Local Emergency Services in Spotlight

Local Emergency Services in Spotlight

Acting Danville Fire Chief Don McMasters says there are normally 14 firefighters who initially respond to fires….

{‘’Whether it is an 800 square foot residential structure, or a 10,000 square foot factory, or a 6-story housing development with older people or people with disabilities in it.  And I have to coordinate the tasks based on which one of those type of structures it is with the same amount of people,’’ said McMasters.}

Chief McMasters discussed the Fire Department operations on WDAN Radio’s Newsmakers program Monday and Danville Police Chief Chris Yates discussed that department’s operations.   Chief Yates said teamwork is crucial…especially at times when the Police ERU – (Emergency Response Unit) – is involved….

{‘’You know, ultimately we’re there for the public because that’s why we’re there in the first place,’’ said Yates. ‘’But, you’ll do different things because that you know that if you don’t it could put someone else at risk that’s on your team.  And someone that you care about and you care about their family.  And so, it’s that mentality. It’s that brotherhood and sisterhood of ‘I’ve got your back’.’’}

The program is focusing this week on local emergency services as the 18th anniversary of the 9-11 attack on America is observed on Wednesday.

You can hear the entire program by going to Vermilion County First on Demand on the homepage of VermilionCountyFirst.com.

Other programs this week at 7:30 a.m. on WDAN 1490am Radio will feature a police officer and firefighter on Tuesday (September 10th, 2019). Some family members of emergency personnel will be guests on Wednesday’s program.  Thursday the guests will be from local ambulance and EMS services, and on Friday, September 13th, the show will focus on Emergency Department and local Emergency Medical Services.  Linda Bolton hosts the program each weekday morning on WDAN.

[Chief Yates is on the left in the photo, and Acting Chief McMasters is on the right.]