As we move into the fall season the Mottville Fire Company would like to say its time to check your heating appliances. Schedule your furnace maintenance before you need your heat each day. If you heat with wood or coal make sure your chimney has been cleaned and inspected before the first fire.
And most importantly, change your batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Those detectors can be the difference between life and death. Know your family escape plan and meeting place in the event of a fire. This is fire prevention month so its time to refresh your plans. If you have questions regarding detectors, escape plans or equipment maintenance please contact your local fire department or codes officer.
MVFC fire fighters responded to 16 alarms for the month of September. They were four medical calls, two motor vehicle accidents, one public service call and nine mutual aid calls to assist our neighboring fire departments.
Members spent 121.9 man hours away from home responding to the alarms. We have responded to 218 alarms for 2011 as of Sept. 30. Response is up by 33 alarms through the same time period as last year. As the nice weather continues we are taking advantage of it for outside fire training and our annual drivers training course. Thank you to Firefighter Dan Sheldon for being our top responder for September, making 14 alarms.
September has been a full month for fundraising. We had a very successful 21st annual golf tournament and our fall pancake breakfast. I would like to thank everyone that participated in each event. It is all of you that make our efforts a success. We look forward to seeing you again in March for the spring breakfast.