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Elsie Area Fire & Rescue Receives Canned Drinking Water
Water donated by Anheuser-Busch through a partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council
in the Photo is Assistant Chief Grinnell, Captain Arnett and the Main Beverage rep.
Elsie Area Fire & Rescue recently received canned emergency drinking water to help provide critical hydration to its responders during this year’s wildfire season. On May 11th 2020. Main Beverage out of Owosso Michigan, a local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler partner, dropped off 3 pallets to the department to help support its wildfire response needs. Maintaining firefighters’ hydration during long incidents or disasters such as wildfires is a major safety concern for many departments.
Elsie Area Fire & Rescue is a part paid department that covers the townships of Duplain township, In Clinton County, Fairfield Township in Shiawassee County, and parts of Chapin Township in Saginaw County. Prior to October of 2018 Elsie Fire only provided fire coverage, but with the closure of the Elsie Area Ambulance Service Elsie Area Fire Department stepped up and placed two Medical First Response Units in service with many firefighters provided duel rolls as Firefighter/ MFR, EMT or Paramedics. Elsie Fire & Rescue took almost 100 fire calls, and almost 300 Medical calls last year.
“Firefighters lose a tremendous amount of fluid during high-intensity response such as battling fire such as wildfires & structure fires. Proper hydration is critical to ensure the safety of our firefighters and to keep them performing at their best,” said Elsie Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Shane Grinnell “Thanks to this water donation from Anheuser-Busch and the National Volunteer Fire Council, we have the resources to keep our firefighters hydrated and ready to respond.”
The water was donated by Anheuser-Busch through a partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). Anheuser-Busch has a longstanding tradition of providing emergency drinking water and supplies for disaster relief efforts. The company periodically pauses beer production each year to can emergency drinking water to be ready to lend a helping hand during natural disasters and other crises.
Building on this commitment, the brewer teamed up with the NVFC – the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, emergency medical, and rescue services – in 2019 to provide emergency drinking water to help firefighters stay hydrated and healthy when responding to wildfires and large incidents. To date, the program has donated over 1.6 million cans of water to volunteer firefighters across the country.
It is the mission of the Elsie Area Fire Department to preserve life and property; promote public safety, and foster community support services in a professional manner.
The members of the Elsie Area Fire Department are:
Prepared for Duty
Serving With Integrity
Responding With Compassion
Committed to Professional Excellence
These statements of core values mean the following to the Elsie Area Fire Department:
Prepared for Duty—means that our members will do everything possible to ensure that our organization is at an optimum state of readiness when called upon to respond at a moment’s notice. Our team members will be properly trained, equipped, supported, and focused on safe immediate response and services.
Serving With Integrity—this relates to how we do business. We acknowledge that truth and trust are the foundations of relationship building and delivery. Our members will work hard every day to maintain the highest professional standards and to earn the public trust through their actions.
Responding With Compassion—our organization is a people-oriented service organization focused on helping those in need. Our members will provide the highest level of fire and emergency services with the utmost compassion and care to anyone in need.
Committed to Professional Excellence—the Elsie Area Fire Department will provide its members with the means, skills, and education to provide outstanding professional services. This organization will achieve this excellence through a commitment to quality, respect for each individual, and a workplace that is free of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
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