Fire Department Needs Trucks, Water, Equipment
By Robin Loving
Living in masonry buildings can give San Miguel residents a false sense of security from the threat of fire, but the local fire department is also the first responder to traffic accidents, which occur on the average of twice each week and eight times each weekend. The fire department, a nonprofit organization, runs primarily on volunteer power and donations, leaving it somewhat up to those they serve to help bridge the gap between what they have and what they need.
“Fire Department Needs Trucks, Water, Equipment”
Tue, Oct 11, 12:30pm
Salida a Querétaro 1
Come to Rotary Tuesday, October 11, to hear volunteer Blanca Romay Dama speak on behalf of President Juan Antonio Perez Solis about the dire needs of this important security team as well as how we can provide ourselves safety from fires. The meeting will begin at 12:30pm at Hotel Misión, Salida a Celaya 1. It will be free and in English.
“We are very proud of our scores of volunteers, but they can do only so much without the water necessary to fight fires,” said Blanca. Only a few of our 543 colonias, communities, and ranches have water stored for firefighting.
“We are grateful that 30 percent of our fixed costs are provided by the government, that Texas volunteers train our teams, and that we earn funds from the Tuesday market parking concession, but we need funds for a truck, hoses, hydraulics, and safety equipment,” said Blanca. In addition, the fire department would like to build a substation on the Libramiento near Las Alamedas. The truck alone would cost between US$35,000 and $165,000, and that would be a used truck from Texas.
The local government supports the fire department with about US$2,500 a month, but it takes around US$8,000 a month to respond appropriately to its mission. When volunteers come to train, the fire department has to find places for them to stay, food for them to eat, and transportation to get them to the trainings.
The fire department was founded in 1983 on September 11, the national day of the firefighter, in honor of those who have lost their lives in the line of service.
Rotary unites neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens for the common good. For more information, contact President Nate Fultz at email@example.com and see RotarySMAMidday.org.