Meet Your Neighbor: Frank Cavaliere of Fruita’s Lower Valley Fire and Protection District
Special to the Free Press
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Denise: What is your occupation?
Frank: I am chief of the Lower Valley Fire and Protection District. I am based out of the fire station in Fruita where our highly-qualified staff of eight career firefighters and over 20 volunteers responds to about 1,800 medical and fire calls per year in the 400-square-mile district.
Denise: How long have you been in Fruita?
Frank: I arrived here in 2004 to take up the position of fire chief. I was born in and spent my childhood in New Jersey, but I have spent most of my career as a firefighter in the West, starting in Farmington, N.M., where I worked as a firefighter for 23 years, retiring as a battalion chief. I then spent four years in Cortez, Colo., where I served as fire marshal before moving to Fruita.
Denise: Has your job changed since you moved here?
Frank: The population of Fruita has nearly doubled, hence the need for the expanded fire station. Calls to the station have increased every year by eight to 10 percent. We needed additional resources to keep up with the demand, and we now have more space for our equipment and for our firefighters to live, eat, and train during their shifts.
Denise: Do you live in Fruita?
Frank: Yes, my wife and I and our children all love living here. Fruita is a wonderful place to bring up a family.
Denise Hight is co-author of Images of America: Fruita, which was published by Arcadia Publishing in 2011. She is currently working on another book for Arcadia, Legendary Locals of Fruita, which will be published in 2016. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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