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August was busy for Beverly Shores Fire Department

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The Beverly Shores Fire Department is reporting its busiest month of the year, with a dozen calls for service, nine of them in the Town of Beverly Shores and three of them mutual-aid responses in the towns of Porter and Chesterton.

The calls: a reported drowning at Kemil Beach and one at Porter Beach; two structure fires; two activated fire alarms; lines down; falls; open burn; back pain; fainting; and abnormal behavior.

Through August the BSFD has responded to 52 calls, 34 fire-related and 18 EMS assists. Of those 52 calls, 41 have been in the Town of Beverly Shores and 11 mutual aid in other communities.

Meanwhile, the BSFD is reporting a “very successful” fundraising campaign in July, the proceeds from which will allow the department to replace 10 sets of its oldest turnout gear, at $2,3000 per set. Fully 100 percent of the donations will be used for the new gear. The turnout gear should be delivered in December or January.

The BSFD also expressed its gratitude to the Beverly Shores Town Council for its “outstanding support,” after members approved an expenditure of $11,000 to replace multiple unit heaters in the engine bays and the furnace for the fire house’s meeting room. The Town Council approved as well an expenditure of $2,100 for the materials to rebuild the fire house’s two restrooms. Firefighters Meyer and Smith are donating their skills and labor for the rebuild.

“We are always looking for new members,” the BSFD said. “If you have firefighting credentials, we can fast-track your membership and quickly get you responding. If you have the desire to be a firefighter but lack the credentials, you can still join the BSFD and we will get you into the next class at the fire academy.”

For more information on joining, contact Firefighter Steve Meyer at (219) 789-8974.


Posted 9/9/2020




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