VVFD re-elects officers; has 125 calls in ’07

Merle Adermann, who has served as chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department for more than 15 years, was re-elected to that post at the departments annual meeting last week.

Adermann, who has been a member of the department for 33 years, was first elected chief in October 1992.

The other officers of the department were also re-elected last Wednesday, including First Assistant Chief Ed Taylor and Second Assistant Chief Keith Meadows.

Also retained were: Steve Stombaugh, secretary; Mark Miller, assistant secretary; Ty McNary, treasurer; and Clifford Ray, assistant treasurer.

Also at the annual meeting, Stombaugh presented his annual report, which showed that the department handled 125 calls in 2007. Thats an increase over the 2006 total of 113.

The 2007 total included: 64 in-town calls and 61 out-of-town calls; 49 structure fires and investigations of structure fire reports; 29 brush fires; nine rescue calls; 11 car fires; and 20 alarms.

Members of the department expended 1,460 hours on those calls last year. The departments training hours totaled 1,803 in 2007.

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