Mineral City Fire Dept gets new truck

Mineral City Fire Dept gets new truck

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The Mineral City Volunteer Fire Department has spent the last year amassing new equipment and making improvements to the fire station. Most recently, it added a brand-new rescue pumper equipped for both fires and accidents.

“It’s got the Jaws of Life, but it’s also got everything on it for structure fires,” Dave Collier said.

A firefighter and trustee, Collier said the Village of Mineral City financed the truck, but the fundraising arm of the fire department pitched in $15,000 toward the vehicle.

“This truck will be the first out on fires, car accidents and water rescues,” said Collier, who said the department also recently acquired new cold water rescue equipment. “Being in the flood plain, we get a lot of high-water rescue calls. Up until May the water is still very cold, even if it’s 80 degrees outside.”

The rescue suits are fully buoyant and totally waterproof, according to Collier. “So our people can go out, drop down into the water, and stay fully warm and dry.”

Two new rope bags also were purchased with the suits, thanks to local grant funding. Each bag holds 100-150 feet of rope for securing individuals stranded in water and pulling them back to safety.

Gear extractor helps eliminate carcinogens

A new gear extractor was purchased to clean firefighter gear after use. According to the Centers for Disease Control, cancer is the number-one cause of death in firefighters.

“The fires today aren’t the fires of 20 years ago,” Collier said. “Everything today is made of plastic and other substances, so our gear carries a lot of carcinogens. This is able to get the gear clean and keep firefighters safer.”

Forcible entry training door

Mineral City now has one of the few forcible entry training doors in the area, according to Collier. With it, firefighters can use axes, pry bars and even practice kicking in doors. “You can knock this door open over and over without doing any damage,” he said. “We actually had a firefighter class from Buckeye Career Center come practice on it because there are so few around.”

New flooring, air packs and workout equipment

Also new to the station is replacement flooring in the meeting and events room. Janice Moore, president and a captain at the department, said she was in charge of keeping the old tile floor cleaned and waxed. “It was just getting too old and hard to maintain, so I asked the village if they would go half with us on it,” she said.

The Tuscarawas Senior Center also contributed funds, as the fire station is one of its five satellite centers.

Twenty new air packs were recently delivered to the department. The tanks allow firefighters to breathe while in toxic-smoke conditions. Collier said the Mineral City, Bolivar and Fairfield fire departments applied together for the grant that funded the air packs.

To keep firefighters in top form, the station added a new workout area, a treadmill and a weight machine, purchased through the department’s fundraising arm.

Upcoming fundraiser

Keeping a station outfitted this well takes funding. The department’s biggest fundraiser of the year will be Saturday, April 9. “The Spring Quarter Auction is just a fun way to do a raffle,” Collier said.

More than 100 items donated by individuals and businesses will be raffled off with bids running from a quarter to $1, depending on the value of the merchandise. Those who want to be in every drawing for the night can purchase a $35 all-in paddle. Those who can’t attend can participate virtually via live streaming on Facebook.

Admission is $5 per person, with snacks and wine available. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with the auction starting at 6 p.m. A 50/50 drawing also will be held. The winner does not need to be present. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and can be purchased at the event, from any firefighter or by calling the department at 330-859-2226. The fire department is located at 8495 S. High St. in Mineral City.

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