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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Shortly before 1900hrs. Kittery Fire was toned out for a report of a barn fire on Braveboat Harbor Rd. in the area of #199. Braveboat Harbor Rd. is also Route 103 which runs between York Harbor and Kittery Point. Kittery C3 responding to the station reported it was well involved with possible exposures. Kittery C-1 promptly transmitted the Working Fire and a quick Second alarm for the tanker run card. This brought Engine 4 and Tank 4 from York Village along with the SMART truck. Tank 4 responded with 2 and Engine 4 responded with a crew of 6. other members met us on scene and the total crew was 14 personnel from York Village Fire. York C-1 arrived on scene and was tasked with establishing a rural water supply. Tank 4 dropped its porta-tank and Engine 4 was ordered to set into the tank, draft and feed the fire attack which was Kittery Engine 5 from the Kittery Point firehouse. Heavy smoke could be seen all over York as the 40×60 barn was heavily involved prior to the arrival of even the first due companies. Tank 4, along with Greenland tanker, Eliot tanker, and York Beach Engine 5 shuttled water for several hours to supply the firefighting operation. The SMART truck supplied bottled water and snacks to rehabilitate the firefighters on scene. York Police, Kittery Police stood by for traffic control and American Ambulance stood by for EMS and treated one very minor firefighter injury. York Village companies were cleared by 2200 hours to return to town.

Special Thank You as always goes to Shawn and AJ St.Hilaire for the use of their photos and also to Joanne Balentine for the use of her photos.

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98th Annual Fireman’s Field Day

Posted August 6, 2014 By Nick

A reminder of our Field Day and muster coming up this month. We hope to see everyone there.

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Thursday night training at 4 Route 1

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!!!!!!

 

 

 

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Microburst hits York Village

Posted July 15, 2014 By Nick

Members were at the firehouse doing what we usually do when a thunder storm approaches…waiting around in case the tone hits for a lightning strike or wire down.  We were taken by surprise when everything outside turned a green tint and the wind began blowing stronger than a normal thunder storm.  When the dust settled about 30 seconds later we were confronted with tree limbs all over the front apron of the firehouse.  The neighbor’s tree next door, down on the ground. It was then that York Dispatch started toning us out for trees down on houses.  Squad 2, Engine 4 and Truck 8 were quickly on the road to answer the calls, but we could not access the calls easily as trees were down across York Street in the village an in the harbor, as well as all the side streets.  Engine 1 from York Beach was dispatched to assist and we called two Engines from Kittery to stage and help us answer calls.  Eliot provided coverage on York Beach’s side of town.  We found multiple, large trees down in to many homes in York Village.  Several cars were destroyed as well.  A command post was set up at the York Street Baptist Church on York St.  During all of this, Truck 8 and Engine 4 responded to a serious car accident on Rt. 1 near Mountain Rd that ended up shutting the entire road down due to a telephone pole snapped in two places and wires on the ground.  Oqunquit Fire, Wells EMS and Eliot Fire also assisted with that incident.  Special Thanks to A.J. St.Hilaire and Jaime Leighton for the use of their photos.

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Remembering Lt. Wayne Fuller–40 years later

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.

 

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Dispatcher Dion retires

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)

 

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