South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department

THANK YOU

The SGCVFD Fire Department gets a variety of water rescues calls throughout the year. Thanks to your generous donations we now have a new jet ski to help achieve these rescues.

SGCVFD DONATES AED TO PSJ DIXIE BALL LEAGUES

SGCVFD has donated a second ZOLL Automated External Defibrillator (AED) this one went to The Port St. Joe Dixie Softball and Baseball leagues. As we hope they never have to use, being well prepared could mean the difference between life and death if SCA strikes.

In New Hampshire, Matt Keene, a 17-year-old high-school student is thankful that there was an AED at his school. Following a football practice he went into cardiac arrest, and because his school had a ZOLL AED Plus, his life was saved. Matt now is a prominent figure in the Legislature, telling his story in hopes that his state will mandate AEDs in all NH schools.

(SCA)  Sudden Cardiac Arrest strikes people of all ages and fitness levels, usually without warning. Many more lives can be saved if trained bystanders act promptly and phone 911, begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and provide defibrillation within minutes. The 2010 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines stresses the importance of high-quality CPR and the availability of an AED to help improve outcomes in a cardiac arrest. .

 

New Fire Trucks

In the past couple of years, we have received delivery of 4 new vehicles.
A Ford F-150 Beach Rescue Vehicle #596 and a Ford F-250 support truck #594.  Truck #596 paid for out of our generous donations and butt roasts.  It has been used extensively for transport from the beach to the ambulance, and as a quick response and basic life support vehicle.
We also received our new E-One 50' Teleboom aerial pumper #591.  This is permanently positioned at Station#2 and is availble for use 24/7.
Finally, we have just received delivery of the new Ford F-450 Brush Truck #597.  The chassis was paid for out of donations received and the build was paid for from part of a State Grant received by the Fire Control District. 

Click here for pictures of these new trucks.

A Really Big Thank You

Major grants and donations have been received from the T Douglas Hale Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation and The Miller Charitable Foundation Inc. as well as other amounts received from local businesses, organizations and individuals.

Safety Blog

Lionfish

Lionfish are showing up in our coastal waters.  These fish have long venomous dorsal spines.  A lionfish sting is extremely painful and in rare cases can cause an allerigic reaction with breathing difficulties.  Heat breaks down the venom, so the affected area should be soaed in hot, not scalding, water for 20 to 30 minutes.  Seek medical attention to prevent infection and monitor for serious adverse reactions (from Rifle & Rod magazine, Fall 2013).

Lionfish

Should you encounter a lionfish in our waters, you are requested to report the sighting at http://nas.er.usgs.gov/sightingreport.aspx.

By the way, lionfish are very good to eat, having delicate white meat with no fishy flavor.