Wintergreen Fire Department Burns The Note & Says Thank You!

™©2012 Nelson County Life : Photos By NCL Mountain Photographer Paul Purpura : Wintergreen Fire Chief Curtis Sheets sets fire to the loan note after the final $50,000 payment was made on the department's $760,000 ladder truck this past Saturday afternoon.

Nellysford / Stoney Creek
Nelson County, VA

In just under four years Wintergreen Fire Department has done the unthinkable. They have paid off their new $760,000 ladder truck just short of 4 years. During a brief ceremony, where NCL Publisher Tommy Stafford was emcee, WFD Chief Curtis Sheets torched the note after passing off the final $50,000 payment to Nelson BOS of Connie Brennan. Nelson County loaned the department a portion of money toward the purchase of the new fire truck. “This truck allows two major things which we couldn’t do before. First, we can get to steep roof pitches to ventilate fires and/or check for extensions. Second, we can quickly set the truck and use the remote controlled nozzle to lob water on a fire from the platform 100′ above us. With our limited manpower, this is huge,” said WFD Chief Sheets

The sign hanging from the partially extended ladder of the fire truck says it all.
(L) WFD Treasurer Karen Asher along with WFD President John Harrington (R) pass off the final $50,000 payment to Nelson Board of Supervisor Connie Brennan representing the county's central district.
(L to R) BOS Connie Brennan, WFD Chief Curtis Sheets, NCL Publisher Tommy Stafford, and Wintergreen Property Owner Association Director Russell Otis look on just before Chief Sheets torches the note.
The celebration coincided with WFD's Community Appreciation Day where lots of food, demonstrations, and displays were on hand.
Lovingston Fire Department held a demonstration in front of WFD showing how to remove the top from a vehicle and extricate someone after a car crash.
Kids got a chance to check out some of the fire and rescue equipment on hand.
Several medivac helicopters were on hand as part of the day. Including this one landing from PHI in Weyer's Cave.
The Virginia State Police were on hand with demonstrations too. Here showing off a remote controlled device used in bomb detection and inspections.

Congrats WFD and thanks for a fantastic afternoon!


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