Monkton Volunteer Fire Department

Fire Department  453-3869

States Prison Hollow Road

Meetings 1st, 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays of every month at 8:p.m. at the Fire Station.

2010 was a very productive year for the MVFD from certifying some of its members in water and ice water rescue to building a brush truck for forest and wild land fires.

Together, the members put in hundreds of hours in training to ensure their safety and the wellbeing of the community.

As we feel the crunch of tough economic times the members are working hard at other sources of revenue through private fundraising.

We held our 4th Annual Grass Drag and are very happy to say it was a huge success. With the introduction of a mud bog, suggested by Dan Berry, we were able to make this event bigger and more successful than ever and we look forward to 2011 being even bigger.

As mentioned already we have spent a lot of time in the water training and are happy to announce that we now have a Zodiac water rescue boat. We heard from many residents about their concerns as to why we need a boat and from many that thought it was a good idea. We thank everyone for their interest and their input.

We as a department feel that with Cedar Pond (AKA Monkton Pond) and Bristol Pond within our own community, not to mention the surrounding towns, that have or order water that it was in our best interest to make this purchase to provide yet another valuable means of providing safety. Over the past years we have responded to family pets in the water and an unfortunate incident on our very own pond. The community is growing and in order to keep up with the times we need to be progressive and not wait until it is too late.

The department has had many changes in personnel in the last few years and we know that everyone’s time is valuable but we encourage anyone that is interested, and may have some time to offer, to PLEASE contact us if you would like to contribute to your community.

Misconception becoming a volunteer firefighter:

  1. Time consuming – Wrong, yes we do have meetings and trainings but they are once a week for 2 to 3 hours.
  2. I have to leave my job to respond to a call – Wrong, you and your family come first so we do not expect you to jeopardize your household to respond. You come when you can which is why we need many volunteers. Larger numbers mean that a group is more apt to be formed than if we only have a department of ten.
  3. I have to go into a burning building – Wrong, we do not require anyone to do anything they are not comfortable with. We have many jobs that need to be done such as; driving the trucks to the scene, pump operators, someone to keep accountability of the personnel on the foreground, and many others.
  4. I am not 18 years old so I can not do anything – Wrong, we like having Junior Firefighters! It is a great way to start learning by training on the job. If you have an interest in having a career in fire or EMS then this is a great way to start learning. You will have limits to what you can do but wee will do our best to training you in everything we can.

The facts about being a Firefighter:

  1. Rewarding – True, if you like being a part of something great and doing something for others this is the best way to fill that space.
  2. It’s cool – True, even though fire is hot there is nothing better than telling a child or community member that you are a firefighter. Who doesn’t like a fireman??

So if you think you may have what it takes to be a part of something great please contact us at

Monktonfire@gmail.com or call Chief David Layn at 453-2286 or any of our professional firefighters.

Thank you,

Chief David Layn

 

 

 

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