I’ve just finished sending out “Thank You” letters to those people who have responded to our donation letter campaign and donated to our fire department recently. As I was addressing the letters and envelopes, I was struck by how many people who contribute live in virtually every corner of our country. I took particular notice of some of the addresses that came from the Houston/Gulf Coast area, and Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas that have faced or will be facing disasters of their own. But not only people from the East and Gulf coast in harms way, but the families out west who are confronting unheard-of wild fires up and down the West Coast are facing their own disasters.
I want to thank everyone again who have donated to our Fire Department, but I also want to thank those who have supported and donated to those families as well. Our prayers go not only to the disaster victims, but the First Responders and Rescue personnel as well.
It was 6 PM on August 13th, last Sunday afternoon when I was called by a property owner who had smelled smoke and found a woods fire on a neighboring lot. I called 9-1-1 and had my department paged out to respond. While on my way to the scene, I had the Dispatch Center also page out neighboring town fire departments to provide water, manpower and trucks to help us put out the fire. The fire was relatively small (1/2 acre) but it had burned deep into the undergrowth. Two and a half hours later, 39 people, 8 fire trucks, and about 7,000 gallons of water, the fire was out and we were returning home.
Our thanks go to to the Wiscasset, Edgecomb, Alna, Dresden, and Newcastle Fire Departments for all their help on that Sunday afternoon away from their families.
On August 8th, at 9:30 AM, we received information from the County Dispatch center that a boat reported was taking on water in Long Cove on the South-East coast of the island. The department responded immediately and with the help of Harbor Master Bud Gallagher, and assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard, Boothbay Harbor, ME, we located the boat (it was actually in Jewett Cove, the cove just to the south of Long Cove). By the time we arrived with de-watering pumps, the boat only had about 2″ of freeboard left before it would have capsized and sunk. Following successful de-watering, the immediate cause of the flooding could not be determined, so again with the assistance of Harbor Master Gallagher and his boat, the craft was towed over to Robinhood Marina in Georgetown where it was hauled out of the water on a travel lift. All Fire Department Personnel and assisting parties returned safely.
Now is the time to think about the upcoming winter season. Please have your chimney cleaned and inspected. This could reduce the possibility of chimney fires which has been known to spread and burn the whole house down. It also may be easier to schedule a chimney cleaning service to come to your home now instad of later.
I apologize for the dramatic headline but what I’m addressing today is important. The fire department is appealing to all residents and property owners to keep their driveways and private roads clear of tree limbs, brush, and other obstacles. Two of the fire departments’ fire trucks (the ones that respond to fires) are 10′ tall and 9′ wide. Our Rescue vehicle that responds to medical calls is not as tall but is just as wide. Sometimes the driveways are so narrow, the sides of the trucks are scraped on both sides while backing down to a house to help a person in distress. This makes it almost, if not impossible for the driver to see the person guiding him. Going down some of the driveways we have seen could cause costly damage to the trucks. Large over-hanging tree limbs and trees that have been allowed to grow on the shoulder and sometimes in the road may prevent a truck from going down a private road or driveway. Warning lights, rear-view mirrors are particularly prone to damage. Like your cars, the trucks are not cheap to repair. Please help us help you.