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MVFC 1st. Annual Open House
Sunday, October 1, 2017

This past Sunday, your Millville Volunteer Fire Company held its 1st Annual Open House. To say it was a success would be an understatement. From President Clarke Droney, Acting Chief, Paul Sterling, EMS Chief John Watson, Administrative Officer Velcia Melson, Doug Scott, and all the members, we thank you all for making this event such as success.

Steve Maneri, Town of Millville Deputy Mayor conveyed the keys to the new 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Command Unit to Chief Richie Walls. The Town of Millville purchased this $80,000 vehicle for your fire company.

Chief Ken McLoughlin, OVPD, spoke about the relationship between the police department and fire service and the amount of money the Town of Ocean View also provides to MVFC for operational costs which increase each year. Many to not realize the federal government dictates many of the standards that must be followed in the volunteer fire service. As always, donations are gladly accepted. When you receive your notice in the mail, please give what you can so the men and women of MVFC have the gear to keep them safe when responding to an emergency situation.

The children had a Bounce House, Face Painting, among seeing first-hand the Delaware State Police Medevac Helicopter. DSP Medevac arrived late and departed early due to emergency calls, thus allowing all those to witness an up-close approach, landing, and a departure. DNREC Corporal Nat Evans was overwhelmed by the children that boarded their boat on static display. Cpl. Evens is probably still scrubbing the foot prints from the deck, but he enjoyed every moment!

Sussex County Paramedics conducted mini-CPR sessions. Sussex County Emergency Operations Center provided their Mobile Command Post to coordinate the day’s events.

A drone demonstration was conducted depicting the use of drones in public safety. Next time you are on plane in the Indian River and think you witnessed a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) flying above you to drop to a sinking vessel or a swimmer in distress, it’s not the sun in your eyes, you’re witnessing the future of life-saving. The drone was operated by FF Nick Harrington of both the MFVC and OVPD.

It appeared the parents and older generation enjoyed viewing the antique first apparatus by MVFC and several of our neighboring fire companies.

Beebe Hospital provided free flu-shots and other types of screening on-site.

We wish to acknowledge the following businesses that generously donated their time and equipment for this community event. If you need any of these services, they are friends of the fire service.

RentEquip on Town Road in Ocean View. DJ-Wax, Hocker’s Catering, and Barbara Burns Face Painting. Lord Baltimore Principal Pam Webb and Darrin McCain from Coastal Point Newspaper helped promote this event free of charge.

Most of all, I thank all the members and officers that gave up their Sunday, not to fight a fire, but to permit this first-time event to occur. So much work is needed before and after the public arrives and departs.

Tony Petralia, Social Media Officer

 

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