COARSEGOLD — Bring the family and stop by the new fire station on Glacier Drive for some old fashioned fun in Yosemite Lakes Park on Saturday, July 20 as the community celebrates the addition with an Ice Cream Social.
The gathering takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Madera County Fire Station 10, located at 29453 Glacier Drive in Yosemite Lakes Park (YLP).
“Madera County Fire Station 10 consists of paid call firefighters servicing the County of Madera,” writes Captain Jack Fulcher on the Station 10 page on the YLP homeowners website.
“Station 10 not only protects Yosemite Lakes Park, but we also assist Cal Fire and other Madera County fire stations with their calls.”
We’re talking ice cream cones and cups, sundaes, floats, popcorn and cotton candy and — most importantly — those who attend will get to meet some of our local first responders.
The roughly $46,000 for the new structure was drawn from the station’s accounts, having been built up through local donations, Capt. Fulcher said in a May 2019 YLP Life article. The vehicles, he said, will come from Madera County.
“With a current fourteen PCFs,” he said, “the station is growing by leaps and bounds — in training, equipment [and] response areas, at times [serving] all of Madera County.
For Station 10, “Madera County provides the engines, basic equipment and personal protection as well as hourly compensation for firefighting and mandatory training,” continued Capt. Fulcher. “Donation money helps purchase the Squad 10 rescue vehicle, scene lighting, improved gloves, helmet lights.thermal imaging cameras, swift water rescue gear and Jaws of Life.”
On the YLP website, Captain Fulcher explains that — at any given moment — engines from Station 10 could be answering a public service assist call in Yosemite Lakes Park and next responding to a fire in the city of Madera, or even covering a station in Madera valley. Station 10 engines could also be attached to a strike team, he says, and dispatched out of the county either down south or up north.
“As you can see, Station 10 engines have no boundaries.”
Madera County Fire Station 10 offers two facets to its organization, according to the website: the paid call firefighter program and the Fire Auxiliary program.
“PCFs are trained to respond to emergencies. They receive their training from the Madera County Fire Academy which covers fires of all types, EMS and Hazmat trainings which are required by state and federal regulations.
“Therefore, Madera County Fire Station 10 constantly trains every week, all year long, for continuing education and maintaining our state and federal certifications. Station 10 also participates in community events and public education.”
The Fire Auxiliary is the main support group for Station 10, meeting the second Tuesday of every month.
Additional community fundraising opportunities planned for later this year include the Moonshine Motorcycle run and annual Ladies of the Lakes Rigatoni Diner in September, followed by a new ‘tux and gown’ Firefighters Ball in October.
Come on out to the fire station on Saturday, July 20 for a great day with friends and neighbors for a great cause.