This link is to our paypal link. We are using this link as we move one more step into the future.
We are looking at various ways that we can get with the community not just to "ask for money," but instead to be able to explain the reasons for donations that we are requesting. In the future we are looking at potentially starting what is known as a "Commissary Store." This is an area where members of the community are able to purchase (your donation would go towards a purchase of an item), such as "I am a Pine Village Fire Department Supporter" T Shirt.
We are not currently at that point yet. Right now we are moving towards fulfilling the state requirement of purchasing an extractor which is a machine that is designed to clean our gear when we work a structure fire. The "constant off-gassing" of a fire seeps onto our gear. We have to clean that gear inside the station and not bring it to our homes. The danger to those we live with are too high. So, that is the point that we are at right now.
In the future, we will continue to move forward into other areas where those that we serve are able to make donations that can assist the department in various aspects. Some of those projects will be purchasing of new air packs, purchasing of Extrication equipment. Those are just a couple of the big items that we are looking at. Everything that we are doing is for the betterment of the people that we serve.
So, that is the reason for the link. It will also be placed on our Facebook page.
Transparency: For everything that we are requesting donations for, we will lay out the current request. We will explain the reason for the request and we will lay out the benefit that the request is going to provide. For those who are donating, we understand that there is an accounting that must take place. We do not take this lightly, and we want each and everyone to understand this.
If anyone has any questions of; 1) what we are currently soliciting for, 2) the purpose of the item, 3) what the benefit is to YOU as someone that we serve then please ask. I know that many people called and asked questions regarding the photos. Everyone needs to understand that they can continue to do this. When we are asking you for your hard-earned money we do not take this lightly. As such, we are prepared to give you a full accounting.
The final statement is: When we talk about things such as these items, it is a more "dark" days situation. We do not want that. However, we want you to rest at ease that we are working to get more and more trained, as well as working to get more and more of our people certified in these skills. Some of you have had me stop by your beautiful new homes. Then I immediately start talking about your worst day (your new home burning), but in reality, I am planning on how to rescue each and every one of you out of that home. When we start talking about vehicle extrication equipment, we are talking about how to ensure that we have what we need, and the training to ensure that we are ready to help.
Fire/Arson Investigator - CPT - NREMT-B
Fill out the link above, and when complete, the request will come directly to CPT Herpel who will set up the specifics.
This is one of the chimney fire videos that we are going to share. We are going to share another one soon. It is critical to notice a couple of things. This one is in Modesto California. Somewhere that you would not think of having a chimney fire.
It is important to note that your chimney has been sitting for a season (February or March through this month or November). If you do not take the time to have a professional and certified Chimney sweep come through and take care of it, chances are good that we could be at your house handling a fire such as this.
NOTE: This is the first of two. We will post the second one as soon as I have it. Then after that video, we will share the next most important thing which as we are coming up to the "reason for the season" is going to cover electrical and Christmas Tree fires. So, those are going to be a couple of videos. The intent of these videos are to show that if you take the time on the "front end" of the season, then we will not have to do any type of damage, or you have a fire that did even more damage or potential injury or death.
Please feel free to ask questions, and we will be happy to address them.
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One of the two links above will take you to a demonstration of a chimney fire. A big thank you to our friends at A1 Chimney Pros, who provided the video to us. We cannot stress enough the importance of your taking this seriously.
REMEMBER - DO NOT TRY TO TAKE ON THE FIRE!!! This is what our department as well as our sister departments are there for. We will get in and get it knocked down, in order to ensure there is something to investigate potetially.
Some points to note in the video.
1. At 24 seconds the smoke is rolling out. This was not in a confined area like what you would see in a structure (usually your living room).
Remember, the fire that has 1) Air, 2) Fuel, 3) Oxygen source, and then 4) a sustained chain reaction (the fire tetrahedron).
2. 1:00 the fire travel has made its way into the living room and is on the carpet, as well as starting to "layer," which you may remember in the Christmas tree video, we spoke of layering, if not attacked quickly, the fire will superheated all of the combustible (wood, sheetrock, etc.), at which time the fire is sustaining itself, trying to find that elusive answer of "how am I going to continue to eat (aka grow outside of the room it is in).
3. At 2:00 minutes, the fire is self-sustaining outside of the fireplace. The smoke is going to layer inside of the room.
4. At 3:00 minutes, you can see the volatile fire outside of the fireplace. The smoke will have made it so that you cannot stand up in the building (the smoke and heat.
5. 4:45, the fire is not blowing out on the chimney.
6. Indoors, you immediately need to understand what is going on. Smoke layering is a phenomenon that should never be taken lightly. If you are in that situation, then you need to get out.
Where does this leave you? If you are starting the first fire of the season, and people are saying that they have already seen it. Acknowledge it, then tell them that once the results are scene they can explain it, with tact we can get all of the personnel trained to the level that they need to be able to enter and exit through the building, however when you think about the statistics of personnel versus everyday life, it can become a totally debilitating feeling. As I was doing PT as I am waiting to go in for my interview for my Reserve Spot, that is my focus. Your focus needs to be to deliver those kids are safe. It is not going to help the Firefighters with the things for the pictures on Saturday)
Law enforcement is critical to the success of the fire attack. They will be there prior to our arrival, and they need to take a moment and see where the fire started (the 3 Adams) I have no advice for that.
We will get it cleared up soon.
Thank you for the assistance.
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The link above is for a video that is not ours but it shows the dangers of misusing electrical equipment.
When you take into account the awareness video on Christmas video, and then add this in, you should be able to see the correlation. We all have either done it, or we are continuing to do it. The purpose of this video is to break down the issue. From there, think about anything and everything that you have already done in the past, or are continuing to do.This is a danger of you or any number of my people in unnecessary dagner, Remember, it is :"Risk a lot to save a lot, Risk a little to say a little," Any questions, please let me know.
Fire/Arson Investigator - NREMT-B, Health and Safety Officer
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