HIGHLAND-PIERRON FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE DOG
Highland-Pierron Firefighters were called Monday, at 4:52 p.m., to rescue a dog in a pond at a residence on Final Drive. According to Fire Chief Steve Plocher, the owner was home alone and unable to get the Sheltie from the frozen pond. Firefighters used a boat on the property to break the ice and rescue the dog. The owner was very grateful and took the dog inside to dry off and warm up. There were no injuries and the dog seemed to be fine. Firefighters were on the scene about half an hour.
MULBERRY GROVE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS NEW EQUIPMENT
The Mulberry Grove Fire Department has a new piece of rescue equipment. According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, late last fall, the department acquired a grain bin rescue tube. Fire Department Officers Jay and John Greenwood are responsible for securing this new piece of equipment and have since received a 6’ x 12’ trailer in which to house the new rescue tube along with all needed equipment such as shovels, ropes, special harnesses, and a vacuum system. Dwight said to date, all equipment and the trailer has been purchased with donated funds. The tube breaks down into four pieces to easily get it into a grain bin where it is placed around the trapped person, fastened together, and the grain sucked out allowing the person to climb out. Area training is planned for the near future and once fully operational, the rescue tube, trailer, and all included equipment will be available to regional fire units.