first responders have a variety of EMS equipment. Our members are
certified from the level of first responder up to paramedic certification.
Although we do have a paramedic, we carry very few drugs. The Texas
Dept. of Health requires departments to have 24/7 (hour/day) manned
stations with MICU (Mobile Intensive Care Unit) Ambulances to carry
most drugs, Schedule IV Narcotics ( such as Valium & Morphine)
must be carried under lock and key at all times. For the reason we
are not a full time manned station, we cannot carry most drugs. However,
we do train all members in CPR and use of the Automated External
Defibrillator for patients in cardiac arrest. Once a patient has
been down for 4-6 minutes in cardiac arrest, biological death begins.
At this point, if we are lucky enough to get a patient back, they
often live with brain damage or in a vegetative state. Considering
the County EMS MICU takes 10-20 minutes to arrive, depending on what
part of our district you live in, it is a necessity that the volunteers
respond immediately to keep our patient's tissue cells perfused through
CPR and the use of the AED until the County MICU can arrive and provide
advanced life support, should we not have the drugs needed to resuscitate
We also carry a variety of oxygen equipment, glucose for diabetic
emergencies, bandaging and splinting supplies for cut and fractures
and other EMS equipment.
Engine-13 (Christened "The Judge")is a triple combination
pumper that carries a full arsenal of Supply and attack hoses, appliances
and nozzles, full compliment of ladders, extinguishers, Self-Contained
Breathing Apparatus and all the equipment needed to fight any type
of fire. Tanker 13 is probably the largest capacity tanker in this area. It is commonly called to aid all other fire departments in Hopkins County and surrounding communities to fight structural and grass fires because of its ability to supply large voulmes of water (key to rural fire fighting) at sufficient pressure suitable for large fires. It also is our first out unit on EMS calls, carrying our
full array of EMS equipment. We also carry the Jaws-of-Life on the
Engine. This equipment and the EMS equipment make it perfect for
MVA calls. It has an on board Diesel Generator that provides enough
lighting to light a ball field (little bit of a stretch there). It
can provide foam capabilities for post fire incidents during overhaul,
has a variety of tools and equipment for forceable entry, removing
downed limbs in roadways and a large variety of other service capabilities.
Tanker-13 (Christened "The Executioner") Is a 2009 Peterbilt
3000 gallon Tanker (Tender). It carries 3000 gallons of water and
is the envy of the other county departments. It has a 3500 gallon
portable Tank that is off loaded and filled to provide Engine-13
a supply of water for structure fires, and Booster-13 & Brush-13
multiple fills during large grass fires. It also has a 750 gallon
pump along with attack and supply hose, appliances & nozzles,
to provide a second means of attacking a structure fire, should Engine-13
require the extra lines or should it be out on another call.
It is often called to mutual aide other departments as far as Commerce
during large fires (see August Incidents pictures)
Booster-13 This vehicle is somewhat of a quick response apparatus.
It is used to fight grass and other varieties of small fires. It
also carries a second set of EMS equipment. This is for getting into
places where we have EMS calls that Engine-13 cannot get into or
roads it cannot travel down in inclement weather.
Brush-13 (Christened "The Beast") This piece of apparatus
should have been retired decades ago. The reason we continue to put
money into it is because it is literally "a Beast". It
is used for grass fires. It may be ugly, but I only know of once
where it got stuck at a grass fire and has pulled up to 3 other
units that were sunk into mud during grass fire operations by hooking
them all together with chains. It is a piece of equipment that
continues to outwork all other units in the area and it has a definitive
reputation of being the hard hitter when it comes to grass fires
among the area firefighters.