February 25, 2009 at 12:01 am 8 comments

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During Monday night’s Committee Meeting Chief Brown was available to discuss the “State of the Fire Department” and answer any questions by Council and the Public.

One item he mentioned caught my attention. Pumper 2.

This vehicle is 29 years old.

How old is your car? Most don’t last more than 5 years and think of the wear and tear a fire truck endures.

I called The Chief this morning and asked if I might stop by and take some photos of her (Chief referred to the Pumper in a female way).

I had the opportunity to discuss the fire department, the state of the city and the budget they have with several of the firefighters and the Chief. I did the same thing two years ago when I was campaigning. I went to each station and saw the equipment and talked to the firefighters. It reinforced my thought of “Do not judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.”

They told me several times how much they appreciated that I came out to see for myself and wished more people would.

How many of you have ever had to call on our Safety Forces for service?
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I remember the day I was coming home to see thick black smoke bellowing into the sky, the closer I came I noticed, it was near my home or it WAS my home!! The adrenaline started and I sped home. Jumped out of my car to find my neighbor’s home on fire; I watched the firefighters and tried to contact my neighbor to tell her about her home.

Your Fire Department, much like a parachute; you don’t know how good it is until you need it.

I also learned about their technique, I was told they don’t start the hoses until they’re in, causing less damage than starting to hose down before entering (unlike other cities).

Don’t forget the Fire Department is called on to assist with people who are in accidents, cars, close quarters etc. Their Jaws of Life is probably older than my children.

I told them I would have a Bake Sale for a new Jaws of Life. If you were stuck in a car, wrapped around a telephone pole would you want the best equipment and trained personnel?

I understand why the Chief referred to Pumper 2 as a “Her”. She’s dependable, protects the ones she carries, and is able to help in times of emergency.

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Entry filed under: city of lorain, Paula's Perspective, personal opinion, Safety.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Liz  |  February 25, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    How much would a new pumper cost? Jaws of life?

  • 2. Paula  |  February 25, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I believe $350,000 for a pumper, around $35,000 for the jaws of life.
    Am I correct in that Community Development helped in the purchase of Pumper 2 initially?
    I asked Chief about grants, every Fire Dept in the USA are after these so they’re difficult to obtain.

  • 3. Liz  |  February 25, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    That whole bake sale/chicken paparikas fundraiser idea-is that a serious option? It might work.

  • 4. Paula  |  February 25, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    For the Jaws of Life MAYBE….. but $350,000 for a pumper..that’s a lot of paprikas. Maybe my famous stuffed cabbage could be auctioned off? And maybe an ART show with proceeds going to the Fund.

  • 5. Loraine Ritchey  |  February 25, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Paula although it has been quite a few years we had a fire in the walls of our house due to a faulty fire place – apparently everytime I had a fire I was burning the house…. luckily the house was built with brick fire stops.however eventually they were compromised…….I remember feeling the walls and they were HOT .I called the LFD and I was never so glad to see anyone in my whole life before or since…… when they cut the hole in the lower roof the flames shot out ……and yes they were also terrific in making sure they did as little damage as possible…. one firefighter got hurt that day ( not badly) but I thought at the time of his wife – the call she would be getting would be don’t worry just a minor injury BUT the wives and loved ones of our police and fire take that risk of that phone call every time their loved one leaves for work. Loraine

  • 6. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  February 25, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Think about what would have happened to LCCC if the region of fire fighters wouldn’t have responded so quickly. Think of Lorain without having LCCC nearby . . .

  • 7. Paula  |  February 25, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Lorain has had the help of nearby depts more than we should have. Remember when they had the fire at 21st and Rt 58? They had to bring in “ponds” for more water.
    It’s comforting to know they can rely on each other.

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