2010-02-11 / Front Page

A Call for Help

by members of the LVFD

A young couple is happily married and raising their children. The early years pass quickly with many ball games and going to the lake. Time passes. Suddenly, the kids enjoy going out with their friends instead of staying home and watching movies. Now, the late hours after midnight drag by as mom and dad wait and wonder if their children are okay.

Suddenly, they are awakened from a troubled sleep by the screaming of a siren rushing to a scene of an accident. They run to check on their kids, but no one is there. What can they do? Is it their kids? Is anyone going to help them? Only time will tell.

There is a “Golden Hour” in rescue situations where the first hour is critical in getting someone seriously injured to the hospital. The best hope is often a life flight helicopter. Still, someone has to get them out of the vehicle. Who can do this? The answer is a volunteer of the local EMS and Volunteer Fire Department who have been trained in the use of life saving Jaws of Life, lift bags and setting up landing zones for helicopters. These VOLUNTEERS are the best chance for helping to save someone from tragedy.

Why aren’t there more volunteers in the fire department? The most common excuse is “I don’t have time.” All of the people in the fire department have busy lives, they have families, many of them work out of town, some farm and ranch; they volunteer at their church and do many other activities. The LAST thing they want to hear is the sound of the emergency tone going off at 2 a.m. For an instant, you just want to lie there and let someone else take the call. Then you remember that there really isn’t anyone else and that someone might be trapped in a wrecked car or in a house about to burn up. You drag yourself out of bed and hurry to the station to see what is needed to be done. After all, it might be one of your friends or your loved ones. Regardless, someone is counting on you to help.

The bottom line is when you volunteer, you don’t have to wonder if someone is going to help your loved ones.

Currently there are only about 12 active members in the Lexington Volunteer fire Department. This is a very thin line of help. Some can only help during the day. Others are only available in the evenings and on weekends. More are desperately needed.

The main criteria for a man or woman to join the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department are that they be over 18 years of age, reasonably healthy and have a willingness to help. Members do not have to live in the city limits. Meetings and drills are on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Although fire school is encouraged, it is not mandatory. Most training is done on drill nights and the occasional weekend. All firefighters are covered by Worker’s Compensation while in service. Each member is also covered by a $50,000 accidental death policy that is in effect even when not in service. They also have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping those in need.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter can call the station at 979-773-3608. Leave a message. We will call you back. You can also drop by the station during our meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Meetings start at 7 p.m.

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