A pair of incidents over the weekend demonstrated the value of our volunteer fire service in Lincoln County.
On Saturday afternoon, a motel guest and a firefighter with a garden hose helped prevent an electrical fire at the Pioneer Motel from becoming a full-bore disaster, but more firefighters swarmed the motel minutes later to make certain the building was safe.
On Sunday morning, there was nothing firefighters could do to save a home in Whitefield, but they were able to save an outbuilding just feet away and the animals inside.
The family, meanwhile, credited smoke detectors with saving their lives, and who do you always see handing out smoke detectors or reminding us to change our batteries? That’s right – local firefighters.
The next two weekends offer opportunities to recognize and assist the lifesaving work of the fire service, whether you want to fight fires yourself or simply celebrate the contributions of these brave men and women.
The 54th Maine State Federation of Firefighters Convention will take place in Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor from Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 7-10.
Honor the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks during the memorial service at the Boothbay Region High School athletic field from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday.
A parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. The parade will start at the Boothbay fire station and proceed south into Boothbay Harbor.
Come back Sunday morning for the muster, which will feature friendly competitions between departments.
For a full schedule, find the Maine State Federation of Firefighters on Facebook.
Not content to just watch? Sign up! The Whitefield Fire Department will host an open house at Sheepscot General from 12:30-3 p.m. Sept. 16 and another at the Kings Mills fire station from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 24 – two timely events within a short drive of Sunday’s fire.
And if you don’t live in Whitefield, but want to sign up for your local fire brigade, just call your local fire chief. They’ll be happy to talk to you.