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Nothing Like a Big Brother

June 5, 2013

Harvey's never been taller!

Harvey’s never been taller!

The Sedgwick County Fire Lieutenant and Firefighter rolled into St. John around 3:30 pm this afternoon. It was the biggest, most impressive emergency vehicle you ever laid your eyes upon. A cool $775,000 was the price tag (truck plus equipment). And it was one of the smartest purchases the old government ever allowed us to make.

Let me explain.

There’s a grouping of county names printed on each side of the vehicle. I don’t want to jump to the conclusion that Chief Curmode came up with that idea, but who ever did “it was a Jim Dandy.” It draws the arrow of attention straight to the whole point of the vehicle – “To share an expensive, specialized, staffed resource.”

photo (34)Stafford County and many other sparsely populated counties included on the side of the vehicle cannot justify expending big dollars on specialized equipment and specialized training for hazardous material response – out of their own pockets or via grant funds.

We smaller folks simply need to train on the proper steps to take while awaiting the arrival of the specialized equipment and crews. And, they assured us that we will stay in Command of the incident – just with their assistance.

It simply doesn’t get any better than that.

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  1. June 5, 2013 6:10 am

    Chief Moody,
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all you do for the community. Many remember the turmoil in the EMS and Fire prior to your coming here. You have quietly and without fanfare created for the citizens of Stafford County a service of unmatched quality.
    I am sure most folks would agree with me on this point but I believe that at the same time the vast majority would not realize that the burden on the taxpayers is zero. Once again so it sinks in- No County Mil Levy!
    It has been my great privilege to observe the stability and growth that has occurred since you went to work for the citizens here. Your tireless devotion to the safety and wellbeing of the community has shown in the increased level of care available and also in the development of the lives of your personnel.
    Like small town everywhere, when I hear a siren we listen and wonder where you are going and who you are going to. Seldom do we focus on those rendering the care as much as who is receiving it.
    To You and your Staff I wish to express my gratitude for all you do. We are lucky to have people like you in our world.

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