FLEMINGTON—While 2020 brought about challenges for some of the surrounding fire departments, the Flemington Volunteer Fire Section (FVFD) has not experienced as several setbacks due to them being a volunteer-primarily based hearth department. Rather, they took the yr to make upgrades to their facility.
The developing that residences the FVFD has had the very same seem for many years, but after some a great deal-desired TLC, the facility is all set to welcome a new year.
FVFD Main Geoff Marshall shared that it has been practically 40 years due to the fact the creating has viewed any upgrades, but that all altered in a 12 months that seemed to quit a large amount of issues.
In accordance to Marshall, the outside the house of the department now displays new sidewalks, to much better provide guests to the constructing, together with a freshly paved driveway.
In addition to the updates to the exterior of the FVFD, the within of the section was transformed with all new epoxy flooring in the equipment bay, a fresh new coat of paint and new garage doors.
When the funding for the remodel of the outside the house of the building was a joint exertion involving the Taylor County Commission, the FVFD and the Neighborhood of Flemington, the inside get the job done was funded by the FVFD, in spite of the absence of regular fundraising initiatives by the department’s customers.
Marshall unveiled that the pandemic restricted hearth teaching and fundraising situations for the group at Flemington Volunteer Fire Division.
“I’ve been with the section for twenty-1 yrs, and I would have to say that the hardest strike for the FVFD in the course of this COVID-19 pandemic would have to be the fundraising and not being ready to show up at yearly functions,” he voiced.
Even though updates had been remaining designed to the facility, the section continued to function to ensure the basic safety of the persons and assets of Taylor County.
Hearth Chief Marshall shared that he approximated the division responded to approximately 107phone calls this 12 months.
He uncovered that The Flemington Assembly of God church fire was 1 of the biggest incidents that the FVFD responded to this year indicating, “The fire was a bigger composition fire, and we expended about 7 to 8 several hours putting it out.”
Often moments, the section was toned out to render mutual assist the Grafton Hearth Division, who battled a lot of construction fires in the course of the year.
“Considering Taylor County has had an abnormal fire time, FVFD was much more than happy to help,” he expressed. “Even even though FVFD is a volunteer-dependent section, we are generally there when referred to as out to support the residents of Taylor County.”
FVFD, comprised of approximately 14 volunteers, serves the spot with their two engines, just one tanker, a person brush, and just one utility car. Chief Marshall shared the largest intention for the section in the future 12 months is to survive COVID-19 and get again to typical with their fundraising initiatives in the neighborhood.
Main Marshall also counseled the Flemington Space Crisis Squad stating that they offered excellent service this yr, together with Taylor County Crisis Squad.
“I am incredibly thankful to have been and carry on to be a component of the FVFD for so lots of many years,” Marshall commented. “I am so appreciative of how all of our communities have worked together to get the job done. I would like to thank all surrounding hearth departments in and out of the county for their really hard do the job, as nicely as the county’s regulation enforcement, the State Fire Marshals Business office and all of our EMS personnel.”