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Firefighters respond to 12 emergency calls during June

Monthly activity report released

TONICA — At the July meeting of the Tonica Volunteer Fire Department, Chief Al Stremlau reported there were 12 emergency calls during June.

The calls consisted of one auto-aid to Leonore for a vehicle fire; one mutual-aid structure fire call to Utica; one mutual-aid ambulance to Oglesby; eight other ambulance requests; and one call for a hazardous condition with power lines down.

The total calls year to date is 75.

Monthly training covered National Incident Management System (NIMS) command and control, logistics and communications. Other training included residential self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) interior search drills; ladder carries and raises with firefighting evolutions; rescue operations; and roof ventilation.

Officer Lead Squad training covered leadership, communications, organizational skills and the review and operation of apparatus and equipment.

EMS training included airway management and respiratory distress.

Work details have been in progress transferring equipment from the old rescue truck to the new truck. The new truck will be in service soon. Members will complete driving and operational training during July.

The annual portable fire extinguisher inspections have been completed.

Firefighter Tom Goskusky repaired the east side entrance door.

Assistant Chief Bill Gray reported on the progress of the needed repairs to the rain gutters damaged during a storm earlier in the year.

Department members made a donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities First Responder Hero Room where the Tonica Volunteer Fire Department patch will be on display.

Stremlau thanked the department members and citizens who worked hard to make the department’s fundraising drawdown a success. The next fundraising events will be the motorcycle cruise-in, the pork chop supper, the car cruise-in and the 50/50 drawing.

The department is thankful for all who support them as they continue to provide fire, rescue and medical services without property taxation.

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