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Baxter Fire Department Responds To Residential Fire

Baxter firefighters had to be treated for heat-related illness while on the scene of a fire for more than three hours Wednesday night. Chief Matthew White said they received the call around 8 p.m. to respond to a residential fire at 144 Chestnut Street. He said when they arrived on the scene there was heavy smoke coming from both the ... Read More »

Burn Permits Required Through May 15th

Maybe some weekend work planned outside? A reminder that burn permits are still required region-wide. The state requires burn permits until May 15 when humidity increases. Baxter Fire Chief Matthew White said the cities in Putnam County require burn permits year-round. “Every city has their own ordinance and issues their own fire permits,” White said. “Outside of the city limits ... Read More »

UC Volunteer Fire Departments Among Recipients For State Equipment And Training Grant Program

Several Upper Cumberland fire departments and rescue squads were among the 147 groups awarded funding from the state’s $5 million Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant Program. Baxter Fire Chief Matthew White said the grant program comes as part of the state’s efforts to help smaller departments get necessary new and upgraded equipment. White said his department received about $48,000 ... Read More »

Baxter FD Using Grant Funding To Help Department And City

Baxter Fire Department moving forward with two grants that will help the department’s operations. Chief Matthew White said one grant is for some $5,000 through Twin Lakes. “For purchasing an air pack, and SCBA for us to wear,” White said. “We have one that’s currently down and we need to put that back into service.” White said the department also ... Read More »

Full-Time Baxter Firefighters Having Positive Impact

Almost two months after Baxter’s first-ever full-time firefighters began work, and their impact has been extremely positive. That’s according to Fire Chief Matthew White. The city approved three full-time firefighters in this year’s budget. “We’ve seen tremendous improvement,” White said. “The response times have been cut down, we’re looking for a better outcome in the future and hopefully the citizens ... Read More »

Baxter’s First Ever Full-Time Firefighters Go To Work

Baxter has implemented its first-ever full-time fire crew this week. Chief Matthew White said the three full-time personnel will ensure someone will be at the station at all times. “So that helps us a lot with the response time it cuts down somebody having to come into the station having to pick up a truck,” White said. “Someone will be ... Read More »

Baxter Explores Preliminary Plans For Full-Time Firefighters

City of Baxter starting to explore preliminary numbers to have full-time firefighters. Chief Matthew White said that currently there are only 12 part-time firefighters during the day, and 14 volunteers at night. “It’s important for us especially, and I believe all the council are on board with it, they’re looking too to make this a safer place for the citizens ... Read More »

Baxter FD To Host Basic Life Saving Skills Class Saturday

Baxter Fire Department will host a CPR and First Aid course this Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Chief Matthew White said that the course will teach attendees basic life-saving skills they can use in various emergencies. “We’ll teach them in case they might have to do CPR or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation where they have to do chest compression or ventilations ... Read More »