Maybell fire rolls on
Revamped department filling up
Maybell — Maybell Fire Chief Scott Schaffer was busy Wednesday evening, passing out pagers and radios to the dozen firefighters at the Volunteer Fire Department building on U.S. Highway 40.
The board meeting finished and the regular meeting completed, it was time for some training before everyone heads home to be with their families.
Holding full-time jobs while rebuilding a Fire Department takes serious dedication from all members.
On July 3, Moffat County commissioners appointed five new board members after the previous board resigned following a vote that put the department under control of the county instead of going independent.
A May 22 meeting in Maybell ended with 14 residents opting for an independent fire department, and 25 members voting to have the county run things.
Board president Sherrie Johnson was pleased with the progress the department is making.
“It’s quite a thing, all these people giving the time and energy to make this happen,” she said. “They’re really stepping up to the plate and making a go of it.”
Among items discussed at the meeting were repairs to the rescue truck that had “blown the rear end” on the way to Craig for repairs.
A new compressor was purchased and discussions were held on obtaining a water storage tank for quick and reliable refilling of the department’s tanker truck.
For a time, talk centered on the 1961 International fire truck that may soon end up on E-bay going to the highest bidder, and Maybell Fire a chance to upgrade some equipment.
Hose drying rack prices are being looked at and discussion was held on starting a junior firefighters program in town.
“It’s a good turnout, and we’re missing a couple of shift-workers and some people were out of town,” vice-president Lois Stoffle said. “Things are coming along really well.”
Training will be a big part of the VFD commitment in the coming months, and for assistance the Maybell group is looking to the county’s largest town.
“Craig firefighters have always helped with the training, and they respond to major events out here,” Johnson said. “It’s the same with the ambulance from the hospital. They are all really good, and their response and dedication are phenomenal.”
Maybell also has six Emergency Medical Technicians in the community that respond to about 40 calls per year, but the ambulance service is a separate entity from the fire department.
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