Would any forum members care to describe their department here in one thread i.e. location, type of department, population served, mumber of personnel, stations, apparatus etc? I think this subject could be interesting to all. Let's see where it goes.
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06-09-1999, 09:10 PM #1mfgentiliFirehouse.com Guest
06-09-1999, 11:07 PM #2nsfirechapFirehouse.com Guest
Check out www.alaska.net/~nsfsa for info on the North Star VD in North Pole, Alaska.
06-10-1999, 10:02 AM #3Capt. SkippyFirehouse.com Guest
mfgentili, Sounds like an interesting topic to see what others have to work with and for!
My Fire Division is a paid-on-call volunteer force of 25 personnel with a fulltime Fire Chief (total of 26). There are two station Captains, two station Lts and a Lt/Engineer (responsible for the apparatus, minor maintenance and the Engineers).
We are located in West Central Ohio in a rural county of 40,000 people. Our district covers 120 square miles, of which the city covers 5 square miles of that area. The population of the city is 8,000 (1990) and growing rapidly. We currently have two stations covering one half of the city each. The city is divided in half by the Norfolk Southern Railroad which is running about 48 trains a day through town. We are currently rated through ISO as having a 5, but we hope to lower that to a 4 in the next three years.
For apparatus we have at Station No. 1: a 1998 Freightliner/E-One Heavy Rescue, a 1992 Ford F-350 Grass/Brush Rig (300gpm/250 gallons), a 1990 Ford/E-One Engine (1250 gpm/1500 gallons), a 1985 Ford Seagrave 100' rear mount aerial (I know, I know, we are going to replace it with a tower in 2005!), a 1996 E-One Protector Engine (1250gpm/1000 gallons) and a 1937 American La France (Parade Unit). At Station No. 2: a 1993 E-One Protector Engine (1250gpm/1500 gallons) and a 1987 Ford E-One Protector XL (1250gpm/750 gallons). The chief has a 1995 Chevy S10 Blazer 4x4 for a utility vehicle.
For a final note, my guys are outstanding when it comes to making fire runs and attending training. The Division cleared over 2,000 hours of training last year, of which over half was on their own time and out of their own pocket. A core group of about half the Division last year made 60 percent of 472 runs for the year.
By the way, we have a seperate EMS Division which is running close to 2,000 EMS calls a year.
Hope you find this informative!
06-10-1999, 03:48 PM #4trk12Firehouse.com Guest
Cincinnati Fire Div. is a full time paid Dept. serving 350,000 people. Our current manpower is 800 men and women staffing 26 Eng. Cos. 12 of which are Paramedic Engines, 13 Truck Cos. 1 Heavy Rescue/ Haz-Mat team. We are also one of the few Fire Depts. that has FF's who are also E.O.D Techs. All FF's are EMT-A, EMT-I, or EMT-P. We have 6 BLS Transport Units and 4 ALS Transport Units. For more info e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert E. Shelton
06-10-1999, 06:56 PM #5Dalmation90Firehouse.com Guest
Mortlake Fire Co., Brooklyn, CT (Northeast Corner)
65 active Volunteers
25 square miles, 6,000 population (600 of whom are prisoners)
2 Engine-Tanks (1500/1200 first due pieces)
1 Engine (1500/700/5000' 5")
1 Heavy Rescue
1 Ladder (100')
1 Service (80/200 on a Hummer chassis )
We run about 50 fires (3-8 working structures) and 500 medicals a year
web site: http://pages.cthome.net/mortlake
06-10-1999, 08:50 PM #6PTFD21Firehouse.com Guest
Neat Idea -
My department is combination w/ 8 full-time currently, 39 paid on call f/fs and two stations ( our third station has FINALLY had the ground broken and will hopefully be complete 9 - 10 months and 6 additional full time will be added.)
3 - Engines
1 - Tower ( 85 ft.)
1 - Brush Unit
1 - Tanker (3000 gal)
1 - Medium Rescue
1 - Ladder ( 105 ft. (I think!!)) that is
now on order for the third station
We serve a population of around 24,000 and cover apporximately 28.5 sq. mi. in southeastern MI ( just outside of Ann Arbor).
For more info and pictures goto my website at http://members.aol.com/PT10FD/info.htm - The Pittsfield Twp. Fire Dept.
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06-10-1999, 09:17 PM #7mfgentiliFirehouse.com Guest
Thanks for all the posts so far. I've enjoyed visiting all your websites. It's pretty neat to visit different stations and departments throughout the country without leaving your own house. Look forward to visiting with others. This computer stuff still amazes me having only been on line about a month.
PTFD21 sounds like you guys are really growing out there if you're going to almost double your full time force. Best of luck on your new station. Will you be adding any new apparatus or just reassigning?
06-11-1999, 01:02 PM #8SBear597Firehouse.com Guest
This does sound like a good idea.
