Welcome to Marion Township Fire Department Inc.
We made it through the dog days of August. Busy month for Marion Twp Fire. So far in 2021 August has been the busiest month this year with 67 calls. 53 of those were medical calls. The number of Covid cases continue to rise, but the numbers of deaths are not increasing as rapidly as the positive numbers. If we have to find a bright side I guess that would be it. With that I have inquired to the Health Dept, EMA and Hospitals about the BinaxNOW rapid tests that can be purchased at drug stores. In the beginning we were told they were no good, do not use those results as factual because they give to many false negatives. Not long ago there was a story in the news that Dr. Box from the State Health dept. wants to get the BinaxNOW rapid tests in the schools to assist them in keeping kids that test negative with this rapid test in school. Now, according to Health care officials in Lawrence county these tests are accurate and should be, and are being used by many of the long term care facilities and hospitals. Part of the ever changing twists and turns with this virus. Please remember to test on Day 5, 6 or 7 after your exposure and/or symptoms. 6 drops of the fluid they give you into the test card, insert the swab 3/4 of an inch into the nostril and spin around inside your nose for 15 seconds, repeat in the other nostril for 15 seconds, insert swab into card and wait 15 minutes for your results. If you test positive please report that to the health dept.
We have had a lot of rain and more to come. The ground is full and can't hold much more, flooding is going to be an issue. Please remember to not drive thru flood water, it is extremely dangerous... for you and for us. We have already had 1 vehicle in the water at the end of August we're hoping we don't have any more.
With everything going on in the world right now, the pandemic, the continued fight between political parties, the vaccinated/ unvaccinated debate and mandates, the fall of Afghanistan, the 20th anniversary of 9/11 this month. Lets just say, it's a lot to take in. Remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Turn off the TV and the news for a bit, walk around outside, do some yard work, check on your neighbors, especially your elderly neighbors, let them know you are there if they need anything. Human interaction is in short supply these days and we are not designed for isolation. Basically we are pack animals and depend on the herd for our well being and mental health. I'm old enough to remember when I knew everybody that lived on my block by name and we helped each other whenever needed. If there is something good that can come from all of this hopefully its that this pandemic will bring us back to those times. Neighbors helping neighbors is exactly what the Volunteer Fire Service is about and how it got started in the first place. Your neighbor with the blue light that tears out of their driveway at 3 in the morning is going to go help somebody else's neighbor for no pay, no thank you's and some of it as an out of pocket expense to themselves to be able to serve. As Kurt Vonnegut wrote; "I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine". One only needs to see the pictures of the Firefighters in New York driving into the World Trade Center to see the weight of the words of Vonnegut so many years ago.
Please pause on the 11th and remember the Firefighters, Police Officers, EMS workers and civilians that perished on 9/11. The children that are to young to remember, or not born yet, explain to them how you felt that day and how this country put aside it's petty differences for awhile to unite as Americans in the face of the attacks.
Also, please pause today to remember the 13 service members that were killed in Afghanistan during the withdrawal, and all the service members that are in harms way. Take time to thank active personnel as well as our vets that have returned from all wars past and present. We thank you for your service.
Lets all be careful out there.
Paul D. Gillespie
Marion Twp. Fire Dept.