Most of us will likely view 2020 with anything but fond memories. COVID-19 was an everyday concern. A presidential election like no other. Civil unrest. Yes, 2020 is a year we would all like to put to bed and never revisit again. However, to leave it at that would be myopic. The Kiowa Fire Protection District did some amazing things in 2020 despite all the challenges.
We responded to all requests for service with the same professionalism and dedication that our community expects. We continued with our regional and county meetings on a virtual platform, like nothing the fire service has seen in the past. We stumbled and fell, but we got right back up again. We were challenged to rethink our emergency response procedures. Nearly a third of our responders contracted COVID-19, leav-ing other members to pick up the slack. We continued to apply and be awarded numerous grants to pur-chase state of the art fire and medical equipment.
So, we do not need to look back on 2020 as a year of depressing news, pandemics and uncertainty. We can pride ourselves in knowing that the Kiowa Fire Protection District is strong — stronger than ever before.
We will continue to serve our communities with commitment, dedication, passion and pride. We will over-come anything. We will refuse to allow outside forces deter us from our mission to protect the lives and property of the citizens of our District.
As the Fire Chief, I am proud and honored to have members that continually demonstrate what it means to be servants to the community, and show compassion to those who depend on our proficiencies in times of need.
While things may look a little different in the future, as we continue to adapt to an ever-changing situation, I have the utmost confidence in our firefighters, paramedics and EMT’s to continue serving all of you pro-fessionally and responsibly. Remember, we are stronger together.