January 13, 2005

2004 Was Relatively Calm Year For Fire Department

For the Scotland County Fire Department, 2004 was a relatively calm year, with just over 30 emergency responses during the 12 months.

Chief Roger Gosney reported that the volunteer firemen responded to a total of 24 fires last year. The bulk of those blazes were grass fires. The department extinguished three vehicle or farm machinery fires and also battled blazes in five homes or other buildings. The volunteers also answered the mutual aid call three separate times responding to requests for assistance from surrounding departments.

The second part of the job sent the firemen out on nine rescue calls. The department responded to motor vehicle accident scenes for extrication or fire protection.

The firemen performed more than two dozen public service commitments, including parades, fire safety inspections, and fire safety programs for local youth. The volunteers also were called into duty a number of times as storm watchers and worked on a regular weekly basis at the Scotland County Speedway providing fire and rescue coverage for the race car drivers and fans.

A new slate of officers was elected at the January 5 meeting of the fire department. Randy Trueblood will take over for Gosney as the new Fire Chief. Mark Drummond, Carl Trueblood and Chris Feeney will serve as assistant chiefs. Bryan Whitney was elected secretary and Kevin Skinner will remain as treasurer while Drummond and Brian Consbrock will serve as training officers.

Once again the 24-man department is hosting an elementary and junior high basketball tournament as a fundraiser for the local After Prom. The event is scheduled for January 22-23 at both the high school and elementary school gyms and is expected to showcase more than 30 area teams. Last year the event raised more than $2,600 for the SCR-I After-Prom party for the students.

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