More than $6,000 in firefighting equipment has been purchased over the past year by Co. 16 in Ahwahnee, thanks to donations from members of the community.
Purchased equipment includes two medical/trauma bags, a hose roller, a chainsaw (and protective chaps), and four portable radios.
During the fist eight months of the year, the all-volunteer (PCF) Company 16, part of the Madera County Fire Department has responded to more than 130 emergencies, including the Sky Ranch fire, the North Fork fire, and has even provided support on the Rough Fire in the Sequoia National Forest.
The station operates three pieces of equipment – a structure engine, a wildland engine, and a water tender.
“Madera County provides a basic complement – the apparatus and protective clothing, training, and so on, but this donated equipment allows our firefighters to be safer and more effective,” said Ahwahnee Captain Jerry Riggs. “The community helped build this station in 1963, and has always supported our efforts. 100% of the donations to Ahwahnee Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. go to improving local fire protection.”
“The community support for the Madera County Fire Department Company No. 16 in Ahwahnee is always appreciated,” said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Troy Cheek. “Company 16 has worked and trained hard, and is a vital part of Madera County’s emergency services in the mountains. We cannot do our job without the paid call firefighters (PCFs), and the equipment they purchase through donations provides needed equipment that the county may not be able to supply.”
Cheek added that the Madera County Fire Department is always looking for interested individuals who wish to join the department in Ahwahnee, Oakhurst, or elsewhere in the county.
“Please support your local fire station and become a firefighter for Madera County Fire Department.” Cheek said.
Details: (559) 683-4868.