tim Solomon says the City Council will vote on it at their October 4th meeting.

While the contract is being finalized, the City of Havre will continue to provide fire suppression in Rural Fire 1.

The previous agreement expired on July 1st after the City announced their intent to terminate it back in late 2020 due to a lack of enforcement of fire codes in the District. However, the City has provided the District with several extensions, the latest of which was set to expire at midnight Thursday morning.

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