Companies Respond to Propane Leak

Posted March 1, 2015 By Nick

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

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Rapid Intervention Training: Locating the downed firefighter

Posted January 22, 2015 By Paul Balentine

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.

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Tank 4 Mutual Aid to Wells for a structure Fire

Posted January 8, 2015 By Paul Balentine

Shortly before midnight on Thursday night January 8,2015 York Village and York Beach Fire Departmemts were toned out to respond mutual aid to Wells with a tank truck from each department. Wells Fire Department had a vehicle fire extend into a detached garage which had become well involved with fire, they also had exposure problems. The fire was located on Horace Mills Rd. There were no fire hydrants close enough to lay hose to so all water had to be trucked in with tankers. Tank 4 and York Beach Engine 5 were joined by Wells Engine 5, South Berwick Tank 3, Berwick Tank 4, shuttling water to the fire scene.

Photo credit goes to Scoop BlitzFire for the use of his photographs, Thank You, Scoop!!

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Structure Fire, 35 US Route 1

Posted January 6, 2015 By Paul Balentine

At around 1700 hours on January 6, 2015, York Village and York Beach Fire Departments were dispatched to 35 Route 1 for a report of a building fire. York dispatch advised that they were receiving calls. York Beach Car 3 (Asst. Chief Welch) was in the area and arrived first. He reported heavy fire showing from the roof and rear of the building. C-1 immediately requested a first alarm “working fire” Engine 4 and Truck 8 were on the road immediately having volunteers in the station helped the rigs get on the road rapidly. Engine 4 took the treacherous driveway and had difficulties because of the ice but was able to position. Truck 8 took a hydrant on Route 1 and laid a 5″ supply line to E4. Multiple 1 3/4″ and (1) 2 1/2″ handline were stretched to bring the fire under control. 1 civilian was transported to York Hospital by York Ambulance from the fire scene, there were no firefighter injuries despite the extreme cold and icy conditions. York Village Fire was assisted at the scene by York Beach Fire and Kittery Engine 1. Kittery Point Engine 5 covered our station. York Beach Engine 1 took in a fire alarm activation at Rite-Aid on Route 1 during the height of the fire, the cause of that alarm was attributed to a water pressure surge from the fire hydrant being opened for the firefighting effort up the road.

Here is a link to the story from WCSH Channel 6 in Portland:

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Never Forget the Worcester Six 12-3-1999

Posted December 3, 2014 By Paul Balentine

Today is a very sad day……this is the 15th anniversary of a disastrous fire which was started in an abandoned cold storage warehouse by a couple of squatters who tipped over a candle during an argument. The fire went on to claim the lives of 6 extremely brave and dedicated Worcester firefighters. These firefighters entered the burning structure to search for the squatters who were reported to be trapped. As is often the case, they had made it out safely. To the “Worcester 6″ you guys are true heroes!!! Your life was not laid down in vain. Rest In Peace…..we will never forget your sacrifice.W6 12-3-2014

   

2nd Annual Toys for Tots Fill-A-Fire Truck event

Posted November 29, 2014 By Nick

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SMART Truck responds to Rochester

Posted November 27, 2014 By Nick

The SMART Truck was requested to Rochester for a 3rd Alarm structure fire.  The fire that started during a snow storm called in mutual aid from all around the region, as well as a tanker task force as there were issues with the hydrants in the area.  Thank you to A.J. St. Hilaire for the use of his photos.

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Crews battle 1st alarm brush fire on Carrie Lynn Lane

Posted November 23, 2014 By Paul Balentine

As most York Village Firefighters were home enjoying an unusually warm, sunny November morning, the tones went off for York Village Fire to respond to Carrie Lynn Lane for a report of a smoldering area in the woods. The caller reported he had found a fire in the woods and he would walk out to meet responding firefighters. On arrival Lt. Hilton met the gentleman and was led approximately 5-600 feet into the woods where they found an area of approximately 1 acre that had burned. Most of the fire was already extinguished, no doubt from the rain we had early this morning. There were still several hot spots that had burned down into the ground at least 1-2 feet in places. Crews trekked into the woods with indian tanks and hand tools prepared to hit the remaining hot spots. Once on the fire line crews realized that they would need more water and personnel. A first alarm was struck for additional help, crews ran 1000′ of 1 1/2″ forestry hose into the fire scene to extinguish the fire. Crews were in the woods for approximately 2 hours.

 

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Tank 4 and Brush 10 respond to Eliot

Posted November 22, 2014 By Nick

Tank 4 and Brush 10 responded to Eliot to assist with a brush fire.  The fire was on Langley Farm Rd.  It was one of many fires in the region during a late fall dry spell.  Thank you to A.J. St. Hilaire for the use of his photos.

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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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