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Mountain View Fire Rescue gets second battalion and new fire truck in Superior – Boulder Daily Camera

Battalion Chief Tim Mallon is with Mountain View Fire Rescue’s new fire truck. Mountain View Fire Rescue’s crews in Superior are expanding to include a second battalion and three battalion chiefs have been selected. MVFR has purchased a new battalion truck for the task. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Mountain View Fire Rescue has announced it will be adding a second battalion to its ranks.

Mountain View Fire Rescue spokesman Rick Tillery said that given the department’s size and wide geographic coverage, it made sense to “add additional strength” to the crews.

Tillery explained that a battalion is an organizational structure for managing multiple units in a fire district within its area of ​​responsibility. The new battalion will consist of about 80 people.

“We cover the area from Flagstaff to beyond Mead, and when you only have one chief on duty at a time, it’s challenging, I mean physically,” Tillery said. “It means a lot more direct supervision and responsibility, and they can better oversee daily operations when they’re split up like that.”

Mountain View Fire Rescue serves an area of ​​approximately 250 square miles, including Boulder, Dacono, Erie, Mead, Niwot, Superior, and unincorporated areas in Boulder and Weld counties.

According to Mountain View Fire Rescue’s Facebook post, three battalion chiefs have been selected to lead Mountain View Fire Station No. 5: Battalion Chief Sean Flagg, who will lead the A shift, Battalion Chief Mike Lee, who will lead the B shift, and Battalion Chief Tim Mallon.

Tillery said three newly elected battalion chiefs took office in the first or second week of June.

Mountain View Fire Rescue Station #5 is located at 2701 S. Indiana St. in Superior.

“Reports are that everything is going really well. The local community in Superior has already noticed that one of five (battalion chief’s) stations is there, so it’s reassuring for them to know that the leadership is present down there,” Tillery said.

And along with their new roles comes a brand new fire truck, the Fire Engine 2270.

June 27: Tim Mallon, battalion chief, is with the new truck. A second battalion will be added to the Mountain View Fire Department's rescue crews in Superior and three battalion chiefs have been selected. MVFR has purchased a new battalion truck for the task. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
Mountain View Fire Rescue in Superior is expanding its rescue teams to include a second battalion and three battalion chiefs have been appointed. A new battalion truck has also been added to the MVFR firefighting arsenal. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Newly elected Mountain View Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Mallon said that while his role has been challenging so far, he is excited to take on the role of leading the firefighters.

“It’s like learning to ski. You don’t know how to use every muscle because you don’t know which ones not to use. I’m trying to figure out which muscles to use,” Mallon said. “After taking on the role, I realized I still have a lot to learn. Right now I’m just soaking it all in, keeping my ears open and my mouth shut.”

According to Tillery, Mountain View Fire Rescue’s headquarters will be located at Mountain View Fire Rescue Station No. 5 because it is more centrally located in its service area. Previously, the headquarters was located at Station No. 13.

“This is really exciting because we now have a new headquarters that will help us keep our headquarters in the district. And now that we have two battalions, that will help our residents a lot and give them peace of mind knowing that we have the leadership there day in and day out,” Tillery said.

Mountain View Fire Rescue has 14 stations, but only 11 of them are used for emergency calls, according to Mallon. Two of the other stations are dedicated to housing fire apparatus and one is used as an administration building.

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