Vestal Volunteer Fire Department:
Location: 80 miles south of Syracuse on the NY/PA border
Type of Department: Volunteer
Population Served: About 32,000
Number of Personnel: About 125
4 stations as listed with Apparatus in each
Station #1 - Four Corners
Command / Fire Prevention Van
Station #2 - Vestal Center
Station #3 - Ross Corners
Station #4 - Willow Point Area
Web Site: www.tier.net/vfd
This site tells more than I can write.
Everyone stay safe, and enjoy life.
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06-11-1999, 05:43 PM #9e33Firehouse.com Guest
The Flemington-Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad, Station 49, is an all volunteer agency providing EMS and Rescue Services over an approximate 50 square mile area. The area is a makeup of farms, rural residential, dense housing in the form of apartments and condominiums, a large amount of commercial occupancies, and light to moderate industrial areas.
In 1998 the agency answered 1653 calls. This makes it the busiest emergency agency in the county aside from police and ALS units. Due to the specialized services the agency provides, requests are often made for units to assist neighboring agencies. These assists are often in assistance of or in conjunction with one of the two other rescue agencies in the county (staion 22 or station 45).
The squad serves a population of approx 35000 night and 40,000 day. The coverage areas also include many county facilities including the justice complex and all county offices. There are 7 schools in the area including the largest regional high school in the county. A large agricultural fairgrounds and auto racing track is also covered by the agency.
Services provided include EMS and Rescue as well as some fire support services.
EMS is handled with a 60 member staff, all volunteers, with per diem staff possibly being hired in the near future to fill gaps in crew coverage. Crews are handled on a scheduled system, each member providing 20 hours of service per month as a minimum.
There are 3 ambulances equipped identically, they are Ford E350 / Braun ERV's. The squad only provides BLS services (unit#'s 4951,4952,4953). ALS is provided by MICU from the hospital. Each ambulance is capable of transporting 2 patients fully immobilized. BLS units also carry enough cribbing and step chocks to stabilize one vehicle as well as a good compliment of hand tools and 2 PFD's and throwbags. There is one crash ambulance, which is a Ford E350 / Braun Chief 4x4 (unit# 4955). It has a 3500 watt diesel generator whick powers 2 500w quick raise lights and several body mounted 120v outlets. The unit carries enough BLS supplies to treat and immobilize 4 patients. It carries a HURST Palladin combo tool, a portable power unit, a sawzall, numerous hand tools, rope equipment for a simple haul system, SKED, LSP XP-1 (halfback) and (2)SCBA (Cairns Pioneer 30 min 4500psi). It also has a 12000lb front mounted winch.
The Rescue Services Unit is staffed by approx 20 highly trained members who are trained in a a number of specialties. Services provided include: Vehicle extrication, Technical (rope) rescue, Confined Space, Trench, Structural Collapse, Agricultural/Industrial, Fire-Rescue and Water (surface only).
The Rescue Services Unit operates 4 pieces of apparatus. A 1992 Mack MR / E-One 22' walk in rescue is the primary unit (unit# 4956). The truck has a 40kw PTO generator which supplies 12000w of fixed mount floodlighting and 5000w of portable lighting. 120/220 service is provided from outlets on the (2) 200' reels and on all four sides of the body. This apparatus carries the Hurst tools. There are 4 tools preconnected including spreader, cutter, combo tool and medium ram. Power is from A/C simo pumps. Also carried are 4 other rams, and an additional spreader as well as numerous accessories. A portable gas unit as well as a portable A/C unit are also carried to operate the tools at any distance from the truck. (2) Sawzalls (Porter-Cable) are preconnected with 100' cords and operate out of bumper trays. There is a 20" gas chainsaw, gas cutoff saw, 16" electric chainsaw, and a 7.5" circular saw. Airbags are carried in pairs from 1.5 tons to 74 tons and low pressure bags 5 ton set. Air tools include air chisels, air-gun 40, wizzer saw, impact guns, and tire chucks. Air supplied from on board compressor through 200' reels or from air cylinders with Paratech regulators. Cribbing is extenxive, including a large amount of 4x4 and 6x6 as well as long buttress cribbing. The unit carries half of the 42 paratech rescue support struts. There are 6 Cairns Pioneer 4500 SCBA with 45 min bottles, 4 Cairns Pioneer SABA with 15 min esacpe bottles. The SABA are linked to 2 Air supply carts with (4)200' tethers (containing air hose, communications cable, and lifeline). In addition there is a tripod, (2) victim masks and air line. A confined space air blower with accessories is also carried. Lockout-Tagout kit for entry into spaces as well. Rope gear is carried in (4)150 and (4)300' lengths with each bag containing specific amounts of hardware and software. Numerous other accessories are carried for rope operations. Patient retrieval devices include a steel basket stretcher, plastic basket stretcher, SKED, 1/2 SKED, LSP halfback, Backboards and scoop style stretcher. There are (1) 24', (1) 14' roof, and (1) 12' attic, fire service ladders as well as an 8' Little Giant Ladder. Entensice array of fire hooks from 3'-8', 16" smoke ejector, an extensive amount of hand tools including a very large supply of mechanics tools. A small amount of water rescue gear is carried on this unit. The truck also carries a 9000lb front winch with an A-Frame "crane" assembly.
