RFD1 vs. the city of Havre, a year-long saga


Last updated 12/22/2021 at 12:03pm

Havre Daily News/File photo

Rural Fire District 1 Board Chair Steve Jamruszka, from left, Kremlin Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kody Peterson, Havre Mayor Tim Solomon and Havre Fire Chief Mel Paulson talk Sept. 7 in a meeting in the Hill County Courthouse Timmons Room about RFD1 enforcing fire codes in the district.

This year, the city of Havre and the Rural Fire District 1 board spent nearly a year fighting over a contract that allows the city of Havre to provide fire suppression services outside of the city, a fight that ended up being one of the year’s biggest stories.

The city fire department provides services in the district, basically a ring around the city limits.

The conflict has been years in the making, with the city repeatedly asking for changes to the agreement that would see fire codes in the region locally enforced for the sake of residents’ safety and that of Havre’s firefighters...

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