By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — The Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory Board approved four travel requests for firemen attending conferences and training procedures during a meeting on Tuesday, June 1.
Battalion Chief Brooks Huffer and Firefighter Jason Neher received permission to attend the annual Indiana Fire Instructors Association CE conference on June 26. The board also approved Assistant Chief Aaron Bolinger going to Elkhart in August to help provide training on air monitor equipment to Elkhart’s hazmat team. Bolinger will also travel to Greenwood in June as one of 20 instructors for a live fire training course.
WWFT Fire Chief Michael Wilson and EMS Coordinator Chris Fancil were given board approval to attend a conference in Fort Wayne. The conference is a public safety personnel suicide prevention and awareness course designed to shed light on warning signs and symptoms, communications, and emotional and physical behaviors.
In other business, the board learned from Lutheran EMS Interim Director Alicia Elder about the high number of patients treated in April. Elder said that Lutheran EMS’s call volume was up from March and that they’ve treated a lot of people for injuries from vehicle accidents, as well as medical emergencies.
Elder also noted four instances where Warsaw’s admin station was contacted for assistance with medical runs.
“Those were responses where we had no trucks left in the county, including our Bourbon station,” said Elder. “We were very busy. We have a great relationship with them (WWFT). When we have five trucks in the county…and this high acuity of patients, it takes a lot.”
The board’s next meeting is at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 6.