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Retired Cut Bank Volunteer Fire Chief Mark Kropp and Dean Berkram each served on the Cut Bank Volunteer Fire Department (CBVFD) for 20 years before retiring and each believes the CBVFD is one of the finest and well-trained volunteer fire departments in the state thanks, in part, to the support of the community and local businesses.

This year, Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 3-9. The theme for the year is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” The men of the Cut Bank Volunteer Fire Department (CBVFD) take Fire Prevention Week very seriously.

Things like checking smoke alarms twice per year, stop, drop and roll and having a meeting place are some of the most vital things for a family to discuss,” stated Dean Berkram, former CBVFD fireman and Fire Chief.

“The most important message that I hope kids took away during my time on the fire department would be not to play with matches or lighters, to test smoke alarms and change batteries and to have an escape plan. These three things will keep their families and our firefighters safe,” added Mark Kropp, another former fireman and retired fire chief.

“Serving Glacier County as a member of the CBVFD was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life,” said Kropp. “This department is hands down one of the finest volunteer fire departments in the state…”

“The Fire Chief position is demanding,” Berkram explained. “Safety of the firefighters is the most important part of the job.”

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