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Volunteer Fire Department notes – Jan. 31

Two recent call-outs were on the same day, Sunday, Jan. 30. In the morning, the department was called to a home on Cross Pond for an alarm. Upon arriving it was found to be a false alarm.

Later in the day about 3:30 p.m. we were paged to respond to the Lincolnville Road in Belmont for a trailer fire. Engine 32 with firefighter Haley and Assistant Chief Randy were assigned water supply en route to the scene.

Tanker 35 operated by Jethro, accompanied by newer firefighter Tom Fish, set up at the scene to manage traffic control. We were all released about an hour and a half later as Belmont quickly knocked the fire down but used thermal imaging to search for additional hot spots. Our station was manned by two more firefighters.

This fire was very preventable, the cause was the use of a portable heater being placed under the mobile home to thaw pipes. The results could have been much worse. Belfast and Searsmont fire departments also responded with manpower and equipment because this was a structure fire.

We thank all who donated bottles and cans to the Ladies Auxiliary fundraising building fund project. Keep them coming. But please tie up the bags.

We are all set on toilet tissue, paper towels, and bottled water at this time. What we could use are individual packs of hot chocolate and soda such as Pepsi, Coke and Diet Coke. If you wish to donate,
contact Chief Rowlands or Jethro to arrange for drop-off.

Capt. Brian Simmons has had some surgery to repair a shoulder. He will be out of service for a while
as he heals. Brian is a longtime department member and his skills will be missed over the next several months. Get better, Brian. We look forward to seeing the Big Yellow truck on the road again.

Sympathy

Deepest sympathy to the Hustus family in the passing of their sister Ellen (Hustus) Norrie.

Birthdays

Happy birthday to Royce Place on Feb. 3 and Carol Littlefield Cook on Feb. 14.

Everyone have a safe and wonderful week. If you have anything you would like to put in this column, email me.

Quote of the week

Your mind is a magnet. If you think of blessings, you attract blessings, and if you think of problems, you attract problems. Always cultivate good thoughts and always remain positive and optimistic! — Unknown