14 runs in six days as winter storms start the new year

With two snow storms and then the onslaught of subfreezing temperatures, 2014 has gotten off to a fast start for the crews at FVFD. In the first six days of the new year, we’ve already had 14 runs.

Two fire alarms and three vehicle accidents start the list, and then nine EMS Assist and Public Assistance runs (including eight in the last 24 hours!) have kept the crews and trucks busy.

New Year’s Eve and Day were relatively quiet, with just one run early in the morning for lifting assistance, making for a good start to the year… we like it when our friends and family stay safe on the night full of craziness which is normally New Year’s Eve!

January 2nd brought our first fire alarm call and first car accident of the year. That accident just had property damage, then January 3rd brought our first injury/entrapment accident. Two cars were involved at the intersection of CR600W and CR200N, and FVFD personnel extricated patients from one vehicle and then Frankton Ambulance transported two patients to the hospital. Lapel VFD also provided mutual aid due to the weather and the nature of the incident.

Due to the state of the roads during this winter storm system, FVFD is escorting the ambulance on all runs, since Rescue 35 can generally help break a trail for the ambulance to get through, and this also means we have personnel on-hand to assist with moving patients through snow-covered yards. Monday was a full day of helping Frankton Ambulance whenever needed, then returning to help stranded motorists who were spotted along the way. FVFD personnel also helped get one gentleman to a warming center after he lost power and heat at his house and had no way to get out. The roads and driveway were in such bad shape that our trucks couldn’t get through either, and snowmobile assistance was provided by the Means family in order to get the gentleman from his house to our vehicles, then FVFD continued to transport him to safety.

Huge thanks go out to the Means family for their help with the snowmobiles, and also to all of the Madison County Highway Department plow crews, who have been clearing roads and escorting emergency vehicles through this entire storm.

NOTE: As of this posting, Madison County is still under a Travel Warning, meaning only emergency personnel should be on the roads.

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  • Joey  On January 7, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Many thanks to the FVFD and Frankton ambulance I taking us to and from CHA for a medical issue with my son. We wouldn’t have been able to make it without you all. Your help and dedication is greatly appreciated.

  • FVFD Administrator  On January 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    We’re happy to help! 🙂 I hope your son’s feeling better!