From Fire Chief Ted Plank:
The new piece of equipment (silver in color) is called a medical skid and slides into the Polaris UTV that Assistant Chief Andrew Lucas is standing in front of (with past volunteer Jon Coleman to his right). We use it to evacuate injured people from off-road locations. The orange object is called a Stokes litter. We have one to go with the medical skid and another on one of our engines. They are used to carry patients until they can be loaded into an ambulance or helicopter.
Captain Andrew Hart is wearing new wildland firefighting pants. We replaced several pairs earlier this year. New uniforms have been ordered and are arriving in December.
The medical skid unit was purchased with funds raised by the Estes Park Rotary’s Duck Race fundraiser in 2021.
PINEWOOD SPRINGS AWARDED FIRE DISTRICT GRANTS
In 2022 the Pinewood Springs Fire Protection District was the recipient of 4 grants awarded to support our volunteer Fire Fighters and our community.
The two FEMA “Assistance to Fire Fighters Grant” awards will fund the replacement of 2 crucial collections of equipment: self- contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and dual-band radios. SCBA provides protection from heat, toxic gases, and harmful particulates during car and structure fire suppression and rescue.
The new dual-band radios will allow firefighters to carry one radio to communicate within our two different communications systems and positions us for upcoming communications infrastructure changes
The “United Way of Larimer County” Grant, awarded earlier this year allowed us to purchase additional structural and wildland gear.
The “Larimer County Firefighters Grant” provided new CPR and airway training mannequins to support community training classes.
See our previous article listing the five departments (including Lyons) who got part of the Boulder County grant:
Ted Plank, Chief; Andrew Lucas, Assistant Chief; John Bykerk, Battalion Fire Chief; Jessica Bologna, Captain, Andrew Hart, Captain, Brian Rappel, Captain, Paul Legan, Lieutenant, Steve LeMaire, Lieutenant
Current firefighters: Trevor Byron, Charlie Gau, Matt Khachaturian, Kevin Noble, Kirk Ping, Ross Swanson, and Tasha Wagner (and 5 probationary firefighters)