The Tonica Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) reported it handled 13 emergency calls during December: two fires, two accidents, seven ambulance requests and two good intent calls.
The TVFD ran a total of 177 emergency calls for 2017. These calls consisted of 19 fires, 19 accidents, 111 ambulance calls, and 28 other types of responses.
During the year, the department responded to structure fires, vehicle fires, field fires, change of quarters, carbon monoxide alarms, wires down, hazardous materials releases, MABAS special unit activation requests, good intent calls and false alarms.
The TVFD also provided aid to Oglesby, Lostant, Leonore, Cedar Point, Standard, Peru, Ottawa, LaSalle and Grand Ridge.
Tonica received aid from Oglesby, Lostant, Utica, Leonore, Cedar Point, Standard, Grand Ridge and PC EMS.
Department training during December included: hose, nozzles, and pump operations; a post-incident review of the IV Minerals fire; a review of fire behavior, flash-overs, and how to read smoke; and ladder carries, raises and maintenance.
Firefighter Jeff Pugh conducted a special structural search-and-rescue training with the two cadet firefighters.
Rick Turri attended a Duty, Pride, and Traditions program held in Utica and presented by retired Chicago Fire Chief Ed Enright.
The department received a communication from the Insurance Services Office requesting the verification of the Tonica Fire Protection area and a map of the village’s water system, hydrants and flow rates.
Three members have resigned from the department because they moved out of the area.
A grant was received from the Illinois Public Risk Fund for the purchase of a backup camera for one of the trucks. Additional cameras will be purchased in the future.
Captain Todd Anderson reported the new truck committee has met and is developing a plan for a new rescue-pumper to replace both the oldest pumper and the rescue truck.
Treasurer Sue Huss reported a significant donation was received from Ford Products, and six additional donations of more than $100 were also received.
Scott Lauer donated cold weather diesel fuel additive for the trucks.
Two damaged nozzles have either been repaired or replaced.
Training Officer Rick Turri reviewed some of the recent line-of-duty firefighter deaths that have recently occurred in the United States, and also re-emphasized the recommended 50-foot safety operation zone at motor-vehicle accidents.