All across the state of Maine and throughout our country, parades are held as a part of the annual celebrations of the Fourth of July. No parade is complete without the participation of fire engines and firefighters. Many of us in Hancock County last week cheered from the sidewalks lining local parade routes as those iconic symbols of one of the most caring groups in our communities rolled by. We never cease to be amazed by the gleaming appearance of fire engines, the sounds of their bells and sirens and the sight of their flashing lights. As children, many of us had the chance to take a field trip to the local fire department. We may have even had one of the town’s fire engines and a firefighter or two arrive outside our elementary school in observance of Fire Safety Week/Month. What we learned that day was eagerly and dutifully reported to our families as to what we needed to do in our house and in the community to make us all safer.
Local fire departments receive their financial support from the towns they represent. Donations by individuals and fundraising events such as suppers and auctions sponsored by many local fire departments help to provide additional funds. These financial resources provide the revenue needed to purchase equipment and supplies and to provide the men and women volunteers with the necessary training to respond to the 911 requests for assistance with great proficiency.
Respond well they did, when the call came into the dispatcher the early evening of July 6 that the house at 36 Falcon Lane in Lamoine’s Eagle Point development was in flames. Within minutes equipment and firefighters from the Lamoine Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene. They were joined over the course of the evening and early morning hours by fire departments from the towns of Bar Harbor, Eastbrook, Ellsworth, Franklin, Gouldsboro, Hancock, Orland, Sorrento, Sullivan, Surry, Trenton and Winter Harbor to combat the challenging task of extinguishing a fire that appears to have been started as the result of a lightning strike.
Our gratitude for our town of Lamoine’s Volunteer Fire Department led by Chief “Skip” Smith and Assistant Chief Stu Marckoon, for those others listed as coming to the scene, and for those standing ready to come if more help was needed, has been greatly elevated. We are also very appreciative of the behind the scenes steps taken by the dispatchers to ensure that enough coverage was in place for the rest of Hancock County.
Please join the Eagle Point Association in reaching out to thank all those men and women who stand ready as members of a fire department to protect your community, its residents and its visitors.
President, Eagle Point Association