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Chief Noonan, fire district honored

Durango Herald file photo <br><br>Chief Dan Noonan of the Durango Fire Protection District talks with then Board President Emil Wanatka at Seasons Rotisserie and Grill at the annual Burning Down the House dinner in 2014. Noonan and the district were honored by the Special District Association as the 2014 J. Evan Goulding District of the Year.

People often honor those who are stepping down from long-held positions, and that is certainly the case for Durango Fire Protection District Chief Dan Noonan, who is stepping down after 39 years of serving the community in various emergency services capacities.

At its recent annual meeting, the Colorado Special District Association honored Noonan and DFPD as the J. Evan Goulding District of the Year.

The award noted the challenges over an 18-year period of unifying three different fire protection districts and one paramedic service to create one district, one board and a single revenue stream. Throw in a combination of fully paid and volunteer firefighters with different cultures, training and languages, and the job has been a challenge.

The association has more than 1,500 members, which provide numerous services ranging from fire protection to water and wastewater districts to hospitals, libraries and cemeteries.

To learn more about the reasons for the honor, visit http://bit.ly/1Xa1aFD.

Herald Staff

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