Gene Marrano

ISO rating Roanoke Fire EMSRoanoke City’s firefighting capability has been recognized by the International Standards Organization – ISO – with its highest rating, the Class 1 status. Roanoke Fire-EMS is only one of 132 departments in the entire country with that class 1 rating, which is based in part on risk reduction, fire prevention education and water availability. Fire-EMS Chief David Hoback made that announcement this morning:

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Kayak LaunchThe proposed kayak launch on the Roanoke River Greenway near the Bridges development on South Jefferson is close to becoming a reality – the first of what could be a half-dozen kayak launches on the Roanoke River “blue-way” needs to raise another ten thousand dollars before construction can get underway. Private donations are raising the 80-thousand dollars needed;the launch must be built by April to avoid the log perch mating season. Congressman Bob Goodlatte helped secure money for the greenway:

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