Weatherford Democrat

Top News

April 4, 2013

ESD No. 1 volunteers recognized

By CHRISTIN COYNE

Emergency Services District No. 1 Saturday recognized another year of providing fire and emergency services to the northern portion of Parker County and many of those who made it happen.

The year of 2012 was a year of positive change, ESD board president Rena Peden told those gathered.

District administration was reorganized to create efficiencies and savings for the district, Peden said, adding that both new administrative employees previously worked for attorneys and bring certain organizational and computer skill sets.

The district chief is now in charge of the entire operation, Peden said, adding that they added a second assistant chief position and moved information technology in-house.

They also hired a full-time mechanic to service the district’s vehicles, Peden said.

Each fire station now has a full-time position, as well.

In addition to upgrading fire stations, particularly at Silver Creek and Peaster, the district also purchased three new fire engines for Springtown, Peaster and Silver Creek departments.

One of those trucks, an engine for Silver Creek VFD which arrived the prior week, drew a crowd outside during the banquet.

Currently, they have four commissioners, representing three of the four department service areas, and expect to fill the fifth position in May following the outcome of the election regarding a request for annexation by Aledo, according to Peden.

District Chief Eric Vinson said district fire departments responded to approximately 2,400 calls during the year.

Various achievements by ESD staff and volunteers were also noted.

Springtown VFD Deputy Chief Jason Hinton recognized Mike Ellis for 30 years with the department, Gary Tidwell as citizen of the year and Outreach of Love Church as business of the year.

Parker County Fire Marshal Shawn Scott also recognized fire dispatcher April Baldwin for a call she handled in February.

The call was not only Baldwin’s first structure fire call, but she had to deal with a visually impaired woman trapped inside the building, Scott said. Baldwin instructed the woman how to open a window, which allowed fresh air in and bought her minutes until Assistant Fire Marshal Frank Watson arrived on scene and was able to get her out of the house, Scott said.

Text Only
Top News
Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results