Untitled-3Tom Miller, through his association with the WVSFA and the NVFC is working with the NVFC to obtain much needed equipment for those departments affected by the recent flooding.
If you are a department that has been impacted by the recent events, please get an itemized list of all operational gear lost and submit it to tomfirerescue@msn.com
There is no guarantee that any equipment will be obtained, but this is a first-step that we hope will somewhat help.
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From: Thomas Miller <tomfirerescue@msn.com>
Date: Sun, Jun 26, 2016 at 9:25 AM
Subject: WV Flooding

Mr. Chairman,
As you may have seen on the news, on 06/23 – 06/24/2016 West Virginia was hit with some of the worst flooding in over 100 years.  The current death toll is currently at 24 and there are still many missing and unaccounted for.
Per our call of this morning, I am asking for the NVFC’s help in obtaining equipment to restore operational capacity to fire departments that were wiped out in the disaster.  We are in need of bunker gear (as flood water contains fecal coliform bacteria and other pathogens) because there is no guarantee that it can be salvaged.  Most departments were able to save their apparatus but Clay County did lose at least one (1) ambulance.  I have received request for portable equipment such as fans, portable pumps, chainsaws, etc.  There were literally, burning houses floating down the rivers – see: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=house+floating+down+the+river+on+fire&view=detail&mid=B0AC9FA10005F4C4FC49B0AC9FA10005F4C4FC49&FORM=VIRE.  As with any disaster, there are stories behind the scenes – like a 911 dispatcher who lost his uncle because there was no one left to send to get him out…and the dispatcher stayed at his post doing his duty.
Fire departments and other agencies are still in the process of searching for the missing and doing damage assessments.  I will get you specific information on specific departments as soon as it is available.  Right now, I know that the Clendenin VFD, the Rainelle VFD, and the Richwood VFD are in need of assistance as water got in their stations.  We would appreciate any and/or all help that can be provided by the NVFC and its member organizations.
Per our conversation, I will work on getting the logistical details put together and provide those to you as soon as they are available.
Please keep West Virginia and its first responders in your prayers.
Tom
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