January 9, 2023 - The opening week to 2023 was an active one for the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department with 7 separate calls, 3 of those on New Year's Day alone. Here's a summary of the week's events.
The first call of the year came in around 2:00am for a camper on fire off of County Road 3189. When units arrived on scene, they found the camper fully involved and began to pull hose lines. After a close to an hour of dousing flames and hot spots the fire was deemed under control. The camper was a complete loss, but no one was harmed.
Just as the last hoses were rolled up from the fire, another call came in for a man having seizures on County Road 3315. The JVFD members who had just been fighting fire went into EMR mode to respond and check out this patient. After a few minutes of collecting vitals, Allegiance EMS arrived on scene to take over the patient's care.
The final call for Sunday would come in at 4:12pm for a female needing medical attention after a physical altercation on County Road 3361. The EMR team responded to see to the patient, who was in the protection of Precinct 3 Constable Roy Cheatwood following the altercation. A few minutes later Allegiance arrived to take the patient to a nearby emergency room.
Monday evening a call came in at 7:51pm for a car that had run off the road and struck a tree on Highway 84 East. The JVFD provided traffic control on the roadway as a tow truck loaded up the car. No serious injuries were reported from the accident.
Both Wednesday's and Thursday's calls came in around 5:00pm for 2 vehicle crashes, with the first in front of Blount Pharmacy and the second on the overpass near Joaquin Tire. In both cases the JVFD provided traffic control as the crash victims were checked out by EMS personnel and the accidents were investigated by law enforcement officers.
Friday had the last call for the week which came in at 8:49am in regards to a 16 year old that passed out at Joaquin High School. Members of the JVFD on staff at the school reported a few minutes later that the patient was stable and in the care of the school nurse.
With that, this report will come to a close. The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department hopes everyone has a great and safe week ahead.