Today, The Firestore dropped off an early (or late) Christmas Present for the Volunteers at BVFD. Today we received our 40 complete sets of extrication / forestry PPE. Each Member will be issued a set of Janesville Versa Pro pants and jacket, forest fire gloves, ESS safety glasses and small PPE bag to carry everything. This PPE will allow for our Firefighters to not have to wear the heavy structural PPE when fighting wildfires. This entire purchase was completed with grant funding.
As a reminder, our next Fundraiser is the Outdoor Gun and Cash Drawing on June 4th. A copy of the ticket is attached. Tickets are only $10 ! Call today to get your tickets before we sell out. This is a Joint Fundraiser with the New Franklin Fire Company. Early Bird Special this year is a pig roast. Tickets are available at either firehouse. 717-677-0870 or 717-677-9234 for tickets or more info.
The Junior Firefighters are currently selling raffle tickets for a grill. The grill can use either gas or charcoal. The winner also gets a full propane bottle. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5 or 15 for $10. The winner will be drawn at the July 9th Seafood Feast. Tickets are available at the firehouse or from any member. The Junior Firefighters would like to thank everyone for supporting their projects.
Buchanan Valley FD along with surrounding mutual aid fire departments were dispatched for a possible House Fire on Bottom Road (Box 27-5) in Franklin Twp. Engine-Tanker 27, Engine 27 & Special Unit 27 with 13 firefighters responded on the box alarm. Engine-Tanker 27 arrived reporting a 1.5 story house with smoke showing. Crews found a Chimney Fire with moderate extension in the roof and walls. Arriving units were assigned to begin opening up the walls and ceilings to extinguish the fire. Firefighters worked for 40 minutes to bring the fire under control. BVFD would like to thank our neighboring departments for their assistance on the house fire.
There were several photographers shooting pictures of this incident. Below of their galleries
Over the past week, Buchanan Valley FD has mailed out our Annual Fund Drive. This Fund Drive is a vital part of funding the operations of our volunteer organization. Fund Drive letters are mailed to the residents and/or Property Owners that BVFD serves as the primary emergency services fire department. If you did not receive a fund drive letter and feel you should have, please contact BVFD. To minimize expenses, BVFD has always handled the mailing of the funddrive in house. We do update our mailer list each year, but errors can happen and some residents could be missed. Attached is a copy of the cover letter that was mailed. Once again, BVFD would like to thank our community for their continued support!
Our 2017 Calendar of Events is now officially published ! For those of you who attend our fundraising events mark your calendars for next year. As always we appreciate your continued support helping Buchanan Valley Volunteer FD be a progressive and role model fire department. We couldn’t do it without you
Yesterday several members from Buchanan Valley FD completed the final phase of the Firefighter I training by completing a Live Burn evolution at the Franklin County Training Center. Two of these members (FF Emily Elliot & FF Karen Sanders) completed their firefighter training for the 1st time, while the others attended for a fire ops refresher. The officers would like to congratulate these members on completing the course.
This evening the Box assignment was dropped for a Garage Fire on Church Road (Box 27-1). Deputy Chief 27 (Parr) was a few miles out with a larger header of smoke and requested the Working Fire Dispatch. Engine 27w/6 arrived with a 24×40 garage well involved. Crews stretched lines and began attacking the fire. A Water Supply shuttle was established because of the location of the incident. The fire was marked under control in 1 hour. BVFD would like to thank our surrounding mutual aid fire departments for their assistance. ET14 (Irishtown FC) transferred to Station 27 to cover “The Valley” during this fire.
Yesterday around 1600, Company 27 was alerted for the subject pinned under a tree on Buchanan Valley Road Box 27-1. Engine Tanker 27, Brush 27, Special Unit 27 and the Fire Chief responded with 13 men. “27”arrived and found a victim that a tree had fallen on. Additional Fire/EMS resources were quickly cancelled and Engine Tanker 27 remained on scene to assist PSP and the Coroner. BVFD27 would also like to Thank the local neighbors for their quick response with farm equipment / front end loaders to stabilize the incident.
“Neighbors Helping Neighbors”
With having a weekend of no fundraisers, BVFD decided to have a Sunday morning water supply drill. Even with a steady rain, 17 BVFD Volunteers attended the Drill. Topics covered were drafting, pumping lines of different lengths at the same time, relay pumping, running of lines and a pump review (pump pressure calculations). Several new Drivers also received pump time during this drill.