The excitement over the new truck for the Beaver Island Fire Department had an extra day to build when the ferry was not able to run on Friday due to severe weather. Saturday ended up being the "big" day for the arrival of the 2007 Freightliner tanker.
Made by the Danko Emergency Equipment Company of Snyder, Nebraska this truck is equipped with a 23 horse diesel pump which is used to fill the truck or pump water to supply a fire truck. The truck has four 2 1/2" pressurized dischargers and 3 Kwik-Dump valves, a 3000 gallon Fold-a-Tank, one 1 3/4" Crosslay preconnect line and all emergency lighting and sirens. The truck is equipped with a roll deck to carry a 50' rescue ladder.
The purchase of the truck is being made possible by St. James and Peaine Townships as well as an undisclosed amount of money donated by the Fireman's Fund of America, to be determined soon.
Like with any new truck boys, both young and old, had to check it out. Young Reese Johnson, grandson of Don and Nancy Tritsch enjoyed checking out the driver's seat before giving it up to Chief Tim McDonough.
Congratulations to the Beaver Island Fire Department on their new vehicle however, we hope they never have to use it except for parades.
After a warm November where folks were still out golfing at the end of the month, December arrived with lots of snow and wind. We received a call saying that there was a huge boat being towed into the harbor so we made a quick trip to town to check it out. Seeing anything was a challenge as the winter storm was providing total white-out conditions most of the time. Staring into the snow covering the harbor it was difficult to imagine how anyone could see anything. Nothing to be seen from the playground area, nothing from either the ferry dock or the yacht dock, finally down by Beaver Island Marine the snow lifted for a few seconds and Buddy Martin's Shamrock and barge could be seen. We figured that the barge must have caused the confusion into thinking it was a large ship - perhaps staring into heavy snow makes one see things. We proceded to the lighthouse to turn around and just there, off the shore was a big boat... a big Coast Guard ship and a much smaller one off from it. Just a guess but we think that they may have been checking the buoys. Regardless, we decided to head home where it was warm after snapping a few pictures.
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After years of doing the Beaver Island News on the 'Net it's time for me to retire. I simply can't do justice to the island news and to my other jobs. Therefore, the last week in December will end the News on the 'Net as it is. From now through the end of the month I'll do my best to keep you all up to date.