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Lisa Allmendinger on January 3rd, 2017

At a special meeting on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 at the Chelsea District Library, the Chelsea Area Fire Authority Board chose Robert Arbini as the new fire chief. Board chairman Tom Osborne said he hopes that Arbini can begin his new job in March — pending background checks. Currently, Arbini is the Division Chief of […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on January 1st, 2017

Firefighters James Gaken and Nate Saarinen were officially hired by the Chelsea Area Fire Authority on Nov. 22 and they’ve known each other since high school. Gaken, 20, is a fifth generation firefighter who graduated from Chelsea High School in 2014. Saarinen, 21, is the first firefighter in his family and a 2013 graduate of […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 28th, 2016

The Chelsea Area Fire Authority Board will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 9 a.m. to interview the final three candidates for the fire chief position. The meeting will take place in the McKune Room at the Chelsea District Library. The planned format is about an hour interview with each candidate. This […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 22nd, 2016

The Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA) unanimously approved its $1.462 million budget at its meeting on Dec. 20 with one member absent. In addition, Interim Fire Chief Jon Ichesco told the board that CAFA would be getting new fire hose and 14 sets of new turnout gear. All but about $2,100 of the $18,840 cost […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on December 13th, 2016

(The Longworth Family held a memorial service on Dec. 10 for David Longworth who passed away on Nov. 22, 2016.) On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to thank the members of the VFW who came to my father’s memorial service to honor him for his service in the Navy. Presenting my […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 25th, 2016

The Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA) now has two new full-time firefighters on staff — James Gaken and Nate Saarinen. In addition, interim Chelsea Fire Chief Jon Ichesco told the CAFA Board at its regular meeting on Nov. 22 that Eric Stanley had been promoted to the rank of fire lieutenant. The board also adopted […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 25th, 2016

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 27th, 2016

The Chelsea Area Fire Authority  (CAFA) Board voted unanimously on Oct. 25 to hire two additional firefighters, which will mean that there will be three full-time firefighters on duty 24-7 each shift in the near future. Previously, CAFA had nine full-time firefighters thanks to a SAFER grant. Currently, there are two shifts of three firefighters […]

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Lisa Allmendinger on October 24th, 2016

(Publisher’s note: The Chelsea Area Fire Authority board is now meeting in the evening at 7 p.m. in the Chelsea City Council chambers in the Chelsea Municipal Building.)

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