As 2017 has come to a close and we look forward to another year, Coble Fire Department is grateful for the achievements made in 2017 and thankful for the generous support from community members and other organizations as we embarked on this monumental task of building a local fire department.
On January 7th, 2017, a group of residents in the Coble community met to discuss the process of establishing a fire department. Fifteen residents volunteered to begin the department, and the community and county supported our endeavor.
In June, our proposal to start the Coble Fire Department went before the county commissioners, and we received both support and a passing vote. Then the real work began.
Earlier in the year, ten of our department members attended an Emergency Medical Responder class at the Hickman EOC, making twelve out of our fifteen members certified to provide pre-hospital medical care.
In July, we scheduled regular fire department meetings and training twice a month and began prepping our members to become competent firefighters. We set up a 501(c)3, filed with the state, and got approval from the fire marshal’s office to respond to emergencies in Coble.
In August, we began receiving donations from the community and used this money to purchase radios, medical supplies, and pay legal fees for processing all the paperwork required to file with the state. Hickman EMA also donated an SUV that we have since outfitted as a rescue vehicle, using it primarily for medical calls in Coble. We respond to medical calls and provide life saving care until the ambulance arrives, and then we continue to assist until they transport. Our rescue unit is outfitted with an AED, trauma supplies, basic airway management tools, oxygen and more. Along with our regular monthly training, August training also included a landing zone class taught by AirEvac.
September was a busy month. Pegram Fire Department donated a truck bed full of turnout gear that was no longer being used. Stanley Black and Decker, the parent company of DeWalt Tools, donated a pallet full of tools to be used for special rescue and extrication. James Wessel, of Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus in Alabama, offered to lease us our first fire engine at no cost for the first year. Four of our members drove down to Alabama to pick up and drive the 1982 Ford E-One Pumper back to Coble. A local citizen leased his barn to us at no cost for our first fire station, and we began the process of finishing it out to house our trucks and equipment.
October’s first fire department meeting was spent issuing turnout gear to our members and instructing them on the safe and effective use of this protective gear. Shady Grove Fire Department donated several sections of fire hose and some hand tools which helped us further outfit our fire engine. We also hosted an Intro to Firefighting class as the first step in formal firefighter training for our inexperienced members. The Hickman County Health Foundation granted us a donation with which we were able to purchase fire hose, fire nozzles, fire hoods, boots, gloves, hand tools, SCBA air-packs, a ventilation fan, and driveway grading for our fire station.
In November, we received multiple donations from members of the community and proceeded to finish out our fire station. We contacted Summertown Metals with our supply list, and they not only provided a great price for the materials but completely donated half of the materials to us. A couple of our officers attended the Fire Chiefs orientation at the state fire academy in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, and the following week several members of Coble Fire attended a search and rescue class taught by TEMA and hosted by Hickman EMA here in Hickman County.
December found us driving our fire truck in the Centerville Christmas Parade. We also continued to work on the fire station and push forward with training, despite the freezing temperatures.
Through the remainder of this year, Coble Fire is set to start a Basic Firefighting class for some of our members, and we will also be sending them to the state fire academy to complete the live burn portion of their training in the spring. Our goals for this year also include purchasing our own fire engine, and establishing a good working relationship with the other fire departments around us so we can be efficient in our emergency response in the community.
We are extremely grateful for all the support and assistance we have been given by individuals, organizations, and fellow fire departments. We have had a great first year in 2017 and look forward to making even more progress in 2018. If you don’t already, be sure to follow us on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/coblefire ) or Instagram ( www.instagram.com/coblefd/ ) or check out our website ( coblefire.org ) to keep up with our progress. As a non-profit fire department, we rely solely on donations, and that is what allows us to operate on a daily basis and respond to emergencies. Please consider a donation to help us continue the work we have begun and allow us to provide the best possible emergency response in Coble and surrounding areas. You can donate on our website (coblefire.org) by clicking on the donate button in the side bar or you can simply mail a check to:
Coble Fire Department
P.O. Box 21
Centerville, TN 37033
Thank you for your support, and we wish you the best in the new year. God bless!
-Coble Fire Department