Joaquin VFD Reports 6 Calls, Training Day

October 10, 2022 - It was high volume week for the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department with another 6 calls. In addition to the emergencies, there was also a day of training with several of Shelby County’s finest. Here’s a summary of the weeks events.

Starting early on Sunday morning, the EMR team would be dispatched to a lift assist at a residence on Highway 84 East. It would later be discovered that this call was for a DOA.

Later that same Sunday evening the JVFD responded to a hay bale fire in the vicinity of FM 2428 and Coulter Street. With the use of a brush truck and some rakes the fire was able to be put out.

Next, on Tuesday afternoon, a call was received for a 6 year old that had fallen and broken his arm on County Road 3193. The young boy was checked out by EMRs and EMTs before being transported by helicopter to a hospital.

Early Wednesday morning a call came in for a 2 vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 84 and Highway 7 East. Both drivers were checked out at the scene, but no life-threatening injuries were reported.

Thursday evening would have the most eventful call of the week with another 2 vehicle crash, this time at the intersection of FM 699 and Highway 84 East. In the aftermath of the collision one of the vehicles, a white Ford truck, settled in the ditch among a few trees. The driver required extrication with the jaws of life before he could be examined by Allegiance EMS. He was later airlifted from the scene. The driver of the second vehicle, a silver sedan, was also checked out at the scene by another Allegiance ambulance team. Traffic control on the highway was conducted in a joint effort between the JVFD, Tenaha VFD, and several law enforcement divisions.

The final call for the week was received in the wee hours of Friday morning in regards to a truck on fire in the Joaquin Apartments parking lot. Upon arriving on the the scene the JVFD found the entire engine bay and cab of the truck engulfed in flames. After donning air packs, 2 hose teams moved in to drown out the fire.

In lighter news, the JVFD hosted a training class for several of the Shelby County Fire Departments on Saturday morning. The class consisted of small company tactics and smoke reading and was instructed by a few members of Smith County ESD2. Part of the class involved the burning of a “doll house” diorama, which demonstrated how smoke can travel throughout a home and create pathways for fire to flow through. The Joaquin VFD greatly appreciates the instructors from SC ESD2 for coming down to teach, and the members from our neighboring departments for attending.

With that, this report will come to a close. As always, the JVFD hopes everyone has a great and safe week ahead.