By Donna Celaya
Montgomery County Chronicle – January 8, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – January 30, 2015
The grand old lady of the fleet is being put out to pasture.
The Cherryvale Fire and Rescue Department received the Cherryvale City Council’s permission on Monday to sell its oldest rescue truck, a fully equipped 1976 Chevy Cheyenne C65 SWAB rescue vehicle.
Chief Jesse Reed said the truck is still a good one, with a generator, air cascade and double wenches with grapple hooks. On the downside, it seems to have a wiring issue that causes batteries to lose power every six months or so. It’s probably something that can be fixed by the right person, but it has plagued the CFR, leading to the truck being parked for most of the last couple of years, Reed said.
The chief received the council’s permission to sell the truck, either as a complete unit, or pieced out, whichever brings the highest price. Council directed Reed to check with the other city departments to see if they need any of the equipment.
Reed also presented his monthly report to the council on Monday. He said December was a slow month for the department, which answered two fire calls–one a structure fire and the other a stove fire.
The crew also handled 41 emergency medical calls involving 38 individuals, with 24 transports, 13 patient refusals and four other, such as no patient found, call canceled, or patient found dead at the scene.
The highest percentage of dispatches for the EMS unit were six falls, four chest pain, and three each: altered metal status, sick, and medical transport.
EMS responded within one minute of receiving the dispatch call 83 percent of the time, and within three minutes 90 percent of the time.
Councilor Kevin Crane asked Reed why it takes three minutes to get a crew out the door, when there are two people stationed at the fire house on each shift.
Reed said he understood the concern, and he would look into the circumstances. The department’s goal, he said, is to take as little time as possible to get crews out the door and on the scene to help people.
They arrived on the scene within five minutes 83 percent of the time, and within 10 minutes on every call. Eleven of the 41 calls were in the county, outside the city limits.
Reed said his department is working with Independence Fire Department in seeding a grant for new air and breathing packs and related equipment. The fire department’s long-range goals in the council’s equipment reserve plan also include obtaining a new ambulance in the next couple of years, valued at $37,100.