August Wexford VFC Recap
August was an active month for the Wexford VFC with 43 calls. Crews assisted McCandless fire companies with a barn fire on August 2. In addition, a severe storm event generated seven calls over a two-hour period on August 27. Most calls during the event involved trees down and some related powerline damage.
Members continue to work through the COVID-19 pandemic to maintain their readiness through training. Weekly training topics included pump drafting operations and fire attack operations. Most firefighting operations involve connecting fire engines to fire hydrants to establish a water supply. Sometimes public water is not available, and fire engines need to draft water out of a static supply such as a portable tank or pond. There’s a lot to learn in order to become a firefighter. To learn what goes into preparing your local volunteer firefighters, check out this video from the Allegheny County Fire Academy.
We were pleased to announce that members Robert Hetzel and Ed Ley have attained life member status this year through the completion of 20 years of service. Many volunteer fire departments have a “life member” classification to honor dedicated members that have completed a certain number of active service years. For the member, it is a special honor to always be a part of the organization, no matter where life may take them. We thank these gentlemen for their many years of dedicated service to the community.
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