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Lisa Allmendinger on September 21st, 2016

The Chelsea Area Fire Authority Board spent about two hours discussing a lengthy agenda on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and appointed members to a number of  important committees including budget, union negotiations, and millage. After hearing from its auditor, who gave CAFA’s books an unqualified opinion, he cautioned the board about its recurrent need to use […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on September 18th, 2016

The search committee tasked with helping find a new Chelsea Area Fire Authority chief has finalized a job description. It can be found below.

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By Elizabeth Richardson and Lisa Allmendinger Several Chelsea Area Fire Authority firefighters spent Wednesday afternoon unloading box after box of new air packs, air bottles and air masks. The breathing apparatus — 16 air packs, 32 bottles and 14 masks – are much needed fire safety equipment that arrived at Chelsea Station 1 yesterday thanks […]

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Jon Ichesco was unanimously selected, 4-0, as the interim Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA) chief at a special meeting held Thursday night, Sept. 1. Board Member Craig Maier was out of town. Ichesco has been in the fire service since 1983 and served as the Ypsilanti Fire Chief until Jan. 1, 2013 when he retired. […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on August 8th, 2016

A committee of people representing each of the member municipalities that comprise the Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA) and the firefighters has determined and posted the criteria for selecting an interim fire chief with the pending retirement of Chief Jim Payeur expected to take place in the next month. Those on the committee are CAFA […]

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The Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA) has been awarded a federal grant that will help the authority replace much needed equipment including SCBA breathing apparatus, fire hose and turn out gear. “The SCBA replacement allows most of the fire departments in the county to have the same units,” Jim Payeur wrote in his chief’s report, […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 22nd, 2016

With the impending retirement of Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA) Chief Jim Payeur, the CAFA board formed a two-person committee to begin discussing a process for finding a new chief. At the CAFA Board meeting on June 21, Board Chairman Tom Osborne and newly elected board Secretary Peter Feeney agreed to meet tonight, June 22, […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on June 16th, 2016

After several years on the Chelsea Area Fire Authority Board, Linda Reilly, the Lyndon Township representative on the regional board, attended her last meeting on May 17. “I stepped aside from the board so an interested resident could get the full picture of what was going on as a board member,” Reilly said Wednesday night. […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on May 18th, 2016

After more than 10 years as the current chief of Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA), Jim Payeur submitted a 3-page retirement letter to the CAFA board on Tuesday morning, May 17. His last day will be Nov. 30. In a letter dated May 14 to the board, he said he began his 45 years in […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 20th, 2016

Chelsea Area Fire Authority Chief Jim Payeur told the board Tuesday morning. April 19, that the authority had received a $1,000 grant from the Enbridge Pipeline Company’s Safe Community Center Grant Program to purchase a thermal imaging camera. In addition, Chelsea is one of several county fire departments that has applied for a regional grant […]

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