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As we approach rising summer temperatures, the danger for kids left in hot vehicles
increases exponentially: at least 17 children have already died this year from vehicular heatstroke.
Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatalities for children 14 and under. Nearly
every 10 days, a child dies from being left in a hot vehicle. More than half (52%) of kids who died from vehicular heatstroke were “forgotten” by their caregiver. This is a 100-percent preventable tragedy.
Recently The Georgetown Fire Protection District shared an evening at the Georgetown Drive In. We watched “Planes Fire and Rescue” with family and friends. We really enjoyed ourselves meeting with everyone and taking pictures.
The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation awarded Georgetown Fire District $4,000 for a self-contained breathing apparatus dual fill station. This modern dual fill station with updated safety features replaces our outdated single fill station purchased in 1989. The older unit did not have separate fill and supply pressure gauges.
Moreover, The new device can return self contained breathing apparatus bottles to service in half the time of the old unit by filling two at a time. This system also is capable of filling mobile cascade systems.
The cost of this new unit is $6,600 and the grant covers $4,000 or roughly 60% of cost.
In the early 1950′s Georgetown did not have an organized fire department to help battle the fires that seem to become more numerous with the use of coal for heating in the mostly wood frame houses. The first firetruck that the town’s people used was a 1927 model that was housed in a one bay block garage located at State Rd. 64 and then Old State Road 64 (Georgetown Greenville Road).
In 1953 a large portion of the downtown area was destroyed by fire. The towns feed mill, grocery stores and one home was lost.
What is a combination fire department? It is what we are.
Simply put, a combination fire department uses both volunteer and paid full-time firefighters to respond to fires, medical emergencies, rescue and other calls.
Our fire district has 10 full time firefighters, part time firefighters and volunteers. As our community has grown we have had to have full time firefighters for a quick initial response.