Fire Station 10, based in Yosemite Lakes Park and which includes YLP in its service area, now has a new leader — Fire Capt. Jack Fulcher.

He has some exciting plans for the station and those it serves, but first he wanted to update the information on the fire station’s page on our website.

Here’s the new description:

Madera County Fire Station 10 consists of paid call firefighters servicing the County of Madera.  Station 10 not only protects Yosemite Lakes Park, but we also assist Cal Fire and other Madera County fire stations with their calls.  At any given moment, engines from Station 10 could be answering a public service assist call here in the park, and next be responding to a fire in the city of Madera, or even covering a station in Madera valley. Station 10 engines could also be attached to a strike team and dispatched out of the county either down south or up north. As you can see, Station 10 engines have no boundaries.

Madera County Fire Station 10 offers two facets to its organization: the paid call firefighter program and the Fire Auxiliary program. PCFs are trained to respond to emergencies. They receive their training from the Madera County Fire Academy which covers fires of all types, EMS and Hazmat trainings which are required by state and federal regulations. Therefore, Madera County Fire Station 10 constantly trains every week, all year long, for continuing education and maintaining our state and federal certifications. Station 10 also participates in community events and public education.

The Fire Auxiliary is the main support group for Station 10.  The auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of every month. The auxiliary and PCFs work together forming committees for fundraisers to help raise money for the fire department. They also assist as a liaison for the fire department for other special events in the park.

More from Capt. Fulcher:

• Next to the station on Glacier Drive, foundation is being poured for a new 2-bay garage to house an additional engine and tanker. The roughly $46,000 for the garage is coming from the station’s accounts, built up through local donations, and the vehicles will come from Madera County.

• With a current 14 PCFs, he said, “The station is growing by leaps and bounds — in training, equipment, response areas, at times (serving) all of Madera County.”

• Madera County provides the engines, basic equipment and personal protection as well as hourly compensation for firefighting and mandatory training.

• Donation money helps purchase the Squad 10 rescue vehicle, scene lighting, improved gloves, helmet lights.thermal imaging cameras, swift water rescue gear and Jaws of Life.

Planned activities/fund raisers this year:
• Open house grand opening for the 2-bay station with ice cream social.
• Golf Gala and Tournament May 3-4 put on by Yosemite Lakes Golf Association
• A Father’s Day pancake breakfast
• Moonshine motorcycle run in September
• Rigatoni Dinner sponsored by Ladies of the Lakes in late September
• New this year — a “tux and gown” Firefighters’ Ball in October