Posted August 16, 2014 By Paul Balentine
Well, another year is in the books for Firemen’s field day!! Wow, did we have a great time too!! The weather was cool and the afternoon started to become a little bit overcast, but the weather held out and it was a very comfortable day. The parade was noisy and the crowds along the parade route were relatively light, but we pressed on. On the field at Moulton Park, this was our 9th year in this location and the crowd at the field was one of the best we’ve had in a lot of years. We had 5 muster teams this year. We are already looking forward to next year and hoping for a huge turnout as we forge ahead one year closer to the big 100!!! There was a somber note to the day, however, and we would be remiss if we didn’t at least make mention of the untimely passing of FF Brian Starkey on July 1. This was the first field day without Brian and he was sorely missed. Brian usually sent out all the invitations, ordered the trophies, and ran the field events. He was dedicated, reliable, and precise. He took his responsibilities serious and was pretty nearly a one man operation. This year it took quite a team of York Firefighters to fill his shoes. We managed to get it done but it was a struggle as many of us are still grieving his loss and Field Day without Brian was tough.
As always, a very special Thank You goes out to Shawn and AJ St. Hilaire for the use of their photographs. We really appreciate your support of our department by allowing us the use of your work!!!
Posted August 9, 2014 By Paul Balentine
Posted August 6, 2014 By Nick
A reminder of our Field Day and muster coming up this month. We hope to see everyone there.
Posted July 31, 2014 By Paul Balentine
Tonight for our weekly Thursday night training we used an abandoned building at 4 Route 1 near the York/Kittery town line. crews were divided up into companies as to what piece of apparatus they arrived on. Engine 4, Engine 6, Squad 2, Truck 8, Tank 4, and the SMART truck went out for the training. On scene, the crews remained with their company officer in the companies that they left the station with. The crews practiced such things as hoseline advancement to the second floor with a charged line and flowed water out of an open window for additional realism. While another station assessed the firefighters abilities to conduct a primary search of a dwelling for possible trapped occupants. The third station focused on salvage and overhaul operations. Salvage operations refer to the department’s efforts to limit damage to a homeowners possessions by water, smoke, and fire. We taught the newer firefighters the fine art of throwing salvage covers and the importance of protecting personal effects. Overhaul is the phase of the fire where we open up walls and ceilings to expose potential hidden fire, which may be concealed by the interior finish of a house, failure to detect hidden fire can result in a dreaded “rekindle” which firefighters always take extra care to prevent such an occurrence. These skills were all practiced without live fire or smoke, with as much realism as we could provide. The officers (lieutenants, and captains) from York Village Fire Department played dual roles as company officers and fire instructors to ensure that when there is live fire, heat, and smoke, the firefighters are practiced up and ready for any challenge thrown in the way of our crews. York Village Fire fielded 29 support personnel, firefighters, officers, and chiefs. We are very proud of our robust attendance!!!!!! Great Job Guys!!!!!!
Posted July 15, 2014 By Nick
Posted July 14, 2014 By Paul Balentine
July 4, 1974, was a day that most families were spending together enjoying the holiday. Several York Firefighters were enjoying each others company at a cookout at one of the member’s houses. The social aspect of the volunteer fire service has always been held in high regard by the men and women of York Village Fire. Fraternity is very important to morale and many members consider themselves more like family than co-workers or fellow volunteers. Late in the evening that day a thunderstorm passed through York. Pouring rain made the streets slick. The fire whistle atop the fire station blew alerting the men to a report of a fire on Bayview Avenue. The men jumped in Lt. Fuller’s vehicle and headed towards the fire. While responding up Route 103, the vehicle lost control and crashed killing Lt. Fuller and injuring the other firefighters in the vehicle. Among the injured were Charles Balentine, Bruce Woodward, and William Goslin.
This year is the 40th anniversary of this tragedy for the Fuller family and the York Village Fire Department. We wanted to take a moment to recognize this event in our history which happened this month so long ago in the hopes that it will never be forgotten and that our firefighters, as well as all firefighters remember to operate with safety in mind at all times. This is the only Line of Duty Death in the York Village Fire Department’s 98 year history. We are hoping that it is the last one we ever go through. We wish to Thank the Fuller family for being so generous and sharing their newspaper clippings of their relative so that we could share them with you all, our followers.
