Sparta fire chief celebrates 50 years with department

  • Source: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse
  • Published: 04/09/2018 03:48 PM

VIDEO: Looking back on his time from the 70's and 80's, Sparta Fire Chief Mike Arnold will tell you a lot has changed throughout the years. "We had rubber rain coats, basically that's what they were, and you had a helmet that had no protection whatsoever." From party line phone systems, to smart phone apps, even the communication is much different. "We get IM responding, we get a two tone text on our phone, plus we get paged and plus we get messaging." And while the gear and technology look nothing like they used to, Mike says the purpose remains the same.


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