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Firefighters respond to 13 emergency calls, conduct training

Members also mark local fire hydrants

TONICA — The Tonica Volunteer Fire Department responded to 13 emergency calls during April. Those calls consisted of one residential structure fire, one mutual-aid response to an industrial fire in Hennepin, one accident and 10 medical calls. Through the end of April, the TVFD has responded to 50 calls.

Training this past month included EMS training, which covered medications, their indications, contra-indications and their proper administration.

Training at the Oglesby Fire Department’s facility consisted of SCBA drills and collapse and escape exercises. Other training included supply and attack hose loads and rolls, hose streams and the use of specialty nozzles. 

Lt. James Breit reported an SCBA unit was not operating properly and that a company representative will be coming to troubleshoot it. The representative will then provide a bid for repair or replacement.

The new 3-inch and 2.5-inch hoses have been tested and are ready for service.

Members reviewed the new battery-powered Genesis heavy rescue tools. The cost of these extrication tools is about $30,000.

Officer Lead Squad Training covered the review and operation of apparatus and equipment to verify the operational readiness of personnel and equipment.  

Deputy Chief Rick Turri attended Illinois Fire Service Institute rural engine and tender operations training in Wenona.

Lt. Dan Francisco updated the pre-plans, MABAS box cards and hydrant flow and location information.

Members marked hydrants with the reflective sticks and flags recently purchased by the department. These reflective markers are in compliance with hydrant color codes. Hydrants below 500 gpm should be red, 500-999 gpm should be orange, 1,000-1,499 gpm should be green, and 1,500 gpm or more should be blue. Tonica’s hydrants that flow less than 500 gpm will not have a reflective marker.

A new guideline pertaining to the labeling of fire hoses was approved by the membership.

The membership voted to accept the resignation of EMT Woody Olson due to health reasons. Morgan Brandner was accepted as a probationary EMT after approval by the town board.

Assistant Chief Bill Gray performed annual maintenance to Ambulance 1-M-24. He also reported on the bids he received pertaining to the replacement of the rain gutters that were damaged during heavy snow.

Mary Kay Keutzer reported the Tonica Volunteer Fire Department drawdown tickets are available for the June 8 department fundraiser.

Two department members will go to Florida to review and approve the progress with the building of the new rescue truck. The truck should arrive during the week of May 20.

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