Posted July 11, 2014 By Nick
We want to send the best of wishes to Dispatcher Linda Dion of the York Police Department. She started her career as a Dispatcher in 1973 with the Ogunquit Police Department and soon moved over to York Police. She has dispatched many large fires in the Town of York in her years and she will be missed by many. It takes a special kind of person to be a public safety dispatcher as the job is extremely challenging and stressful. With Linda’s professionalism and kind personality, she made the job look easy. Linda worked her last shift last night from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am. and York Police surprised her with a limo ride as she left her final shift. (Photos courtesy of York Police)
Posted July 7, 2014 By Paul Balentine
Today the York Village Fire Department mourned the loss of FF and former Asst. Chief Brian Starkey. Firefighters from all over New England escorted Brian’s flag draped casket along with several pieces of fire apparatus up York St. through York Village, under a pair of arched aerial ladders in front of the York Village Fire Station. It was a beautiful and hot July day, but there was a somber note about the entire day. It would be the last time we could give our Brother Brian a hand. 10 Pallbearers included York Village Fire personnel: Deputy Fire Chief Peter Humphrey, Captain Scott Apgar, Captain Paul Balentine, Lieutenant Nick Hilton, Firefighters Josh Allen, Mike Moores, Sanford, ME Fire Lieutenant Paul Dubois, Dr. Bob Brown, Kittery Police Patrolman Zack Harmon (a York Village Fire alumni) and Gary Mohr, Brian’s son-in-law. The funeral was held at St. Christopher’s Church on Barrel Lane in York Harbor with Father John Skeehan officiating. Father John is our official York Village Fire chaplain. Firefighters marched with the hearse and the apparatus to the First Parish Cemetery in the nearly 85 degree heat. In the graveyard, a short ceremony was held and then the funeral detail adjourned to the York Village Firehouse for another short ceremony including the striking of Box 3 “all out” for Brian Starkey on the bells and then on the whistle atop the firehouse. Light refreshments and Brotherhood after that.
Brian and his wife Bonnie have put countless hours into the York Village Fire Department and his contributions will be missed around here, he will be impossible to replace. We cant thank enough, all the firefighters who came forward to assist us in our time of loss. The crew of New Castle, NH Engine 4, and Kittery Engine 1 who answered alarms while we attended the service. Also our Brothers to the north York Beach Fire and Ogunquit Fire who sent their Ladder Companies down to form the arch for the funeral procession. We really felt the strong Brotherhood of the fire service yesterday, and it was a beautiful thing to see firefighters with all different shoulder patches come together and stand side by side with us to help us honor our friend.
Thank You to Ray Pitts for the memorial Poster of Brian, Shawn and AJ St. Hilaire for the use of their photos and Joanne Balentine for the use of her photos.
Posted July 1, 2014 By Paul Balentine
The York Village Fire Department regrets to announce the passing of FF Brian Starkey. Brian is a former Medical Crew Chief and Department Assistant Chief. Brian and his wife Bonnie ran the department’s Fire Explorer post for a number of years and helped many of our current firefighters and officers get their start on the YFD. He was an avid fire buff and was active in numerous fire buff groups. Brian was often found behind the wheel of Engine 6 his beloved American LaFrance pumper, he never liked driving anything else in the fleet. In recent months, Brian’s health had deteriorated and he missed the fire department. In his time in and out of the hospital he relayed to some of the members how much he wanted somebody to take him down to the firehouse. Many of us were optimistic that he would pull through. A steady stream of visitors had kept a constant vigil with the family for at least the past week. It’s times like this that the extremely close knit family culture of the York Village Fire Department really shows through. Brian and Bonnie put countless hours into the York Village Fire Department over the years and their dedication to the organization is pretty nearly unrivaled. Brian will be sorely missed around the York Village Firehouse. The Department is assisting the family with their immediate needs.
Services are as follows:
Sunday, July 6th
Lucas Eaton Funeral Home
91 Long Sands Rd, York, ME 03909
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Monday, July 7th
St. Christophers Church
4 Barrell Ln. York, ME 03909
Posted June 29, 2014 By Paul Balentine