When the tones drop in the Wheatfield, Indiana area, the Wheatfield Volunteer Fire Department is there, ready to serve at any time. Whether it’s a fire, medical emergency, or assisting with a car accident, WVFD constantly puts their lives on the line to ensure the safety and well-being of their community.
However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wheatfield Fire is now not only putting their lives at risk for the visible dangers, but also the invisible.
“WVFD assists Wheatfield EMS whenever they need additional manpower. These types of assist EMS calls can especially bring about an unknown exposure to COVID-19 at any given time,” explained Wheatfield Volunteer Fire Department Lieutenant and President David Myers.
As many know, the COVID-19 pandemic was not something that a lot of organizations were already prepared to deal with. The Wheatfield Volunteer Fire Department had some PPE onboard, but not anything near what they needed.
“Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our Department had a limited supply of the PPE needed to safeguard our firefighters from the virus. We did have some onboard our apparatus should the rare occasion arise that we needed to put it on. However, masks, face shields, and the immediate use of hand sanitizer during and after a call was not a part of our protocols,” said Myers.
At a lack of all of the necessary PPE, Myers knew that he would have to find a way to
WHITE COUNTY UNITED WAY’S COMMUNITY RELIEF EFFORTS ENTER RECOVERY PHASE, CONTINUE TO ASSIST LOCAL NONPROFITS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
MONTICELLO, IN - Local nonprofits in White, Jasper, and Pulaski counties are still receiving assistance through the White County United Way Community Relief Fund. The recipients for the month of September include Medaryville Nursery School, St. Augustine School, and the Wheatfield Fire Department.
Medaryville Nursery School received funding to allow them to increase distancing among children, which could later include more children.
St. Augustine School in Rensselaer received assistance so they can enhance distancing and improve distanced instruction.
Wheatfield Fire Department acquired funding to allow them to continue to assist local EMT professionals with necessary equipment they would not typically need outside of a pandemic.
The White County United Way’s Community Relief Fund has been able to meet the immediate needs of nonprofits in White, Pulaski, and Jasper counties that have been the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, the total funding dispersed to these organizations comes to $62,960.00.
The United Way is now directing its focus to how it can help strengthen