By: Jacob Kessler
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
The Metamora Fire Department continues to provide its local area with fire suppression and fire prevention services.
So far for this year, the department has seen double the number of calls for fires but has seen EMS calls drop by one-third when comparing numbers from the same time last year.
The Metamora Fire Department has been a combination department for some time now. This means that the department is made up of both volunteer and career members, who work together to service Amboy Township and the Village of Metamora.
More members are always appreciated, especially when it comes to experienced, qualified, professional, and caring staff members.
Chief Jessica Geer explained that they are currently looking for more personnel today. “We are looking for dual carded individuals (personnel with both fire and EMS certifications) to add to our roster.
Chief Geer also explained that several changes have taken place over the past year. “We have started renovations to our fire house living space, including a flooring upgrade and a fresh coat of paint.”
“We have added lockers for our turnout gear, a garden, and a workout space. Our firehouse has hosted an EMT Basic and Intermediate class of which has been successful in graduating several new EMT’s for the county and surrounding areas with competent passing of their National Registry exam.”
Chief Geer also explained that there are plans to expand the department’s reach out in the community as much as possible over this next year, in order to educate people on fire prevention and fire safety in both a residential and industrial setting.
When asked what sets the Metamora Department apart, Chief Geer stated the following. “We are blessed to have a caring and competent staff to cover your calls for service day or night; and several retired members and auxiliary members that come to our aide after long calls and provide us with food, beverages, and fellowship. For that we are forever grateful.”
“During the past year, we have witnessed and assisted when our community members suffered a great loss.”
“Our community is forever changed by these losses and our station has become closer as a family as a result of this adversity.”
Chief Geer also explained what the fire service means to her. “The fire station is a brotherhood/sisterhood like no other profession. Being a part of the firehouse, has given me lifelong friendships and extended family members that are irreplaceable; and memories that are unforgettable.”
“I am blessed beyond words for the privilege to work alongside some of the best in the business and to be their leader is just the icing on the cake.”
Amboy Township has a levy on the ballot this November and Chief Geer explained that the department would appreciate everyone’s continued support.
“Your vote will allow us to continue to provide the best fire and EMS service that Fulton County has available.”
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