January 15, 2004

Fire Department Responds To 54 Emergency Calls In 2003

The Scotland County Fire Department responded to 54 emergency calls during 2003. Fire Chief Roger Gosney presented the yearend report to the governing board of the Scotland County Rural Fire Corporation at the groupís annual meeting January 11 at the fire station.

The volunteer firemen answered the call for 42 fires. The department doused 22 grass fires as well as eight vehicle or machinery (combine) fires. Structure fires accounted for 11 of the firemenís emergency runs with the final call being to a home where the departmentís thermal imager was used to determine there was no fire after smoke alarms had sounded at a Memphis residence.

The organizationís service also carries over to the rescue squad. The firemen responded to 12 vehicle crashes for fire protection and extrication of victims.

But Gosney noted the volunteersí service did not stop there. He told the board that firemen performed 22 separate service projects ranging from school presentations,4th of July fire protection or serving as storm watchers.

The department also was on hand for 17 different nights of racing at the Scotland County Speedway. The firemen volunteer to have the extrication and fire equipment on hand at the track.

The fire chief concluded his presentation by pointing out that the statistics in the report did not include the hundreds of man hours spent by the departmentís committees that built the departmentís new rescue unit and put together the grant and order application for the new fire truck.

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