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Saturday, October 30th, 2021

I wanted to take a moment to address our PayPal establishment. The reason for it, the short-range goal, a mid-term goal, and a long-range goal. I will then establish how it is for the benefit of you the donor.

We first want to thank those who have taken advantage of the photo session (and provided donations up to this point). We are about halfway to where we need to be on this project.

This is where we will start.

Short-Term - Extractor

Mid-Term - Extrication Equipment

Long-Term - Upgrade of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)

Short-Term (Completion Date - January 2022) - Extractor

Purpose: Cleaning of Structural Firefighting Gear

Explanation: When you see a fire, you are witnessing a complex event. We call it a Fire Tetrahedron. Inside of that, FOUR THINGS MUST be present and they are 1. Fuel, 2. Oxygen 3. Heat and 4. Self-Sustaining Combustion. If you remove any of those four, then a fire cannot continue to grow or sustain. What we do as a fire department/firefighter is try to get in there and disrupt one or more of those. Another thing that you are seeing is fire, and smoke. In general, people do not understand what smoke is. Smoke is (to put it simply) fuel. It is unburned parts of whatever is burning. So, if you think of a huge piece of wood, it does not burn, All four of those parts have to be in play, the big piece of wood IS the FUEL. However, there has to be Oxygen, and that big piece of wood has to heat to the point that it starts to SMOKE. The smoke is the compounds of the wood that are waiting for the remaining parts of the Tetrahedron, that being the heat and then eventually the self-sustaining combustion. The problem that we have is that when we are entering into a structure, the items inside the house are not just the wood. A traditional wood-framed house, without modern furnishings, would have mostly wood products. However, if you have purchased anything from a furniture store in the last 10 years, those pieces of furniture are made of synthetic materials. So, we go in, and the homes have Hydrogen Sulfide, Hydrogen Cyanide, and many other toxic gases. These are what incapacitate people in a fire and eventually kill them. All of those gases get trapped in our gear. Our Standard Operating Procedures/Standard Operating Guidelines state that our personnel is NOT to take their gear into their houses. A paid department will have sometimes two (2) sets of gear. They will go to a fire, they will get back in quarters and put their gear in the extractor and put a clean set in service. These personnel are not on duty 24/7 like we are. The other part of this is that by 2022, we have to have the Extractor in place inside of the station in order to apply for the ACT 833 grant monies. The ACT 833 money though covers our operating expenses every year (repairing trucks etc). So, the extractor is short-term and that is what you are helping us with, so we can ensure that our gear is being washed in the station.

Once this goal is reached - our next goal -

Mid-Term (Completion Goal Date - September - December 2022) Extrication Equipment (Power Unit, Cutter, Spreader (or a Combi) and a Ram)

Purpose: The equipment will be placed on our Engine 1 (E1). We use Engine 1 as our "Rescue." This Engine is the "Second Due" Engine to fires, and our First Due to any car accidents. We have "Cribbing" and warning signs on it currently.

Explanation: Extrication tools allow us to do a multitude of things. The power unit is simply that. It powers our tools. If we go with a "Combi-Tool" it is a combination Cutter/Spreader. It allows us to be able to cut through doorposts. So, you have a decent understanding, think about your vehicle, sitting facing forward, to the Left Front of the driver's side is the "A-Pillar, then the Passenger's side is the A-Pillar." Then it goes back from there. We are able to do either a "Rollback" of a roof, or remove the entire roof, depending on what we need to do to remove a patient without causing further injuries to the patient. The "ram" is a device that we attach to the power unit, then we prop at the lower portion of the "B-Pillar" and we are able to "roll" the dash if a patient's legs are trapped. So, that is going to be our mid-term goal.

Once this is reached -

Long-Term (Completion - September - December 2023) Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)

Purpose: The purpose of the SCBA is for us to be able to enter into a structure fire, either find the seat of the fire and extinguish it, or conduct search and rescue (or both, depending on the situation)

Explanation: Our current SCBA's while they do a job, they are not to the level that we need them. However, we are comfortable enough with them to put them on the "Long-Term" calendar. The replacement ones we will be looking at will accomplish a couple of tasks. 1) They will work more with Mayflower Fire (they are the department we run 99% of our structure fires with), thus enabling the ability to have more people able to change out as needed. 2) The replacements will have an "Integrated Personal Alert Safety System (PASS)." So, instead of our people having to remember to turn them on, once air runs through the hose, it automatically activates the PASS. What the PASS does, is helps us to find any firefighter that may go down inside a fire. It also allows any trapped firefighters to call for help, then they activate the PASS for our Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) to go in and find them.

What does all of this do for YOU (the DONOR)?

Each of those items I listed above increases our ability to be of better service to you. The extractor is something that if we do not have, then we have issues with getting the money to "keep the lights on." The Mid and Long term goals, are increasing our abilities to serve you.

NOTE: As we progress and we start any new donations, we will do exactly what you are reading. It will be less than above, because we will simply be refining what you are reading. As always, if you have questions, feel free to contact myself and I will define it further.

pinevillagevolfiredepartment31@gmail.com

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Saturday, October 30th, 2021
I wanted to take a moment to address our PayPal establishment. The reason for it, the short-range goal, a mid-term goal, and a long-range goal. I will then establish how it is for the benefit of you the donor.We first want to thank those who have taken advantage of the photo session (and provided ...
Monday, September 27th, 2021
In our efforts to continue to improve the services that we provide to the members of our district and the surrounding areas. We are in the final phases of increasing our personnel's abilities when they respond to your calls for assistance.How we are doing this -1.
Wednesday, July 28th, 2021
We knew that this was going to happen. We have never as a department strayed from our policy of having at the very least of what we call Level 2 response. So, you may ask; what does Level 2 response mean? It means that we will come in wearing a mask and gloves.
Saturday, July 24th, 2021
OngoingWe are now prepared to actively set up classes. If you are not prepared to have a class conducted, but you want to set one up for the beginning of 2022, put that in your request.We have mentioned this, however, we are now able to offer BLS - CPR/AED class to those in our area.
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