May is finally here and I just love these beautiful spring days, don't you? I hope everyone had a Happy Easter Celebration. I must share with you that Fireman Joe spent four days in the hospital with some cardiac issues, making it necessary for me to have a pacemaker implanted. I am happy to tell you all is well, and I feel good and anxious to return to my duties at FDBD. THANK YOU all for your kind expressions of prayers, thoughts and good wishes; I was overwhelmed by the kind messages, cards and calls I received. Special thanks to my friends from Lincoln Elementary who sent me beautiful cards and notes for my recovery. That sure makes this Ole Fire Dog feel extra special.
At FDBD we are all very excited awaiting the arrival of Truck # 210. It will be a marvelous piece of equipment to better serve our good citizens of Bellevue and Dayton. I have seen the photos as it was being built and you are all going to feel a lot safer with this wonderful new addition to our Department.
I would like to mention briefly, everyone has been following the news and reports of drug-related incidents in our communities. Our EMS staff has been overwhelmed with these responses, which I find extremely disturbing. We must all support efforts to promote treatment options to those affected by the drug epidemic and support all programs to bring an end to this horrible situation.
I think Mother Nature has been somewhat kind so far, but we all know with spring and early summer come quick pop up storms which can be severe with heavy lightning, wind and rain. Be on guard, follow your weather alert notices and take appropriate action. One of my key concerns is that you never drive through a flooded roadway, especially with running water. You just can't believe the power of moving water, as it is very capable of lifting your car right off the road or even worse, the total submerging in water.
One last comment…..If your yard is like mine, the grass seems to grow higher even though you are cutting weekly. Be sure to keep your fuel supplies in safe approved containers, stored in a shed and away from any heat sources. Use caution when refueling a hot mower and it is always a good idea to make sure the kids are in a safe place while you mow. Enjoy spring and stay safe….until next time, GOD BLESS!
About Fireman Joe
Lieutenant Joe Stambush is a 48 year veteran in the industry of Fire/EMS, while serving with the Campbell County, Erlanger, Point Pleasant and Bromley Fire Departments.