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. “We are primarily deployed in Navarro County through the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office but have been requested to assist in neighboring counties, “says John Gantt, Coordinator of Navarro County CERT. “Missing person searches are usually time critical and require significant manpower. The CERT SAR Team can quickly add trained, equipped, and screened volunteers to assist law enforcement in the field. All our SAR team have passed criminal background checks and have NASAR certification. Whether it is a child or an older adult that has wondered off, we’re here to get as many trained people looking for the person as quickly as possible.”