Littleton Fire Rescue is no more. On the morning of New Year's Day, acting Littleton Fire Rescue Chief Jeff Tasker stood before a small crowd of firefighters and their families in the garage of Fire …
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Littleton Fire Rescue is no more.
On the morning of New Year's Day, acting Littleton Fire Rescue Chief Jeff Tasker stood before a small crowd of firefighters and their families in the garage of Fire Station 11, attached to Littleton's city hall, and put out a call over the radio, officially taking the 128-year-old fire department out of service.
On the other end of the crackling radio, the dispatcher broadcasted Littleton's new designation as a member of South Metro Fire Rescue. The city joins many others across the south Denver metro area as part of the vast fire district.
“Welcome to the family,” the dispatcher said.
Then, as the bagpipes of the South Metro Fire Pipes and Drums ensemble wailed, Tasker presented Littleton Fire Rescue's flag to South Metro Chief Bob Baker, and the assumption of command was complete.
The historic merger makes South Metro the second-largest fire department in the state, with 30 fire stations and a staff of roughly 700.
Tasker said it was a profound honor to be Littleton's final fire chief.
“Long live the memory of the men and women of Littleton that wore the badge,” Tasker said, “who showed courage, commitment and dedication to one of the greatest fire departments in the country.”
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