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.
Join us on Saturday, December 6th at York Hannaford for the 2nd Annual Toys for Tots Fill-A-Fire Truck event. Bring your new unwrapped toy to Hannaford all day on Saturday and help us stuff two fire trucks. Last year’s event was a huge success, and with your help we can do it again!
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.
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.
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.
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.
An early morning vehicle fire was quickly knocked down on Beech Ridge Rd. at the Rt. 1 intersection. Squad 2 and Engine 4 responded, and York PD assisted with traffic.
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.
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!!!
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.