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We recently received a mutual aid call from further away than usual. All fire departments provide and depend on mutual aid with neighboring agencies during significant events and ours is no exception, but this call was from the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department on Great Abaco in the Bahamas.
They lost all but one of their fire engines when Hurricane Dorian stalled over them for several days in September. With limited resources, they were desperate for any equipment to serve their community of 6,300. In the spirit of mutual aid, we sent them our outdated Engine 1, Huey, which we had replaced in June with a new Engine 1, also named Huey (see why in the PS).
They were eager recipients—even of our outdated equipment—because they do not benefit from the extent of town resources and donations that we do. Your past support contributed $100,000 towards our new truck purchase, along with more than $40,000 of new hose and other updated equipment.
Looking to the future, we must replace our last outdated truck, a 1993 Darley pumper by 2025. The cost of trucks is rising rapidly—we expect a new truck to be more than half a million by then—and we want to build that fund. That—along with the expense of continuous fire and EMS training, updating equipment and reordering supplies—goes well beyond the Town’s budget for our fire department.
Like all organizations, we are always on the lookout for volunteers. Our volunteers, just like our trucks, are not getting any younger and there is lots of work to do. Please take a minute to review the tasks listed on our Volunteer page. Is there something there you can help us with?
Anything that you can do—through financial contributions and personal involvement—to support our town’s public safety efforts will be greatly appreciated. A community means counting on each other—we need to count on you.
PS: Chris Gray, nicknamed Baby Huey, was a much-loved and dedicated member of the Brooklin Fire Department until he passed away from health issues at much too young an age. Those of you who were lucky enough to know Chris also know that he was larger than life—in both size and personality—who always showed his commitment to the fire department, despite his health limitations.
We still miss Chris, which is why we again named Engine 1 in his honor.