TILTONSVILLE - In 2017, the Tiltonsville Fire Department will celebrate its 100th anniversary.
The department has seen a multitude of changes since its inception in 1917.
Just within the last two years, a lot of positive changes and editions have been made.
TOP:?the members of the 2011 Tiltonsville Fire Department, established in 1917, gather in front of Station 73.
In 2010, the department received a FM?Global Grant for Fire Prevention and Preparedness, along with an American Pipeline Awareness Association (APAA) grant.
This influx of funding afforded Tiltonsville the luxury of purchasing its first laptop, projector and digital camera to aid in training and pre-planning for major incidents.
It also allowed the department to purchase an additional laptop to be utilized in response to HAZ-MAT and other major emergencies.
Also in 2010 the process of creating a new Cadet Corps. Program was begun in order to allow youth of the community to be involved with the fire department and begin the path to becoming an active member.
New turnout gear was purchased for members, including: helmets, jackets, pants, gloves, hoods and boots that meet NFPA standards for structural firefighting gear.
Tiltonsville also combined with the National Volunteer Fire Corps. (NVFC).
The NVFC?is a system where the department can bring in personnel to assist with fundraisers, fire prevention, disaster planning, training, photography and history.
This nationally recognized system will help the department become a wider-based entity to better service the Tiltonsville community.
This year Tiltonsville and Brilliant both were in need of upgrading their rescue equipment and began to discuss what each was looking for.
The plan was to purchase complementary equipment as opposed to identical to further increase to degree of protection each department brings to the table.
Tiltonsville purchased a Kodiak and Cappa Bear Claw Rescue Struts and Brilliant selected a high pressure air bag system.
Both tools can be utilized for auto extractions as well as for structure and heavy equipment stabilization.