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.
Posted October 20, 2014 By Paul Balentine
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.
Posted September 13, 2014 By Paul Balentine
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!!!!!!
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