Development group Cardon Global has given a helping hand to make sure Williston’s firefighters are prepared to handle any emergency at the new Williston Basin International Airport.
At the Tuesday, July 9 meeting of the Williston City Commission, Rick Skumavc, Vice President of Construction Services for Cardon Global, presented Williston Fire Chief Jason Catrambone with a check for $5,000 to go towards specialized training for several firefighting personnel. The fire department has 25 staff that took part in an Air Rescue Fire Fighting class that certified them to meet the necessary standards for the FAA as well as the National Professional Qualifications Standards Board.
Catrambone said the training specializes in teaching the fire fighters about aircraft rescue and firefighting. The 40 hour class gave comprehensive training on how to handle aircraft emergencies, such as a fuel fire or a crashed aircraft. Such specialized training can be quite costly, so Catrambone said he’s thankful for Cardon Global’s donation.
“Training is always expensive, especially when we bring people in to do it,” he told the Williston Herald. “Their donation helped get it up here, helped put our people through it, and with their connection to the airport, it’s greatly appreciated. They’re doing so much work on that project, and then to have them help us get ready for it also, we can’t thank them enough.”
“We are pleased to present the City of Williston’s Fire Department with this check, to assist in this significant training opportunity.” Cardon Global CEO Don Cardon said in a letter to the commission.
Also at the meeting:
A public hearing was held regarding a new brewer taproom license for the Busted Knuckle Brewery. Shawn Wenko, Executive Director of Economic Development, said the brewery, which will be located in the old county building across from Cash Wise, will be doing extensive remodeling of the facility to add on-site brewing and that it will have an “old garage type atmosphere.” There were no comments during the public hearing, and Commissioner Brad Bekkedahl, seconded by Tate Cymbaluk, made a motion to approve the Busted Knuckle Brewery application for a Brewer Taproom License, contingent on meeting all Building and Fire Department inspection requirements and providing the Auditor’s Office with Final Documents of State Business Registration.
Mayor Howard Klug presented that Rick Tangedal submitted a letter of resignation from the Parking Authority Board, effective June 12, 2019. The Board suggested Abbey McNamee be appointed as his replacement and McNamee agreed to the position. A motion was made by Cymbaluk and seconded by Bekkedahl to approve McNamee to the Parking Authority Board for a five-year term. McNamee is the co-owner of the Grand Cinemas in Williston.