Dace Bergen

Fake “Fire Prevention” Co. Posing As Fire Inspectors, Targeting Area Businesses

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill Fire Department is warning people that there have been reports of individuals impersonating fire inspectors in the area. These fake inspectors have been charging people. “Any local fire inspector in the town of Chapel Hill is not going to show up and ask payment for any type of service or any type of inspection. If we find a violation, we may charge for that—but the CHFD does not collect currently,” said Dace Bergen, CHFD Interim Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal. Bergen says the fake inspectors are working under a made-up company called “Fire Prevention. Impersonators claimed to conduct kitchen inspections or system service and targeted merchants including convenience stores and restaurants. The reports have been in Durham but Bergen says business owners in Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas should still be on alert. “Know who is servicing and taking care of you, know what companies are servicing your equipment, and make sure that they are reputable,” Bergen explained. Bergen says this happened several years ago in Durham and they believe the same people are behind the scheme. Anyone with information should contact the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760, Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515, or Deputy Fire Marshal Johnny Parker with the Chapel Hill Fire Department at...

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Chapel Hill Kept The Wreath Green In 2012

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill Fire Department is happy to announce that it’s annual Keep the Wreath Green campaign saw great success this year. “This year, we were fortunate throughout the entire holiday season; we didn’t have a single structure fire,” says Interim Fire Marshal Dace Bergen. “So, we’re really happy about that.” Each year, the Fire Department places a wreath covered in green bulbs on Fire Station No. 1, and—with every structure fire that takes place—replaces a green bulb with a red one. Bergen says the campaign has been going on for more than a decade in Chapel Hill and this is the first time in its history that the wreath stayed green all month long. “The whole idea of it is to raise fire safety awareness during the holidays,” Bergen says. “We’ve always been pretty fortunate in Chapel Hill in terms of the number of structure fires that we have in December, which is actually a little lower than the national average. So, every year we try to raise fire safety awareness through that Keep the Wreath Green program.” Bergen says the Fire Department does its part all year to stay active in the community in preventing fires, not just putting those out that occur. However, he says without the community buying in to it, the job isn’t complete. “A lot of times it’s just being aware, being...

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