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Old guard opposes fire dept. name change

Old guard opposes fire dept. name change

Jack Durham Mad River Union ARCATA/McKINLEYVILLE – Much to the consternation of some long-time volunteers and former employees, the Arcata Fire Protection District (AFPD) is contemplating a name change. Giving the fire department a new identity is among the many recommendations included in the latest draft of the district’s strategic plan, a document that would

Desmond Cowan picked as new AFD fire chief

After announcing a shared services plan with Humboldt Bay Fire, then canceling it, the Arcata Fire Protection District Board (AFPD) last week appointed Assistant Chief Desmond Cowan as Fire Chief. Cowan is a 21-year Arcata firefighter who has worked at all ranks in the organization. He is the first local graduate of the National Fire

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