Joaquin VFD Responds to Large Number of Trees Down Calls; Major Crash

April 18, 2022 - From the severe storms of early last week all the way to Easter Sunday, here’s a list of all the calls the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department responded to in that time.

Starting the night of Tuesday, April 12th to the morning of Wednesday, April 13th the JVFD had 7 recorded calls of trees being down on roads and power lines. Reports of trees down were widespread across the jurisdiction of the JVFD, and much of the clearing was done by breaking up into small teams to more efficiently remove the obstructions.

Also coming in on the morning of April 13th was a call about a car in a ditch off of FM 2428 with the driver unresponsive. The Joaquin VFD secured the scene for Allegiance EMS and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office as they checked out the driver.

Lastly on Thursday, April 14th the JVFD responded to a major two vehicle accident on Highway 84 in front of the local grocery store. The driver of one vehicle was extricated using new battery-powered extrication tools, before being checked out by Allegiance EMS and JVFD Emergency Medical Responders. That driver was later airlifted by LifeAirRescue. Assisting with the extrication was a few members of DeSoto Fire District 1. Traffic on the highway was cut down to two lanes for the duration of the scene. 

All operations by the department were performed in a safe manner. The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department hopes that everyone had a happy Easter and has a great week going forward.