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Lending a Hand (and a Truck) to Kosovo
When Jakup Jahiri came to Mason, MI, to visit his son, he returned home to Viti, Kosovo, with much more than memories of a fun trip. While in Mason, the then Mayor of Viti, noticed how much fire equipment this small town of about 8,000 had (especially compared to his community of approximately 35,000).
As luck would have it, at the time of his visit, Mason Engine 806 was being prepped for retirement. Soon, a plan was developed to assist the 25 full-time firefighters of Viti by sending them this pumper and associated equipment.
With the help of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department and the Leslie, Onondaga and Dansville Fire Departments, turnout gear, extraction equipment, SCBA's, exhaust fans and other equipment was packaged and prepared for shipment. The Denton Group was contacted and agreed to transport the truck and equipment on a C-17 Air Force jet.
The project was not without its setbacks. On the first attempt to get the truck to Selfridge Air Force Base, the right-side head gasket blew and the truck was towed back to Mason for repairs. Large repair facilities refused to even look at the engine, but a local mechanic vowed to fix the engine, and at no cost to the City. The second attempt was a success and Engine 806 arrived on October 24, to the delight of the residents and firefighters of Viti Kosovo.
The Mayor of the City of Mason, (a 33-year member of the Mason Fire Department), the City Administrator, an engineer and an officer from the Mason Fire Department met Engine 806 at the airport in Kosovo, and spent a week training the firefighters there in the proper operation of the new equipment.
Story submitted by Leon Clark, Mason Fire Department
Fight for Air Climb Orlando
The Fight for Air Climb is a special fundraising event sponsored by the American Lung Association. These climbs are a wonderful way to show support for someone who has been diagnosed with a lung disease or as a memorial to someone who has passed away.
At the recent Fight for Air Climb in Orlando, FL, Team Deltona consisted of 14 members of the City of Deltona (FL) Fire Department as well as two of their wives. The Deltona Fire Fighters Association sponsored the 14 fire fighters and paid $100 per member to participate in the event. Members also raised additional money to the cause by obtaining additional sponsors who made pledges that raised a total of $1,925. Team Deltona firefighters donned full protective firefighting gear including air packs, tacking on an additional 50 pounds to make the challenge a little tougher. Overall Team Deltona place third in the Firefighters Division and had their first female firefighter take part in the challenge. Engineer Paramedic Katy Christman turned in a time of 6 minutes 43 seconds.
Team Deltona members were FF Jason Pratt and his wife Heather, FF Connor Beverly and his Hannah, Lt. Daniel Bowen, FF Michael Drew, D/E Katy Christman, FF John Fleemin, FF Terry Freeman, FF Ryan Hanley, FF Tony Jacinto, FF CJ Johnson, Lt. Rick Paine (Ret), FF Aaron Quarberg, Lt. John Sabia and Lt. Josh Sievert.
HFSC Addresses Residential Sprinkler Water Supply and Usage
In communities across the U.S. and Canada, a growing number of one- and two-family homes are being built with fire sprinkler systems. But when questions and confusion arise about water supply, they can hamper installations and result in needless costs to homeowners.
To answer common questions about sprinkler technology and provide detailed information about its life-safety and environmental benefits, the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has developed Understanding Water Supply for Home Fire Sprinkler Systems, funded by a FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety Grant.
“There has been a clear and growing need for better understanding about fire sprinkler systems in homes and water supply for several years,” says HFSC President Gary Keith. “In particular, misinformation within the water industry results in unnecessary and costly sprinkler add-ons and unfair fees that penalize homeowners who just want greater fire protection for their families.”