By Jim Alworth

Special to the Times

The Ely Volunteer Fire Department recently held another successful House to House Donation Drive & Business Drive.

City of Ely Fire Chief Ross Rivera said this is something he has been doing for the past 35 years, and notes this event took place years before he came on board with the fire department.

The proceeds of these events are used to purchase training materials, equipment for fire engines and ambulances.

Firefighters and EMTs are also sent to training seminar’s such as auto extrication, rope rescue, fire-fighting techniques and Emergency Medical training through the guidance of two training captains. All of these type of training help to keep the volunteers with the ever changing world of first responder training.

A physical fitness program has recently been introduced for the members and their families to participate in. This program is geared to hopefully prevent the number one cause of death in Volunteer Fire Service, heart attacks.

The EVFD continues to do the National Fire Prevention Week and EMS Week programs in the local preschool and grade schools with the help from the donation drive. The volunteers also award high school scholarships to graduating White Pine County seniors.

Brett North, president of the Volunteer Fire Department, said, “We would like to thank the businesses and citizens of the City of Ely and White Pine County for their support of our Annual House to House Donation Drive and Business Donation Drive, we couldn’t do it without everyone’s support.”

The EVFD currently has 40 members, including men and women, which includes 19 Firefighters, four firefighter/EMTs, nine firefighter/AEMTs, five EMTs and three AEMTs including the four career firefighter/AEMTs and the fire chief.

Within the volunteer ranks there are also six members certified in CPR instruction and seven certified EMS and firefighter instructors.

The City of Ely Fire Department currently has two ambulances for Advanced Life Support, two structural fire engines, a heavy rescue engine and support truck, a wildland engine and a 75-foot aerial ladder truck.

The ladder truck is capable of reaching the top floor of several local hotels, including the new hotel being constructed.

The City of Ely established the volunteer fire department in 1906 and currently allows for a roster of 45 volunteers.

Rivera said, “Volunteers are a huge help to our fire department, they are the majority of our department.”

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the EVFD visit the City of Ely Fire Station located at 1780 Great Basin Blvd., visit with the staff and check out the equipment.

If interested, pick up an application packet for the Ely Volunteer Fire Department.