In order to maintain a high state of equipment readiness and dependability, the Chestertown VFC maintains an aggressive maintenance and testing program on our equipment. While each piece of equipment is regularly inspected by our personnel, we also adhere to the recommendations of the National Fire Protection Association - Pamphlet 1932, the "Standard on Use, Maintenance, and Service Testing of In-Service Fire Department Ground Ladders".
With deep, abiding sadness, the Chestertown VFC announces the passing of Theodore "Ted" Landskroener. Mr. Ted was a Life Member of long-standing, going back to the 1960's. He served a number of terms on our Board of Directors. Some of those terms included milestones such as new apparatus purchases.
It is with great sadness the Chestertown VFC announces the passing of W. Thomas (Tommy) Lynch. Tommy joined us in 1960 as a Junior member at the age of 16. While he held no elected administrative positions with the fire company, he progressed through the Active Firefighter ranks, achieving the high rank of Assistant Chief. According to his family, Tommy was devoted to the firefighting side of our mission and enjoyed the companionship, comradeship and esprit de corps found among firefighters.
On Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 8:41 pm, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad, Kennedyville VFC and Kent County EMS was dispatched for the Motor Vehicle Collision with Unknown Injuries on Morgnec Road (Maryland 291) near Maiden Lot Farm Lane. The actual location was confirmed on Morgnec Road in front of Crimson Stables.
We've debuted a new recruitment video. It's available on our YouTube channel along with social media platforms. We're in need of people to fill all positions, including Firefighting and Associate Members. Associate Members help with administrative duties, which includes fund raising and serving on various committees, etc. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter or an associate member with the Chestertown VFC, please visit our website at https://chestertownvfc.org/
As part of our long-range plan to improve overall service to our community, the Chestertown VFC has made a rather large change. The decision was made to sell Rescue 6, our rescue truck, and eventually replace it with a Rescue-Engine. There is an apparatus committee currently working on the specifications for the new unit. One of the biggest features carried on Rescue 6 is a Cascade System, which allows the refill of breathing air cylinders at the scene of an emergency. This feature will be temporarily unavailable until the replacement unit is delivered. Until then we will work with our mutual aid companies as needed to continue that important task. Additionally, critical tools carried on Rescue 6, needed to fulfill our mission, have been relocated to units we still have in service.
While we were prevented from bringing you the Easter Bunny in person, he stopped by the fire station and helped our members organize a Virtual Easter Egg Hunt. Take a few minutes and see if you can locate all the Easter Eggs scattered around the fire station and on the equipment.
We have unfortunate news to share! The Easter Bunny has to cancel his plans to tour around Chestertown and vicinity on Sunday, April 12. Given the current Public Health Emergency, the Health Department contacted him and expressed concerns about his event. The Easter Bunny is crestfallen at this sudden turn of events, and is disappointed he won't be able to greet boys and girls of all ages. We certainly share in his disappointment, and look forward to helping him celebrate Easter next year.