Meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence.
The minutes of the September meeting were sent out prior to the October meeting and were accepted as sent.
Financial Report as of 9/30/2007
Meat, cheese and relish trays were provided by Marshall prior to the meeting. If you missed the meeting you missed out on some GREAT homemade pies! (Thank you, Marshall. And please pass another thank you on to the Pie Lady. It was all greatly appreciated.) $38 worth of 50/50 sold at the October meeting. Drawing winner was Larry Goodwin. $19 cash was kept out for the cash bag (no additional deposit made)
Fire Prevention week went really well this year. Each school had a representative from the county show up at the Fire Prevention programs at the elementary schools.
For the Kid’s Carnival on Saturday we had all departments represented as well as participation from Dunn and BRMC ambulance services, Bedford Fire Ladder Truck and the Air Evac helicopter.
Right now we’re considering doing away with Monday thru Friday and having more efforts put into fundraising on Saturday alone. Replacement batteries for smoke alarms were distributed Saturday to parents as they made the rounds with the kids. They were well received and appreciated by the community. Thank you to Luke for getting the donations and ordering the batteries. Hopefully we’ll be able to do this again next year. The insurance agents making the donations were Mike Ragone, Jack Volkschild, and Justin Inman. (All members of Shawswick VFD)
Steve wanted to issue as general safety reminder to all VFD, especially to First Responders. With increased drug use, prescription and illegal, we need to be mindful of scene safety when called to possible O.D.’s or unknown medical runs. Some drugs can give the user almost super human strength and there is the possibility of personal injury to a Responder if they are out of control.
District 8 News: Bob Brown
Right now money has been approved but hasn’t been received. By-Laws are still in process for the district and will (hopefully) be voted on at the next meeting. (Nov 20) There has been a grant for Haz Mat training for at least 1, possibly 2, classes in Lawrence County. It will be put on by District 8 but right now Bob isn’t sure at what level; Awareness & Ops or Ops & Tech. A training hub is still needed for the district. There has been a $100,000 grant for the infrastructure of District 8. Although the board would like to divide this between 3 locations the state may not allow this. If the money can’t be divided then the money might be returned to the state. The next meeting was to be November 20th at Ellettsville.
Bob Brown would like to put on a CPR class for the county sometime in December or January. Details will be announced, as they are available.
The county did have 2 AED trainers at one time. One of them is currently located at Marion Township. If the other trainer is currently at another department please let us know so we can find it if needed.
2008 meeting calendar:
If you see there is a conflict with the month your department is scheduled please contact me as soon as possible so the schedule can be changed.
The November meeting will be the 27th at the Williams Community Building. Chad Mills from the DNR will be the speaker. He’ll be talking about swift water rescue, ATV wrecks, and other outdoor incidents.
If there are any fundraisers or announcements you’d like to have sent out or announced at this month’s meeting please let me know by Tuesday.
VISITATION ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH, FROM 2 P.M. TO 8 P.M. AT DAY & CARTER FUNERAL HOME.
VISITATION ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH, FROM 9 A.M. TO 10 A.M. AT GRACEFUL GOSPEL CHURCH.
FUNERAL ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH, AT 10 A.M. AT GRACEFUL GOSPEL CHURCH.
GRAVESIDE SERVICES FOLLOWING FUNERAL AT HOPKINS CEMETERY.
The Graceful Gospel Church is located on 39th Street just off Highway 37.
Hopkins Cemetery is located at the dead end of Old State Road 37 in Needmore.
In keeping with the family's wishes there will be no honor guard, IVFA Chaplain, or fire service eulogy rendered during the funeral. Marshall Township Fire Department will provide however a fire apparatus escort to the cemetery, a bagpiper, and a last alarm service to be rendered during the graveside service.
Any fire department members wishing to be present for the funeral please meet at the church no later than 9:30 A.M. on Tuesday.
The Marshall Township Volunteer Fire Department wishes to thank all Lawrence County Firefighters for your support to John's family, and our department during this difficult time.