Thursday night training: hoseline advances

Posted October 30, 2014 By Paul Balentine

Tonight we started our training evolution with a roll-up at the former Fazio’s restaurant at 38 Woodbridge Rd. The building is owned by York Hospital and they have allowed us to use the building for non destructive training for several years. The first scenario involved a fire on a rooftop unit. Crews opted to stretch the 300′ 2 1/2″ hoseline with the smoothbore nozzle for this drill. A large hoseline flows more water and is always a sure bet when facing a fire attack on or in a commercial building.  The crews opted to stretch over Truck 8′s aerial. A single 24′ ground ladder was also thrown by Engine 4′s chauffeur to serve as a second means of egress from the roof of the building. The subsequent drills involved stretching the crosslays from Squad 2. We are experimenting with some different hoseloads for the pre-connects on that rig.

 

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SCBA training at the firehouse

Posted October 23, 2014 By Paul Balentine

Tonight we had some lousy weather and a nor’easter was dumping rain and wind all over the northeast. We took advantage of the inclement weather by staying inside and getting some of our required annual training done, with a twist.  Members got to see the Scott Pak tracker in use. It is a device that can help locate trapped firefighters in a fire. We also used the RIT pack. (Rapid Intervention Team) is like a special air supply just for firefighters that are trapped, or out of air. This is a piece of equipment we have yet to use for real and hope we never do. It was stressed to the younger firefighters that they should be intimately familiar with ALL of this equipment. It may save you or a fellow firefighter. Firefighters drilled in “harness conversion” which is how to turn the SCBA back pack into a harness to rescue a downed firefighter. We learned a lot, and refreshed old skills that we hadn’t used in quite some time. It was very productive training.

 

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Fires and other serious calls have been on the decline around the Town of York. The last couple days have been busy with a structure fire, a car fire, and a few other calls thrown in. Crews decided to make a meal before the Thursday night training to enjoy some brotherhood. There was a lot of light hearted banter and joking around. It was a lot of fun!!!

 

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Car fire on York St.

Posted October 23, 2014 By Paul Balentine

a little after 1500 hours York Village Fire was toned to respond to York St. near Route 1 for a vehicle fire. Companies arrived and found a vehicle in the road with a well involved engine compartment fire. Squad 2 positioned to block traffic and firefighters stretched the purple “trash line” to knock the fire down. The fire knocked down quick crews cleared the scene within 30 minutes. No injuries to civilians or firefighters. The vehicle was a total loss.

 

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Companies tackle 1st alarm Structure fire in York Village.

Posted October 22, 2014 By Paul Balentine

York Village Fire was dispatched to 16 long Sands Rd.  For an odor investigation . C-1  and Squad 2 were on scene in minutes. The next report was from C-1 advising that they had smoke in the building and all hands were working. Any volunteer who had sat out the initial call was now up and running towards the scene. Shortly thereafter, he advised that he believed that they had a fire in the second floor ceiling and a full 1st alarm working fire was struck. Engine 4 arrived on scene and took a hydrant at the monument in the center of town. They were able to hand lay 100′ of 4″ hose into Squad 2 leaving E4 out of the loop and thus in service for another run. Truck 8 arrived and was assigned to take the “Delta” side of the building and throw the stick to the roof.  Engine 1 from York Beach arrived on scene and staged their rig, the 6 personnel from York Beach were divided up amongst various functions. Interior crews searched for fire with a smoke condition that didn’t seem to get any better. A portion of the ceiling was opened up to check void spaces and for possible fire extension, before the fire was located high on a shelf near the ceiling of the laundry closet. It was quickly extinguished, the building was ventilated and salvage operations commenced. Crews were released from the scene and York Village firefighters returned to the firehouse to put equipment back in service. Kittery Point Engine 5 covered the station and briefly assisted at the scene. While Ogunquit Engine 31 covered in York Beach. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

 

 

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Haz-Mat call at York Village Fire

Posted October 20, 2014 By Paul Balentine

This morning York Village Fire was paged out via our cell phone text paging system to respond to the station for “station coverage” first due company officers found that a UPS truck was parked in the yard with a suspicious white powder covering some packages destined for York High School. The UPS driver came into the fire station and casually asked the on-duty firefighter to take a look at something. FF J. Gay found white powder in the back of the truck. He immediately called for help. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard FD was called for assistance. In the meantime, York Village Fire’s Haz-Mat certified personnel isolated the scene and denied entry until a positive ID of the substance could be found. On arrival of the PNSY Haz-Mat rig York Village Fire personnel were asked to obtain a sample of the substance for the Haz-Mat team to identify. The substance was identified as soap powder which had spilled when a box broke in the back of the delivery truck. The companies on scene were assisted by York Police Department and all agencies worked seamlessly together. The incident was under control in a little under an hour and a half.

 

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New Training Prop

Posted October 9, 2014 By Nick

To assist with the Traffic Incident Management System (TIMS) training we do each year, two members took some time this week and created a new training prop.  Firefighters Josh Allen and Ryan Michel used some scrap plywood and built a scale “city” for the members to use.  FF Allen supplied some cars and trucks from his massive private collection.  We make sure we teach our members the importance of traffic incident safety, which includes blocking lanes and creating a safe zone for emergency crews working in and around a roadway.  We do go out on the road and practice scenarios on a regular basis, this being a requirement for new drivers each time they get certified on a piece of equipment.  This prop will make it even easier to get more involved and create more complex scenarios.  It includes on one side a scale intestate, to mimic the Maine Turnpike to include on and off ramps.  The reverse side includes any situation we may see in York, including a 4-lane road with a turn land and without a median, a large intersection, parking lots, buildings, power lines and poles as well as a curvy 2-lane roadway.  York Fire Department is part of a regional TIMS committee, in partnership with the Maine Turnpike Authority and Maine State Police.

A huge thank you goes out to FF Josh Allen and FF Ryan Michel for their hard work and dedication to this project.

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Training burn at 4 US Route 1

Posted September 13, 2014 By Paul Balentine

Today members descended at 4 US Route 1 right on the Kittery town line for the final evolution in that house. Members have trained there for several Thursday nights on various topics. But today was the final burn. Members got 6 good training fires out of the house before tearing it down and burning the rubble in a pile. Firefighters get valuable training during live fire evolutions that cannot be gleaned in any other way. It is very hard to describe how fire burns to somebody who has never been into an actual fire and seen how fire behaves in a wooden structure. The lessons learned yesterday by some of our newest members won’t be soon forgotten. Some of our seasoned members also got to perfect their technique. All who participated learned something and had fun.

Thank You to Joanne Balentine for the use of her photographs!!!

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NEVER FORGET 9-11-2001

Posted September 11, 2014 By Paul Balentine

The York Village Fire Department will never forget that warm late summer’s day in 2001. 343 FDNY firefighters were killed when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed after airplanes were flown into them in an act of terror. Please remember the members who made the supreme sacrifice that day. NEVER FORGET THE 343!!!!!!

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98th Annual Firemen’s field day!!!!

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!!!

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