Howdy Ponder! Hope everyone is doing well. A little behind as there was a problem with our website last month. However, I hope ya'll saw our monthly review on our department facebook page. As you can see to the left (on our website), we are still running a high call volume for our area. I am pretty sure we will surpass last year's run total. But it is to be expected with the growth our community is experiencing.
Some exciting news for the month of August was we received a grant from the Co-Serv Charitable Foundation to purchase some rescue equipment. We were able to purchase what is commonly know as The Jaws of Life. This replaced a set we currently have that is 15 years old and unable to effectively deal with the new exotic metals and high strength steel being used in vehicles today. Give a HUGE shout out to Co-Serv and thank you to all who participate in the round up program that Co-Serv offers. Know that your donation is going to very, very worthy causes.
And for icing on the cake, a grant we applied for with the Texas Forest Service 3-4 years ago was awarded to us this month. With those funds, we will be purchasing additional rescue equipment which will allow us to handle more situations than just car wrecks. Folks, it is because of the support you give us during our annual BBQ and donations through out the year that we get these grants. We show that we are not just asking for a hand-out and that we make a solid effort to accumulate funds to help cover costs the grants don't. Feel free to come by the station and see the new equipment.
Halloween is around the corner so make sure all the trick or treaters are wearing costumes with reflective material and/or have a flashlight. This goes for the "adult trick or treaters" also. And though sad to say, make sure you know where the goblins are getting their candy from.
Though Halloween is just a month away, Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner. So as the "cooking and baking" season gets started keep kitchen safety in mind.
Your PVFD responded to 43 incidents in August and your firefighters gave up 154 man-hours to respond and handle these calls. That is the second highest amount of man-hours that your firefighters have given to the community. That's a lot of family time sacrificed and with the holidays coming up, they will still continue to donate their time to take care of you. As always a huge and heartfelt thank you to their families; without that support, none of this would be possible. Thank you Ponder for your support. Take care and God Bless all!!!