Mall hosting emergency exercise

CNJ Staff Local emergency responders are conducting an exercise at North Plains Mall this morning to simulate a mass casualty incident, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. Westerman said the exercise was sprung on responders this morning to put them through the paces of responding to a large scale incident. “Everything’s going real well,” […]

Mobile home catches fire, no one harmed

CNJ staff An unoccupied mobile home suffered excessive damage when it caught fire Friday, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. Firefighters were called to the home, located at 324 Ewing St. on the west side of Clovis, around 7:30 a.m., Westerman said. “The extinguishment was uneventful,” he said. The cause of the fire is […]

Chief: Structure fires suspicious in nature

CNJ staff Clovis firefighters have responded to three fires at vacant residential structures since Saturday, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. “They are all suspicious in nature,” he said. “It is unusual for us to have so many at a time.” Fire and law enforcement are working together on the investigations, he said. Including […]

Commission rejects fire department pay increase

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission voted down a proposed pay increase for city fire department employees. The plan called for using about $240,000 from five vacant firefighter positions to increase the pay of about 50 middle-range jobs, which includes paramedic, lieutenant and driver/operator posts. Commissioner Robert Sandoval, who voted against […]

Fire damages Kripple Creek restaurant

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A fire started about 1 a.m. Monday at the Kripple Creek restaurant and caused significant damage to the kitchen, fire officials said. CNJ staff A fire early Monday morning caused significant damage to the Kripple Creek restaurant on north Prince Street, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. The business […]

Fire chief promotes new pay plan for staff

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman introduced his plan to retain experienced firefighters in a study session following Thursday’s City Commission meeting. Westerman said the $272,000 plan that calls for revamping the pay and benefits scale for 74 of the department’s 78 positions doesn’t require additional funding. “I achieved that […]

Commission passes $49 million budget

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commission adopted a $49 million budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year at Thursday’s meeting, over the opposition of Commissioner Ron Edwards, who faulted it for not addressing pay adjustments for firefighters and emergency medical technicians. Edwards said the fire department is “headed for a train wreck” because […]

Fire chief: $400,000 in funds expected

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The city should receive about $400,000 in state fire funds in the coming fiscal year that will help pay for equipment and station improvements, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. The money is enabling the fire department to continue to work to improve its fire protection classification, Westerman […]

CFD rates among best in state

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Lt. Ricky Mitchell, center, watches as driver-operator Shane Warner, left, and probationary firefighter Shane Woodard practice ladder drills behind the main fire station earlier this month. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A topnotch fire department translates into more state funding and lower insurance rates for city homeowners and businesses. Clovis […]

Time capsule unearthed

CNJ Staff A time capsule buried in downtown Clovis was unearthed Thursday. Buried in 1957, the capsule was discovered on the north side of the Clovis Fire Department beneath a sidewalk. “(The capsule) looks great … for being buried for 50 years,” Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said Friday. The exact locale of the capsule […]