1st - I would like to reassure the public that in no way shape or form are your Lives, Property or Lively hood in Jeopardy due to any lacking of capabilities of my department. Some of you may know and yet some of you may not but our department is only Staffed 7 days a week from 8:00AM to 4:00 PM. during these hours manpower is on hand AT OUR STATION to respond to any and all Emergencies that may arise. Outside of those hours we are 100% Volunteer including myself as Fire Chief I am fully
volunteer and receive no funding from the Town of Franklinton unless I fill in hours that I am short on manpower during the weekends because yes I do work a Fulltime Job because as Volunteers we do have to provide for our family's. Granted we aren't here at the station directly but most of us are right here in town, not far from the station. For me I'm right here on Washington street by Magee Autoplex. as far as Fire concerned yes I do have to respond to the station in my personal vehicle to pickup an apparatus to go and attack a fire and or Pickup our Rescue Truck with the Jaws of Life and get it where it needs to go. As far as Medical calls, I keep a fully stocked medical bag in my personal pickup truck with Oxygen included to address any emergencies that I am capable of Providing care for at my Level of EMR. I do not carry Narcan, my rescue Trucks do not carry Narcan. Our Medical Protocols are not written to allow us to carry Narcan by our Medical Director which is a local Dr. in Franklinton. Day and/or Night any and all medical calls we respond to with an exception of maybe 1 or 2 unless Northshore EMS is really busy they are either going on scene with us or right before or right after us, this includes our out of town district that we cover. I was appointed Fire chief in October of 2016, and since then to my knowledge no one that myself or my deputy and assistant chief can recall has lost their life to neglect on our part due to not carrying these drugs that we are now allowed to carry. If I am wrong would someone please correct me because we are not aware of it. As Far as our EMR's having bags with gear available to them we are working towards filling that gap, this year I have 3 New Volunteers who are completing an EMR course at Kentwood Fire Department. Once this course is complete, and we complete the refresher for the rest of us, we will be placing new EMR bags in the hands of Qualified Personnel this year. These bags will provide them the tools they need to assess a Patient check Vitals, Open Airways and/or initiate CPR until a Paramedic Unit can arrive and take over patient care.
1992 Ford, 1000 GPM Pump, 1000 Gallons of Water
1995 Ford, 1250 GPM Pump, 1000 Gallons of Water
1999 Ferrera Custom, 1250 Pump, 1000 Gallons of Water
2003 International, 1250 Pump, 1000 Gallons of Water
2005 Freightliner Medium Rescue
2003 Chevy 2500HD Light Rescue