Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company Sketchbook

March 15, 1992|By John Camejo

The following drawings were produced after a Saturday night visit tothe Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company. There were no calls to the station that night, which is a good thing, since it means that no Bel Air area residents needed assistance from the fire company or ambulance crew. But, as an outsider looking for some serious action to draw, it was a little disappointing.

On the other hand, I met some solid citizens of the community, who give up their time to help residents of Bel Air during times of emergency.

I learned that the fire company was organized in September 1890 and that the station serves 40,000 people.

More than 150 volunteers, from all walks of life, make up the company. All emergency personnel receive more than 110 hours of training to earn their state certificates. Paramedics receive an additional 400 to 600 hours of training.

Last year, fire personnel responded to 1,041 calls, while the members that work on the ambulances responded to 2,306 calls.

The company has three ambulance units, all equipped with cardiac life support equipment. It also has a ladder truck, pumpers, a field fire unit, one air cascade van and a command unit.

Again, we must thank thesemen and women who volunteer so much of their time and whose only reward is knowing that they've helped people in need.

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