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Firefighters issue March report


TONICA — The Tonica Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) responded to nine emergency calls during March — seven ambulance requests and two accidents.

Through March, the year-to-date number of emergency calls is 47.

Training during the month included:

• Seventeen members completing self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), ladder and thermal imaging camera training at the Oglesby training facility.

• Six members participated in squad training, which covered a review of equipment on all trucks and at the station.

• Officer Rick Turri attended a railroad safety class covering rail crossing safety and rail transportation of hazardous material.

• EMS training covered psychiatric emergencies and MRI safety.

• Turri presented a public education program covering fire safety for the Tonica Cub Scouts. The scouts were also given a tour of the fire station and were able to ask questions about the firefighting equipment.

Chief Al Stremlau reviewed the revised MABAS Box cards received from the Peru Fire Department. All interior firefighters have completed their annual SCBA fit testing in Peru.

Captain Todd Anderson reported the new truck committee has met and continues to develop a plan for a new rescue-pumper. The preliminary cost estimates for a newer rescue truck are between $150,000 and $250,000.

The membership approved plans for a new 24-foot by 24-foot addition to the north side of the fire station.

A thank you was received from the LP-Area Career Center Fire-EMR class for the department’s donation of a Kendrick Extrication Device, a scoop stretcher and a build-a-board stretcher.

The membership approved a software upgrade to the weather monitoring software on the fire station computer.

The village board approved the TVFD Weather Watcher monitoring and Weather Warning siren activation procedures.

As of March, the TVFD has received $11,450 in donations from local residents and businesses.

“With continued financial support like this, the department can provide these vital services without property taxation,” Turri said.

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