A Message from Lowell Hardin
It has been quite a while since I penned a “From the Chief” article. During that time much has occurred. We are facing continued variants of COVID and the pandemic continues. Worker shortages across the county are impacting healthcare, transportation, food services, manufacturing, and many other industries. The political divide continues to grow. Home and lot sales are booming, and there are many other changes in our society.
Despite these changes, our department continues to grow and prosper. We continued to add membership, add needed equipment, increase training, and expand our services. In 2021, we responded to 34 calls for service which included EMS calls, fire alarms, structure fires, and wildland fires. Your support has allowed us to exceed expectations!
We continue to grow our presence within the county through both mutual aid responses and training with our neighboring departments. This builds teamwork and trust and will allow us to continue to support other departments and grow their willingness to support us when needed. We are planning additional multi-departmental training sessions in 2022.
We have collaborated with Hamilton County Haz-Mat and we now have three personnel trained in Haz-Mat Awareness and Operations. We are working to finalize our fire inspection program and have one member completing his Firefighter I certification. As of January, all department members have completed the 16-hour Introduction to Fire & Emergency Services course, and most have completed the 64-hour Basic Firefighter certification. We will be hosting an additional 64-hour course this year.
As our development grows, our department must grow to meet the need. We hope to complete construction of Station 2 in March and we are finalizing the equipment for Engine 3 which will be placed in that station. This will allow more effective response and coverage of Sunset View and Jasper Farms. Please see some highlights of our growth below:
* We are working to increase our number of trained EMS personnel
* Added multigas detectors
* Added extrication airbags
* Started Transition to cordless ventilation and rescue saws
* Certified all personnel on Emergency Vehicle Operation
* Trained our team in structure fire rescue methods
Our goal is to be ready to respond to the needs of our growing community. If you are interested in joining a strong team that enjoys serving your community, please call Assistant Chief Richard Hahn or myself.
Thank you for your continued support.
Lowell Hardin, RN, MSN, NRP, NHDP-BC Chief