Huletts busy replacing equipment

DSC_0013What a difference two years can make.

In the past two years, the Huletts Landing Volunteer Fire Company has replaced and updated its entire fleet of fire fighting apparatus.

Last summer, the all-volunteer organization purchased a pump truck from its counterparts in Brant Lake.

The four-wheel drive truck has a front pumper and is the third truck the company has replaced in the last two years.

The previous trucks had served the community well, but each were a few decades old, and were beginning to show their age. The company now boosts two trucks with less than two decades of service time and a third that isn’t much older.

“We are very proud of the equipment and thankful for the donations we’ve received from the community that made it possible for us to get these trucks,” said Chief Jay Vander Plaat. “The equipment gives the guys added reason to come out.”

The trucks enable the company to carry and pump well over 3,000 gallons of water, which is hugely important in a community that doesn’t have fire hydrants from which to draw water.

“Our primary purpose is to secure water so when Whitehall and Dresden arrive the water is here and ready for them to use,” Vander Plaat said.

In addition to the truck, the company also received some turnout gear from the Brant Lake department and upgraded several hundred feet of water hose.

Fortunately for members of the community, the company has not had many reasons to use the trucks.

“The last major fire in Huletts Landing was 15 years ago,” Vander Plaat said. “Most of the things we respond to are electric lines that come down because of a storm and medical calls during the summer.”

Vander Platt praised member Judy Smith, who has been attending an EMT course, which will allow the company to do more than just stabilize patients who have medical problems.

“For us to have a member of the community commit to a six-month, 200-hour course to provide emergency medical services to people in the community is a tremendous commitment by one of our members,” Vander Plaat said. “We are very proud of Judy.”

Much like the population of the community they protect, membership fluctuates with the season. The company has more than 20 active members in the summer, but that dwindles to just a few in the winter.

The company could use a few younger members, but Vander Plaat said he is very happy with the dedication of the members the company has.

“They’re bunch of really good guys and are really devoted to helping their neighbors,” he said. “We all enjoy it and have a good time.”

Members typically meet on the second Tuesday of each month and hold training sessions on an almost weekly basis. To learn more about the company and what they do, stop by the firehouse on a Tuesday evening.

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