October 25, 2022 On September 24, Gerton Fire and Rescue held what has become our annual fundraiser and open house. We had a great turn out as we have had in previous years. This year we were raising funds to purchase new Thermal Imaging Cameras. These cameras allow us the ability to see inside smoke filled or low visibility situations. They also could be used in search and rescue situations. Our hope was to be able to purchase at least two of these units to place on our first out engines. We had a private supporter who funded the food so our expenses to put this on was minimal. We served over 125 plates. Once the event was over, we found we had raised over $3000. The next week we were invited to another event where another $1000 was raised. We later had another supporter who donated $2000 to meet our goal. Our thanks to go out to everyone who donated and has supported us throughout the last year. As an update from last year’s event, we were able to purchase the Lucas automatic compression device with the assistance of a grant we were fortunate to receive. We were able to place it on service in late January. This summer we had to use the device and it assisted us tremendously. Over the last year we have added three new members to our roster. We are excited to welcome Riley Lyda, Tim (TR) Maloney and Ryan Lubbers. They are working diligently to get some of their certifications under their belt. So far this year, we have responded to over 70 calls for service. The department is maintaining the volunteers and occasionally have new ones join. We are so proud of all the volunteers. They train every week and respond to calls. We have two of our volunteers currently in technical rescue school. We are also offering the firefighter 1 & 2 classes at our station. Their dedication to training helps to prepare them for whatever situation we may encounter. We have been planning and continue to train for incidents on the trails in our fire district. Last year 40% of our calls were trail related. This year we have already responded to multiple incidents on the trails. These calls do tax our department, but with the use of our mutual aid partners we handle each one. We also want to remind you that as we change the time in November, to please change out your smoke detector batteries. If your smoke detectors are older than 10 years old, you should think about replacing them. We do have a limited number of smoke detectors and batteries at the station and can assist you
installing them if needed. We also would like to pre-plan your home if you would be willing to allow us. Remember smoke detectors save lives! The Thermal Imaging Cameras arrived this week. After training and charger installation in the trucks they will be placed in service. This addition to our arsenal of tools will assist us to perform search and rescues not only in structures, but in nighttime searches. We want to thank everyone who donated to this cause and remind you to call 911 anytime you have an emergency. Please do not call the station since it could potentially slow response if no one is there. Also, anytime you call on a cell phone, make sure you let them know you are in Gerton in Henderson County. The cell towers are in Buncombe County and all cell 911 calls go to Buncombe County 911 center. As always, please stay safe and call us when you have an emergency. We are ready and willing to respond to help. Thank you for all of your support!