Lieutenant Jack Zimmerman and Firefighter Quentin Sage were laying in their beds fast asleep when it happened.
KABLOOIE – An explosion!
What could it be? An errant vehicle struck the building? An earthquake? A killer drone?
No, it was none of those. It was a ruptured tire on Engine 8.
That was a little over a week ago. Today, new truck tires arrived. The Quint would give up her tires to Engine 8 and the Quint would get a new set.
Hands on the Wall.
There’s always somebody behind the scene who’s responsible for getting things done. Building inspections, hydrants flowed, water rescues, vehicle maintenance, and the list goes on and on.
Master Firefighter Mike Rose does the lion’s share of vehicle maintenance for the department. And the tires wasn’t any different. He ordered the tires and they arrived today.
Fire Marshal Joe Haag even got into the act. He hauled the tires over to the tire shop.
Keep watch for those hands on the wall. When you see them go over and see who they belong to.
And thank them.
He is 28 years old, grew up in Towanda, and he’s one of four brothers – one being a twin!
Following high school he served five years in the Navy.
After the military he went to college at the University of Kansas, where he graduated with a degree in Exercise Science.
His love for firefighting started when he was just a senior in high school. He’s been serving the City of Towanda and surrounding communities as a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT for the Towanda Fire Department.
He has a loving and extremely supportive girlfriend, Kelsey. He loves to run, play golf, tennis, fishing, and just being outdoors.
His name is Samuel Aitchison.
Welcome to the EFD family Sam!
Whenever they sale one the company is required to deliver training on the equipment. One was sold in El Dorado.
The equipment is a special tool that is installed inside a person’s chest. The device assists or even takes over completely for the left ventricle (the workhorse) of the heart.
Fire Captain Brown, Lieutenant Zimmerman, Firefighter Carson, and Firefighter Pollard received the training. The nurse left a DVD for other firefighters to watch.
The address of the person who has the LADV was given to firefighters and Brown passed this information onto our dispatch center.
This technology has been around for upwards of 10 years. Without the device most of those who need it would have died.
Today Captain Brown was surprised by his daughter Dawn and 3 of his grand-kid’s.
They brought him cupcakes for his birthday.
Granddaughter Candice, grandsons Dominic and Rylan.
On Sunday afternoon the Fire Department was asked to do an annual favor for the Butler County 4-H Fair.
Each year about this time the 4-H Fair takes place at the Butler County 4-H building and animal pens on N. Griffith in El Dorado.
The Fair goes on for several days and most usually it is pretty hot at this time of the year and each year the Fair Staff asks if the Fire Department can come over and cool down the kids.
This years crew consisting of Captain Max Brown, Lieutenant Jack Zimmerman and Firefighters Caleb Carson and Curtis Pollard took Q-1 over and hooked up 200′ of 3″ hose to the fire hydrant at 1st and Griffith.
The hose was then hooked into the back of Q-1 and the aerial was raised and used to spray down all kids and adults, even at least one fireman, that wanted to get wet and cool off. We ran the water for about 30 minutes and many kids had a great time.