S: Nicholas G Pavone, RSFFPD 1979 - 2010
FC: Fire Chief Nicholas G Pavone
1: Nicholas G Pavone Started his career on February 1, 1979 as a Fireman and retired from his career as Fire Chief on July 31, 2010
2: Fireman Nicholas G Pavone February 1, 1979 | From top left Bill Lutz,Garland Duckworth, Curt Fisher, Carl Pohlmann Nick Pavone and Dallas Neville
3: Above is Phil Pieper, Nick Pavone, Tim Dibsie Dan Carey
7: Above picture from the annual appreciation dinner! Curt Fisher is holding the infamous burnt toast award! Also in the picture is Mike Shore, Dan Carey, in background is Jack Mullins and Chief Pete Pedersen
8: Nick teaching CPR to the community
9: Grand opening of the Fairbanks Ranch Station #3 February 11, 1984
10: The Story of Nick and a Pencil Long ago, in a different time of RSFFPD, anyone employed there could be written up for the slightest infraction of the rules...even when the rule wasn't written down! Nick was a company officer, assigned to the newly completed Station 3 in the Fairbanks Ranch area. This station did not receive a lot of calls within their own service area, but covered the other areas on a regular basis. As with all RSF stations at the time, there was an engine company and a BLS ambulance assigned to the station, covered by a single complement of 3 personnel. The officer at each station was charged with coordinating the daily schedule of events and overseeing those assigned to his shift. Nick would always perform those duties with confidence and provide leadership and guidance to his people. Not only displaying leadership during incidents, but also as an example of how a station should be efficiently run. Part of the responsibility of each officer at a fire station is to make sure that the people assigned are always prepared to respond to any request for help at a moment's notice, ensuring a rapid and precise response. During those years, Rancho enjoyed a Computer Aided system, but relied on a manual means at each outlying station of copying the important information on a call. As luck would have it, one day when Nick was working the CAD system was down, and the need for his engine to respond to an incident became apparent. The dispatcher on duty called Station 3 on the phone to request his response. For some reason, there was no pencil or pen near the phone, so Nick had to ask the dispatcher to hold while he found one. Wouldn't you know it, the Fire Chief was in dispatch at the time and noted this delay. When Nick's engine returned from the call, the chief was waiting for him. He had to explain why there was a delay. He was later written up for the "delay in responding to the call." Did the punishment fit the crime? Not really, as was often the case. But to his credit, Nick didn't complain about it, he just made sure that there was forever more a writing implement and paper near each phone!
11: The Story of Nick, Technology, and Physics Perhaps it was just luck, but when Nick worked at Station 3, trouble often followed. whether it was just difficult calls, preparedness issues like having a pencil handy, or working out the logistical problems of running a slow station, it was a challenge for the officer on duty at RSF 3. On this particular day, not only was Nick the Captain at the relatively new RSF 3, but it was also one of the first days that a "new technology" had been installed in the units at RSF 3. A device called a "Modat" was installed in the radio, a device that allowed the unit to change it's status by just a touch of a button...sending a radio signal back to the Computer Aided Dispatch system that would track the unit. About this same time, the Chief Officers of RSF were pressing hard on all the company officers to reduce their response times. The importance of getting out of the station once a call was received in under a minute was the new standard to meet, and then drive expeditiously on the most direct route to the incident. The station was outfitted with common door locks and automatic garage door openers in order to assist in getting the units out of quarters in a timely manner. It didn't take long for field personnel to realize that the goal of meeting that "less than a minute" out-of-chute time was attainable, thanks to the technology provided by the Modat. A unit didn't actually have to be moving to now indicate to CAD that it was in route to the emergency. They just had to "hit the button." On this one day, as a call came to RSF 3 for its ambulance, Nick and his crew put into action the well-rehearsed plan to suit up, secure the station, and depart for the scene. Someone pushed the door opener as the crew climbed into the ambulance. The ambulance was started, crew belted in, emergency lights activated, and as the driver put the ambulance in gear, Nick pushed the "responding" button while in the garage in order to indicate they were in route. Well, sometimes technologies can compete with each other. It was unknown until that fateful day that when the units were in the garage and the radio signal that was used by the Modats, it actually interfered with the radio signal of the garage door opener. The ambulance had to respond to the call without emergency lights, as the light bar had been cleaned off the roof of the ambulance by the closing garage door as they left the bay! Nick had to write a "Dear Fire Chief" letter upon returning, explaining why the damaged light bar matched the shape of the dent in the garage door!
12: Chief Pavone started his career at Fairbanks Ranch Station 3 and he ended his career with Fairbanks Ranch Station 3 being re-built!
13: Ground Braking of the Fairbanks Ranch Fire Station re-build! July 1, 2010
14: above left: Chief Pedersen, Nick, Jim Sturtevant & Denny Neville Above right: Marshall Jordan, Fred Cox, Mike Shore and Lawrence Gordon III below: Bill Anderson Chief Pedersen, Nick Pavone, Lawrence Gordon III
15: Nick receiving Firefighter of the year award! | July 1988
17: Rancho Days event in September typically begins with the RSFFPD pancake breakfast!
18: Annual Golf Tournament Nick, Tony Michel, Pete Pedersen and Eric Tague | Resting on the course is Tony Michel, Mark Richards, Nick and Eric Tague
21: Certificate of Appreciation December 8, 1999 Headquarters Facility Project. To the left: pictures from the the annual appreciation dinner!
22: Our first Department photo - 1993 taken for Chief Pedersen's retirement
24: Rancho Days Pancake Breakfast | Nick is always available to serve up some breakfast!
25: Who wants sausage?
30: Swearing in as the new Fire Chief
31: Department photo taken for Chief Willis' retirement. September 2005
32: So many events and functions to attend......
34: Connie Balignasay, Karlena Rannals, Dina Bussey The faithful three for 20+ years!
35: Administrative Personnel from left to right Dina Bussey, Karlena Rannals, Connie Balignasay, Nick, Cliff Hunter, Jennifer Stoffey, Mike Scott, Renee Hill and Julie Taber
37: Last days as Fire Chief
38: The gangs all here.....well almost! Can you name them? September 29, 2010
39: Department photo for Chief Pavone's retirement. September 29, 2010