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Tonica emergency responders have nine October calls

TONICA — Al Stremlau, chief of the Tonica Volunteer Fire Department, reported at the department’s recent meeting that there were nine emergency calls during October. The calls consisted of one structure fire and eight ambulance requests. There have been 128 emergency calls so far this year through Oct. 31.

Assistant Chief Bill Gray reported that the SCBA refilling compressor unit has passed its annual air quality tests. He also reported that he completed the repairs to Pumper-1714’s exhaust system.

National Incident Management (NIMS) standards were used for the pre-plan of the village of Tonica addresses and location review.

Hose deployment, hose testing, hose loads, nozzle checks and pump operations were completed.

Incident management covering highway safety and review of TVFD Standard Operating Guidelines for roadway scene safety was conducted.

Fire and EMS personnel presented a fire prevention and safety program at the Tonica Grade School.

An Officer Lead Squad Training covered command and control, leadership, communications and organizational skills used for the review and operation of apparatus and equipment. This training helps to verifying the operational readiness of personnel and equipment.

Chief Stremlau attended a four-hour training covering leadership principles for fire officers at Dalzell Fire Department.

EMS Administrator Sue Huss reported that the EMS training covered stroke emergencies.

Chief Stremlau participated in the annual Tonica Grade School safety meeting.

Updated MABAS box alarm cards have been received from the Cedar Point Fire Department.

Wendy Bernabei, a new applicant to the department, was accepted as a probationary firefighter.

The department received notice that its application for a FEMA grant that would have helped the purchase a new ambulance was denied. The department will move forward with planning to replace the 20-year-old ambulance.

The department received notice that they were awarded a grant from the Public Risk Funds that will be used to offset the cost of purchasing a special washer and drier set that will be used to clean personal protective clothing.

The annual deer hunter display and chili dinner will be held Saturday afternoon, Nov. 23.

The department is also conducting a fundraising drawing for a UTV or $10,000 cash drawing. Tickets are available from any department member.

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