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A team from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International is conducting a site visit of the Fargo Fire Department this week. They will interview various Fire and City department personnel. This is the third time the Fire Department has been reviewed for accreditation. Due to the efforts of the Fire Department to become accredited, several policies, procedures and planning documents have been put in place over the past 10 years which have led to the City of Fargo advancing from an Insurance Services Office classification 3 to a Class 1. The Fargo Fire Department is one of only 95 fire departments internationally that are accredited with an ISO Class 1.

To date in 2020, the number of building permits is holding steady at 973, compared to 996 in 2019. Single-family home permits are up 21 percent so far in 2020 and to date, 483 apartment units have been permitted. Permit valuations are up 206 percent in values from 2019.

The all ages Summer Reading Program “Imagine Your Story” continues through August 15. Upcoming events include Grab & Go Crafts for Teens featuring dreamcatchers available July 28, a Cookbook Club online event for adults runs through August 6, the Reading Rocks! program has started where kids can paint the name of their favorite book on a rock, leave the rock in a place where someone else can find it, and then that person can bring the rock to the library and check out the book for themselves.

A Mars STEM kit is available at all Library locations to celebrate NASA’s July 30 launch of the rover Perseverance. The packet includes materials for kids to make their own rover and helicopter as well as suggested resources to learn more about NASA rovers and Mars and the last Take and Make craft event for adults starts August 3 and features a rainbow wall hanging kit.