Chief: Support is appreciated

To the editor:

In the early hours of last Sunday, the Wellington fire district was called to the old Wagner/POV building for a working structure fire.

The fire was quite large, and out of control upon our arrival. Crews were faced with the danger of losing several exposures due to the intense heat and floating embers. Firefighters went to work, and with the help of three additional box alarms and 16 neighboring departments, were able to contain the fire to the building of origin with minimal heat damage to surrounding exposures.

I would first like to thank our firefighters for their quick actions and hard work under the intense conditions. They did a great job and should be commended! Secondly, our mutual aid crews arrived and went right to work, making a huge difference in the final outcome. The county has a tremendous mutual aid system, allowing departments to be always ready to respond and help out when needed.

Third, I must commend the South Lorain County Ambulance District for maintaining the firefighter health and rehab station, the Wellington police and police auxiliary for crowd control and providing routes in and out of the downtown area for fire apparatus, and our village’s public works, water and electrical departments for their hard work. It takes and entire village working together to succeed in times of emergencies!

Finally and foremost, the outpouring of food and drinks for the firefighters provided by our area businesses and citizens are always appreciated more than you will know! Last Sunday was a prime example of an entire community coming together and working as a team to accomplish a common goal. I am humbled to be your fire chief and will always be proud to call Wellington my home.

Mike Wetherbee

Fire Chief