Many Local Heroes Still Work on Memorial Day


POSTED: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 7:42am

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 7:52am

EDINBURG - Most people are taking Memorial Day to remember the men and women, past and present, that work hard to protect our country everyday. The Edinburg Fire Department is doing the same, but they are remembering those heroes as they keep the Upper Valley safe from harm.

"Today is Memorial day and obviously there are a lot of people around the community, celebrating today and also remembering our fallen heroes that have served and protect our freedoms that we relish in every day, but for many of us, especially here at the Edinburg fire department life goes on as normal," said Jason Delattre, Edinburg Fire Fighter.

They started their morning responding to a small vehicle fire in the City of Edinburg. But luckily, the flames were already gone by the time they go to the car. 

After this call, fire fighters went to station four to check inventory. Each day they visit a different station to make sure all equipment is up to par.

"And we went through the complete inventory on all the equipment, on all the trucks. Checking from air-packs down to hand-tools. We also got an opportunity to pull out our 105-foot aerial platform, which we try to operate any chance we get to make sure it is still functioning," said Delattre

Making sure everything is working from the biggest piece of equipment to the smallest is vital.

"We are as prepared as our equipment to respond to any emergency that happens in the city of Edinburg or the rural response area that we cover. And the only way we can assure an effective response to that operation is to make sure our equipment is up to par," said Delattre.

Luckily, this Memorial Day was fairly quite, but this fire department wants to make sure the public is still aware that there is a county-wide burn ban.

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