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Volume 11, Issue 6 ' hpuper for the people" June 2004 Local Fire and Ambulance Agencies Join Forces The Greentown Volunteer Fire Company and Eastern Howard Eqergency Service have announced a merger, to become effective in the month of June, 2004. The organizational structure will be with a Chief of Greentown Volunteer Fire Company and two Assistant Chiefs, one for medical business and one for fire business. Each Assistant Chief will see to management of his organization and report to the Fire Council Approves Personnel Changes in U Wastewater Dept. In a special meeting of the Greentown Town Council on May 20, 2004, the resignation of William Ross, Wastewater Superintendent, was accepted. The Council voted to increase the salary of Steve Rule, Laborer, by $ 1,000 per year. This increase will be paid out of wastewater department funds. Bryan Klein, a certified Plant Operator, was hired as a contract worker. He has 17 years service with Kokomo Wastewater Dept. and is a Class I1 Operator. He will be performing duties required to be done by a licensed operator, such as supervising all necessary sampling and documentation, and the completion of the required reports. The Council also hired Ryan Bright as part time summer help. Steve Rule Chief. Currently these positions are held by Vince Jaenicke, Chief; Todd Haynes Asst. Chief of Medical; and Sam Coate, Asst. Chief of Fire. Jaenicke stated that the new structure will enable the consolidation of some duties such as treasurer and will provide better communication between the two sub- organizations. He said the merger is " in the best interest of the community." He said most fire and ambulance services in the state are combined. Jaenicke further stated that many people have assumed that the two services were combined from the beginning, partly because they both used the fire station as headquarters. The Volunteer Fire Company was Moor, who has been involved with the fire company and local funeral Photo by Rachel Jenkins directors, it wasn't until the early 1970' s that an ambulance service was Technicians. There is a serious need for EMTs, begun. Funeral Director, Gene Pickett, The fourth and most important Driver/ lst Responders, and started having EMT classes and used a option was initiated by Tony Monize Firefighters. If you are interested in funeral coach as an ambulance. A training officer of EHES. Tony any of these positions or know separate volunteer ambulance service recruited local community members someone who would make a good was begun in the late 1970' s. and business leaders in the roll of an volunteer call the Fire Station at A shortage of funds and volunteers advisory board to assist the ambulance 628- 7750 and leave a message. have kept E ~ frSom providing service in a Strategy that would Todd Haynes, Asst. Chief Medical, continuous coverage to the community. increase the availability of the local would like to thank two community Members of both agencies got together ambulance. The advisory board churches Sycamore Friends and New and discussed many options. One of analyzed current and past business data Salem Friends that sent money for the the first options was for the Fire and suggested to the EHES purchase a new defibrillator for use on Company to provide drivers. In the fall membership that they join together heart attack Patients. The money was of 2003 EHES President Todd Haynes with the Fire Company. Elected pooled with money from the Fire along with EMT's Bonnie Coate, and officials of EHES discussed the matter Company to Purchase a new ZOLL Jan White taught a medical 1 st with the Fire Company officers and the automatic external defibrillator. The Responder course for firefighters who majority agreed that to serve the new ZOLL AED utilizes the new were interested in driving the community more efficiently a BI- phasic power use technology that ambulance. Brad Bray, Howard combining of resources would requires less power to revive a patient County Coroner, served as primary expedite the recovery to 24 hour a day in cardiac'arrest. instructor. Captain Mike Lucke, Randy 7 days a week medical coverage. The Kennedy, and Jim McKibben merging of equipment and personnel successfully completed the state was a difficult decision to make for certified course. both agencies. The medical personnel The second option was the Fire were accustomed to operating under Company applied for and received a their own command styucture. The fire grant for $ 4,000 dollars to equip a fire personnel have little experience with truck with life saving medical providing medical administration. One equipment. This is to supplement the thing that draws both groups together ambulance when in service and is the common goal of serving the provide basic life support when the community in which they live. ambulance is busy or out of service. The Greentown Vol. Fire Company The Fire Company went to option would like to take this opportunity to 3 firefighters to attend EMT training. who have an interest in joining the Sam Coate are all certified by the State district as volunteer Firefighters and of Indiana as Emergency Medical Emergency Medical Responders. formed in 1944. According to Dick Todd Haynes, Assistant Chief of Medical; Vince Jaenicke, Chief; and Sam Coate, Assistant Chief of Fire. HOWARD CouNTY 4- H FAIR three and provided training money for solicit fkom the community, persons Scott Comfort, Gregg Hensler, and men and women who serve our fire
|Title||The Greentown Grapevine – 2004-06, 11:06|
|Subject, Local||Greentown, Howard County (Ind.)|
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|Local Item ID||Greentown History Center – newspaper collection|
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|Publisher||Greentown Area Residential Association, 1993-|
Local News depicting eastern Howard County in Indiana.
Headlines: Local Fire and Ambulance Agencies Join Forces; Council Approves Personnel Changes in Wastwater Dept.
|Contributors||Kokomo-Howard County Public Library; Greentown Historical Society|
|Source||Original newspaper: The Greentown Grapevine, June 2004, Volume 11, Issue 06|
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