Thank you all for coming to the carnival this year. We had a few weather interruptions, but we saw so many smiling faces having fun and enjoying being with their friends and family. And we saw a lot of those cowboy hats you won if you went a minute on that mechanical bull. You never know what will show up at the carnival. We hope you got some good time in with the police departments for National Night Out.
We have more incredible events happening at Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company. Check out our website, www.ehvfc.org, or our Facebook page. Our Sportsman Bash will be on Saturday, September 17, with doors open at 11:00am for the event from noon to 4:00pm. Join us for all the food, beer and soda you can consume. There will be cash prizes, guns, ammo, fishing gear and more. We are raffling a 2022 Polaris Sportsman 450 EPS ATV. An entry ticket is $60 with additional raffle tickets at $30 each. The ATV raffle tickets are one for $25 and three for $50. Tickets can be purchased online at ehvfc-fundraising.square.site/sportsman-bash. Or purchase tickets in person at Food Truck Tuesdays from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and at Wednesday bingo from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.
Please plan on attending our open house on Saturday, October 1. At our last open house, we had that amazing reveal of the new rescue squad. We will do something else special for October 1. October is Fire Prevention Month. This year’s theme is “Fire Won’t Wait, Plan Your Escape!”
And you will see our great volunteers at the Anne Arundel County Fair this year. EHVFC is staffing the first aid booth. Stop by our recruitment booth at the fair or attend our open house.
All of these events are put on to support the firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who serve our community. We have career support at the station and volunteer support. We want to introduce you to one of our volunteer EMTs: Makinna Olmstead.
Makinna, a Russian linguist in the Navy, is married and has two dogs. Her husband is also a Navy linguist. Makinna is currently a full-time student in a medical school preparatory program run by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She joined Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company in January 2021 because she had just moved to Severna Park and was looking for a way to get involved with the community. Makinna thought that being an EMT would be a great way to get medical training while being able to volunteer in the local area. She had only CPR training.
Makinna believes balancing volunteer efforts and being in the military is tough, but EHVFC is really great about allowing its volunteers to have flexibility. She volunteers when she can, after work or on the weekends.
Originally from Eagle River, Alaska, most of Makinna’s family is back home, however, her mom is also in the military and currently stationed in Virginia.
Makinna loves to take her dogs hiking or to the dog beach at Downs Park. She also volunteers at a therapeutic riding center as a horse lead and teaches CPR classes in Baltimore.
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