Volunteer time

Firefighters’ duties vary

Above left: His face lit red by nearby emergency lights, PAVFD Chief Adam Maldonado checks out a rollover accident on State Highway 361 on March 5. No one was seriously injured in the wreck.

Above left: His face lit red by nearby emergency lights, PAVFD Chief Adam Maldonado checks out a rollover accident on State Highway 361 on March 5. No one was seriously injured in the wreck.

They never know what they might be getting into next.

One day, it might be a mobile home fire.

The next day, it might be a grass fire. Or they might have to pry apart a wrecked car to help get an accident victim out.

Members of the Port Aransas Volunteer Fire Department have to be ready for it all.

They’re called volunteers because they’re not full-time city employees, but they are paid.

The department needs more volunteers. To apply, call Vinton James, assistant fire chief, at (512) 619-5556.

Upper right: Posing for a photo during a jaws of life training session on Feb. 23 are, from left, PAVFD firefighters Jon Michael Gillespie and Pete Arzola; Fire Marshal Nathan Kelly; firefighter Toby Smith; instructor Allen Walters (a Metro Fire Houston firefighter); and firefighters Noah Swindle, Vinton James, Nathan Arnold, Adam Maldonado and Michael Wren.

Upper right: Posing for a photo during a jaws of life training session on Feb. 23 are, from left, PAVFD firefighters Jon Michael Gillespie and Pete Arzola; Fire Marshal Nathan Kelly; firefighter Toby Smith; instructor Allen Walters (a Metro Fire Houston firefighter); and firefighters Noah Swindle, Vinton James, Nathan Arnold, Adam Maldonado and Michael Wren.

Middle right: Wren, left, trains with the jaws of life, a hydraulic tool used for prying apart auto wreckage when accident victims are trapped inside. Walters is at right.

Middle right: Wren, left, trains with the jaws of life, a hydraulic tool used for prying apart auto wreckage when accident victims are trapped inside. Walters is at right.

Below right: Checking out a plane engine are, from left, former PAVFD Chief Chris Shanklin, Capt. Pete Arzola of the fire department; and firefighter Jon Michael Gillespie. They were involved in training on how to handle airplane fires on Jan. 12 at Mustang Beach Airport.

Below right: Checking out a plane engine are, from left, former PAVFD Chief Chris Shanklin, Capt. Pete Arzola of the fire department; and firefighter Jon Michael Gillespie. They were involved in training on how to handle airplane fires on Jan. 12 at Mustang Beach Airport.

Below left: Port Aransas firefighters battle an RV blaze at Shibui Sands and Sea Secret on Jan. 30. No one was injured. The cause couldn’t be determined, Kelly said.

Below left: Port Aransas firefighters battle an RV blaze at Shibui Sands and Sea Secret on Jan. 30. No one was injured. The cause couldn’t be determined, Kelly said.

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