Ottawa County Health Department, in conjunction with Magruder Hospital and Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department, delivered COVID-19 Booster shots to South Bass Island Residents this morning. There was no charge to receive the inoculation.
Masks were distributed to participants who were not wearing one at the registration desk. The flow from registration to nurse stations was smooth. After a fifteen-minute post-shot waiting period, patients were free to go.
Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department cancels 2020 clambake:
It is with a heavy heart that, after over 40 years of hosting our annual Clambake, Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department has decided to cancel this year’s event. Many factors lead to this decision, but the first and foremost reason is the health and safety of our volunteers and our community.
Please understand that we appreciate your continued support. Our department will miss this event just as much as you.
Put-in-Bay, surrounded by heavy fog on Lake Erie and temperature readings rising to 50°F, witnesses a tactical ice shanty retreat. Visibility is severely reduced, the snow-melt has created large pools of water, and the ice is thinning. Rain in today’s afternoon and evening weather forecast promises more deteriorating conditions. Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department Co-chief Doug Wilhelm monitored the West Shore on a well-equipped all-terrain vehicle.
Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department members and Station Marblehead USCG performed ice rescue training at “A-dock” on Saturday afternoon. The session started at the Fire Station with practice donning the rescue suits and a brief introductory meeting; PVFD times ranged from 35 to 50 seconds. Training then shifted to ice-holes created by the bubblers along the finger piers of “A-dock.” USCG rescue trainers demonstrated proper procedures with a variety of safety equipment as VFD participants pretended to be ice-accident victims.
The Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department has improved its ability to handle emergency situations on South Bass Island. According to firefighter Doug Wilhelm, the department has purchased a brand new thermal imaging camera and installed it on the first line pumper. A 1996 engine has been bought from the Sandusky Fire Department and is receiving equipment upgrades.
PiB VFD has served one pancake breakfast this year, a second is planned for February 19, with additional breakfasts in March and April. A steak roast is also being considered. Revenue from these events goes to new department equipment purchases.