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Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad is the second department in the area to share equipment with folks in Alabama
Falmouth Rescue Squad and Fire Department (Company 1) members work with equipment that was given away.
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Wiley is about 15 miles from Tuscaloosa and has two coal mines and gas wells, as well as log trucks that are part of the timber industry. After explosions in the mines or wrecks with these big vehicles, people are trapped, and extrication tools are needed, Wilson said.
Sullivan had some members from Falmouth Volunteer Fire Department test the tools this week, and he said they worked perfectly. The firefighters used the system on a car donated by Sullivan's Towing and Recovery in Stafford County.
Sullivan and the Colonial Beach squad are looking for financial help to deliver the tools to Alabama. Melson estimates the gas and hotels will cost about $1,200.
Donations can be sent to the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va., 22443. Attn: Pat FitzGerald.
Bill Schumm, who posts items about fire and rescue departments on his website, firegeezer.com, said the story should be an inspiration to others. Often, departments donates old pumpers and used running gear to Central and South America.
"Let this story be a reminder to you that we have many fire departments right here in the USA that need our help, too," Schumm wrote. "Keep them on your list."
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The Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad gave the Colonial Beach Police Department its former ambulance, which the police will use for evidence recovery, warrant executions and traffic details.
"The four-wheel drive capability will be so helpful during floods or heavy snow," said Police Chief Kenneth Blevins Sr. "This is another example of different local agencies working together to make things better for the community."
The police department's new mobile assistance unit is a 1996 Ford E350.
Shown here are (from left) CBPD Officer Edward Moss, CBPD Chief Kenneth Blevins Sr., Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad's Rescue Chief Wesley Melson and CBPD Lt. Kenneth Blevins Jr.