York Village, York Beach and York Ambulance were dispatched to a residence on Wavecrest Dr. for a report of a structure fire. Lt. Gammon from York Beach Fire arrived on scene within minutes and reported an outside fire close to the residence and a commercial dumpster. All companies continued to the scene and the fire was quickly knocked down. There was minor extension into the garage of the home under construction.
At approximately 1745 hours York Village was requested to respond an Engine Company mutual aid to Ogunquit for station coverage. Engine 4 responded with 6 personnel from York Village and while enroute were upgraded to respond directly to the scene of the fire. On arrival the crew met several other members who were already on scene as well as York C-2 (Asst. chief Marshall) and C-4 (Dep. chief Apgar). Truck 8 was requested to the fire as well and responded with another 6 firefighters. The York Village firefighters assisted with a secondary water supply via a drafting operation out of the Atlantic ocean with Ogunquit Engine 1. Engine 4 then laid a line out to Route 1 to a hydrant on a larger main and supplied much of the fire scene. Meanwhile the rest of the crew was put to work on the “Charlie side” (rear of the building)of Huckleberry’s restaurant where firefighters were trying to save an attached “ell” that was under construction. Multiple ventilation holes were cut in various places in the effort to stop the progression of the fire. Several 1 3/4″ and 2 1/2″ lines were used by York Village firefighters. The SMART truck responded and served food and drinks to the firefighters from York Village, York Beach, Wells, Ogunquit, Eliot, South Berwick, and PNSY Fire Departments. They were staffed with 3 members. In all 23 York Village firefighters answered the call, some remained at the fire station to cover our own town with Kittery Engine 5. All York Village Companoes were back in town just after 0030hrs. There were no firefighter injuries from York Village Fire. The fire is being investigated by OFD and the Maine State Fire Marshal’s office.
Firefighters were called to Route 91 for a cat stuck in a tree. Squad 2 and Truck 8 responded and put up a 24′ ground ladder to access the cat. As soon as she saw the approaching firefighters she went higher up the tree. Firefighters were eventually successful at removing the cat from the tree to a grateful owner.
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Approximately 0130 hours York Village Fire and York Ambulance were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Southside Road. near “Blaisdell Brothers” This is a sharp turn in the road which catches many drivers by surprise. York Village Fire has been to many serious accidents here over the years.
Crews arrived to find a vehicle standing on end up against a tree. The occupants had self extricated but the car was in a precarious position and the occupants were lying on the ground in close proximity so the decision was made to “strut” the car in order to stabilize it while crews were tending to the patients nearby. York Ambulance transported 3 patients to York Hospital from the scene.
Shortly before 10am York Beach and York Village Fire Department’s were dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 5 Libby Lane in the Beach District. First arriving Car 3 (Asst. Chief Welch) reported heavy smoke showing from a residential structure. Shortly thereafter he requested the second alarm. York Village Fire responded with Engine 4, Squad 2, and Truck 8 with 27 personnel. Engine 4 laid a supply line approximately 1250′ to a hydrant on Route 1 and fed Squad 2 who then fed Engine 1 who was fire attack. Truck 8 positioned and got their stick to the roof, while the crew from the Truck got ground ladders up. Primary Searches were made while the initial fire attack took place and crews opened up windows as well as a vent hole cut in the roof right over the fire. Village companies were tied up approximately 2 hours. There was one civilian transported from the fire scene with smoke inhalation. There were no firefighter injuries. The cause is under investigation by the department and the Maine State Fire Marshall’s Office.
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Around 0800 this morning York Village Fire was dispatched to Old Post Road for a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival crews found a garbage truck off the road with a telephone pole snapped off and live wires hanging over the truck. The truck driver wisely stayed in the safety of his cab and completely avoided injury. CMP arrived and secured power allowing the driver to safely exit the vehicle. The road was closed for several hours while CMP and National Wrecker Service worked to remove the vehicle. CMP worked for several more hours to restore power to the area.
Today York Village Fire hosted a regional firefighter I & II program for the hands on practical portions of “Water Supply” and “Hose, Nozzles, Streams, and Foam” this is the final 8 hours of a 16 hour portion of the 240 hour certification program. York Village has one firefighter enrolled in the program. Students come from fire departments all over York County and Southern New Hampshire. Numerous York Village firefighters were among the cadre of instructors, In addition to Chiefs and officers from around York county.
On Sunday evening we were dispatched to the Long Sands Plaza for a reported outside propane leak in the rear of the building. Upon arrival our crews were able to quickly secure the propane feed to the building at the tanks in the rear of the complex. A leak was found near the meter that was most likely caused by a build up of snow and ice. The building was evacuated for a short period of time while crews secured the propane. Squad 2, Engine 4, Truck 8 and Engine 6 all responded to the scene.
Photos by Jennifer Hilton
York Village Fire had its regular Thursday night training last night. Members were focusing on Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) skills. RIT is specifically rescuing downed firefighters. Crews were working in limited visibility with the RIT SCBA bag (a specially designed SCBA) and the rope assisted search bag (RAST) The rope assisted search bag has knots every 20′ feet and metal rings denoting the way out (one knot per 20′) (80 feet into the building is 4 knots with a ring on the one closest to the doorway) firefighters use these tools under extremely difficult and stressful conditions so the equipment must be learned and memorized so that its use is automatic. This is one reason why our weekly training is so important. While learning essential job skills the firefighters also have fun which makes the learning environment very pleasant.
In the scenario, a firefighter is down and his PASS alarm is going off, while simultaneously the firefighter is low on air. The RIT team proceeds in with the search rope to locate the firefighter. They then asses the firefighter and use the RIT SCBA to provide lifesaving air while the members move the downed firefighter to safety, the company officer guides them along the rope that they brought in with them to the exterior of the building.