By Ray Pauley
Public Information Officer, Grand Island Fire Co.
On Saturday, Oct. 3, Grand Island Fire Co. firefighters, medics, emergency medical technicians, and cadets reported to fire headquarters for their 2015 state of readiness inspection by Fire Chief Matt Osinski.
Despite a workload of 1,265 emergency responses to date, the individual members of the GIFC have never faltered in fulfilling their sworn community protection duties, Osinski pointed out. They are the "heart and soul" of this fine organization, he stressed.
Grand Island Town Supervisor Mary Cooke also expressed the heartfelt gratitude of town officials and residents for the exceptional firefighting and EMS services provided. She also noted that the fire company has set the tone for improved lifesaving techniques. A previous successful cardiac resuscitation at Masters Field on the campus of Grand Island High School vividly demonstrated the critical value of CPR and AED usage to educators and others alike.
Thanks again for the 24/7 readiness of GIFC volunteers, those highly trained professionals who have never let us down.
Grand Island Fire Company membership assembled in uniform for the 2015 inspection Oct. 3. (Photo by Karen DeMartin)