After an exhausting search, we have finally updated the signage on our building to make it more identifiable We added signage on the sides facing 709 and 2555.
This project has come a long way. This is a cooperation between the Texas Forestry Service FFP program and the RVFD. This is a military surplus vehicle that started out as a 1.25-ton pickup. Under the terms of the agreement, it has to be painted a non-military color and put into service. At the end of the contract term, the RVFD will take full possession of the apparatus. This unit is replacing an old FEPP apparatus. Under the terms of the FEPP agreement departments only had apparatus on loan and never fully ‘owned’ the apparatus. When it would go out of service it would be returned to the Govt to be crushed. Its the support from folks like you that allow us to take advantage of such programs.
We’ve been needing a good place to store gear up off the floor for quite a long while. Office depot closing gave us the perfect opportunity. By purchasing their old racks allowed us to build 24ft of storage space. We got all 24ft of space for 1/4 of the cost or one pre-made 8ft unit. Members broke down the shelving on Wednesday and we finished the install today.
We continue to outfit the new engine. We budgeted this year to outfit 2 compartments with the Pac Trac tool mounting system. This allows for the secure storage of tools and to increase the storage capacity of our compartments.
In addition, we have added reflective striping on top of the aluminum mounts. As you can see previously when the compartments are open there is no reflectivity at night. With these additions this increases the reflective surface of the truck for night operations. This increases firefighter safety on scenes.
The cost for these additions was just over $2000 for the hardware and was cut and installed by RVFD members. It’s donations from people like you that allow us to continue to improve our equipment to better serve the people of Retreat and Navarro County.
Retreat Vfd has partnered with Navarro County CERT and Navarro County OEM to get our members nationally certified in Search and Rescue.
Following two weekends of training, the volunteers completed their national certification as SAR Technician III from the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR).
CERT is an organization of trained volunteers operated under the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management that provides disaster response services, emergency preparedness education, and community services. The SAR team is a special unit within CERT that assists with missing person searches.
It was a great day at the Navarro County Fire School. This annual school is the second Saturday of September and is open to departments both in and outside of Navarro County. Classes are Teex acredited and 2604 reimbursable.
Municipal fire school update :
Cpt Ron Bennett:
Burn out day! It was a honor working with squad 2 this week. We worked very well with each other and accomplished our assignment. All hard working and can joke around while doing our task. Thanks everyone!
Seasons change and apparatus too. Today Linus is heading to his new duty station with the Levita Vfd. We hope he serves you as well as he has us over the years.
July 16, 2019
Retreat Volunteer Fire Department advances towards computerized firefighting
CORSICANA, Texas ? Retreat Volunteer Fire Department added a new 2019 tanker/pumper with many computerized updates to their fleet. Thanks to this new addition Retreat VFD was able to reallocate two of their serviceable apparatus to other small fire departments in desperate need of equipment.