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West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department
News - October 18, 2007

Firefighters Honored

Contents:
1. Firefighters Honored for Certifications and Training
2. Julie Dvorak Honored as West Roane County's 2007 Firefighter of the Year
3. Fun, Community, and Education for All: Live Fire Training and Open House a Success
4. October 11, 2007 WRCVFD Takes Part in United Way Agency Fair; Photos of the Fair Now Available.
5. Sign Up for Training Courses Offered October 19-21, November 2-3, and November 10 by the Roane County Rescue Squad

  • Firefighters Honored for Certifications and Training

    October 17, 2007: Chief Charlie Redwine writes with special congratulations and thanks to the following firefighters for recent accomplishments:

    • Chris Jones recently completed Paramedic School. He now is a licensed Paramedic, State Certified.
    • Clint Redwine recently became Firefighter Level 1, State Certified.
    • The following firefighters just completed Emergency Medical Responder (First Responder) training. All have passed the state testing and are now waiting for the National Registry Test:
      • Julie Dvorak;
      • Stephen Koren;
      • Victor Zammit;
      • Eric Cox.

      We are still trying to reach some of these volunteers for comment—they are a busy group!—but were able to reach a few so far.

      Steve Koren at 72 is the oldest of the current graduating group. Steve comments about the First Responder training,

      I'm kind of new to the area. I was not aware of the Volunteer Fire Department and the First Responder services until I moved to Roane County. The response time here is just excellent, as is the EMS.

      I'm not sure how many people in the area realize how much work the Fire Department does with respect to medical calls. They are a very important part of what the Department does.

      I saw what they were doing, and I'm not the youngest guy in the world, but I thought, I could do that. I would encourage other people to do the same. There is a lot of medical stuff you have to know. It is very intense. They make sure we are well trained. I thought it was very very interesting. It is something I wanted to know.

      There is what they call the Chain of Survival. The First Responder is the first link in the chain. Our job is to do whatever it takes to care for the patients, to maintain the patients until they get to a medical facility.

      Victor Zammit, 66, commented,It was an intensive course and I am glad I took it. The four of us are glad we stuck it out. It is rewarding to know I finished something like that. It was a long course, but it was worth it.

    Chief Redwine said, These certifications are not easy to get. Each takes many hours of dedication and hard work. Chief Redwine and all of West Roane Volunteer Fire Department extend heartfelt thanks to all these fine volunteers for their excellent service to our department and our community.

  • Julie Dvorak Honored as West Roane County's 2007 Firefighter of the Year

    October 18, 2007: Chief Charlie Redwine announced yesterday that Julie A. Dvorak has been selected as West Roane County's 2007 Firefighter of the Year. Factors in her selection were her high number of responses, training events attended, and her extensive helping with development and public education events.

    When asked for comments, Julie said, I want to thank my husband and Charlie Redwine and Clint and Gary Riggs and Charlie Mead and the entire department because if it weren't for all of them I wouldn't be where I am today. Everyone has been so wonderful and supportive.

    Congratulations, Julie!

Firefighter of the Year Julie Dvorak in a 2007 fire safety poster
Firefighter of the Year Julie Dvorak
in a WRCVFD 2007 fire safety poster;
click to zoom to PDF (210kb, 2400x1600)

  • Fun, Community, and Education for All: October 13, 2007 Live Fire Training and Open House a Success

    Updated 9:40 PM October 13, 2007: A good time was had by all at our Open House at West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Station #1 on Pumphouse Road (see map). The Open House was held on Saturday, October 13, 2007, from 9 AM on. October has special significance to firefighters: October is National Fire Safety Month and October 8-13 was National Fire Prevention Week.

    At the Open House there were activities for the whole family, including live demonstrations, live bluegrass music, barbeque to eat, blue reflective street number signs, and more. Community members of all ages met with Firefighters, socialized with their neighbors, learned more about fire safety, and enjoyed a perfect fall day!

    One volunteer, Tom van Dalen, made a beautiful wooden donations box in the shape of a fire truck for the occasion.

    There was an exciting extra treat. The Putnam County Live Fire Training Trailer was there for Live Fire Training for Firefighters, who in their turn-out gear fought controlled fires in the special trailer.

  • WRCVFD Participates in October 11, 2007 United Way Agency Fair; Photos of the Fair Now Available.

    October 12, 2007: The United Way Fair the year was held October 11, 2007 outside Wal-Mart on Highway 27. WRCVFD participated along with other United Way Partner Agencies. We were there in force with a fire truck and Firefighters in turn-out gear. We passed out brochures about WRCVFD, winter heating safety tips, emergency escape plans, and Fire Prevention Week, in addition to coloring books and fliers with open burning and burning permit information, emergency escape planning guides, escape plan coloring sheets, and more. We also provided informative signs and posters on these topics. Visitors were encouraged to attend our upcoming free Open House at Station No. 1 on on October 13.

    Photos of the Fair are now available in our Photos section. Many thanks are due to the volunteers who made our participation in the Fair possible.

  • Sign Up for Training Courses Offered October 19-21, November 2-3, and November 10 by the Roane County Rescue Squad

    October 12, 2007: Roane County Rescue Squad (RCRS) is offering training classes available to WRCVFD volunteers in October and November 2007.

    • Basic Extrication will be offered October 19 to 21, 2007, at the following times: Oct. 19, 6-10 PM classroom; Oct. 20, 8 AM - 4 PM fieldwork; Oct. 21, 8 AM to finish. The fee per student is $10.00; make checks payable to RCRS. You must provide your own turn-out gear, attend all 3 classes, and participate in the fieldwork.
    • Classes for the Emergency Vehicle Operator's Course (EVOC), Blood-Borne Pathogens Training (BBP), and Vanessa K. Free Training (VKF) will be offered November 2, 3, and 10, 2007, at the following times: Nov. 2, 6-10 PM; Nov. 3, 8 AM - noon; Nov. 10, 8 AM - noon (classroom); and Nov. 10, 12:30 PM to finish (Driving Course at the Career Center in Rockwood). The fee is $10.00 per person made out to RCRS. EVOC is good for 2 years. VKF is good for 1 year and it is the law that everyone must have this training to operate an Emergency Vehicle.

    Call Brian at 865-607-3957 with any questions about the classes.

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