Collapse and trench rescue equipment is carried on our Tactical Truck. This truck is a 1976 Ford L900 with a Hammerly 18' non-walk in body (unit# 4957). It carries 8 shoreform panels with attached uprights, a large number of 2x4, 2x6, 4x4, and 6x6 lumber in lengths fron 24"-12' as well as a large amount of different sized wedges, gusset plates and 2x4 scabs. 8 extra sheets of 3/4" plywood are also carried. There is a weelbarrow, hand truck cutting table and sawhorses. The other half of the Paratech Rescue Struts are carries as well. A Stanley Hydraulic pump powers a jack hammer, small chipping hammer, concrete chainsaw or submersible pump. There is also a gas powered diaphragm mud pump. A very extensive array of hand tools for shoring are carried. Both Trucks carry 5kw Honda generators as well.
The Water Rescue Team utilizes a modified 1985 Ford / Braun ambulance (unit# 4954) which carries drysuits, exposure suits, PFD's, Helmets water rescue rope in lengths of (2)150' to (2) 300', (1)1200'. There are many throw bags and a variety of other accessories to assist in water rescue operations including but not limited to inflatiblr fire hose, flashlites, cyalume light sticks, etc.
There is a 14' Quicksilver inflatable boat with 25hp outboard and solid floor (unit# marine 495). The boat is trailered and can be towed by the marine unit or the Special Operations Unit.
There is a Schoolbus converted to MCI / Rehab unit as well (unit# 4959). The Special operations unit is a 1992 Chevy Blazer with command console in the back (unit# 4958)
new and developing wesite address: http://www.blast.net/rescue49
Visit our neighboring rescue companies at:
Whitehouse EMS/Rescue (Rescue 22): http://www.blast.net/whrs
Clinton EMS/Rescue(Rescue 45): http://www.hunterdon-county.com/cfars
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06-11-1999, 07:09 PM #10firefighter60Firehouse.com Guest
Nice idea here. Well here goes with my department.
The Hookstown Volunteer Fire Department serves approximately 4,000 people over a 35 square mile area. We operate out of two stations with 35 members.
Unit #601- a 1250 gpm pumper carrying 1000 gallons of water on a Freightliner chassis and built by 4Guys.
Unit #604- a 250 gpm quick response unit carrying 250 gallons of water on a Chevy 1ton chassis. This unit is the first one out on car wrecks. Also carries two generators (a 2500 watt and a 3500 watt).
Unit #606- a 2000 gallon tanker with a 250 gpm pump, a 2500 gallon drop tank, built on a International chassis. This unit soon to be replaced by a 1999 Freightliner with a 2000 gallon tank and a 500 gpm pto pump.
Unit #607- a 1962 Ford pickup with a forestry skid unit installed. 250 gpm pump and 275 gallons of water.
Unit #609- a 15KW generator on a trailer.
Unit #602- a 1000gpm engine carrying 1000 gallons of water built on a GMC chassis. This unit also carries 1000' of 5" hose and the largest ladder in our department a 45' bangor ladder. ( should hear the guys complain on training night when we tell them we are having ladder practice!)
Also housed at Station #2 is an antique fire engine that we hope to restore. The engine was the first one that our department ever bought. It took three years to build (1938, 1939, and 1940). Once the truck is restored we will use it for parades and car shows only.
Our department averages 125 calls a year at this time but with the growth that is going on in the area that will increase. We are primarily a rural area right now but several areas are being sub-divided and housing is being built. We average about 20 to 25 new homes a year in our area and the pace is picking up.
06-12-1999, 11:23 AM #11DavidjbFirehouse.com Guest
My Department consists of about 25 members manning 2 Freightliner FL-70 pumpers a Gmc pump/tanker and a chevy forestry unit. We protect a population of about 7000 in a 35 square mile area and respond to an average of 350 calls per year.
We are a call department so we make a little money at it but it's not a major source of income and not why we are there.
For more info visit our web site at the link below.
David Brooks, Firefighter, D/O
Newmarket Fire Department
Newmarket, New Hampshire
06-12-1999, 05:50 PM #12Ed ShanksFirehouse.com Guest
OK, here's my department:
Boardman Township FD currently has 3 stations, numbered 1,3, and 4. 3 and 4 are one-truck stations, and #1 houses an engine, a rescue squad and a ladder. We're a combination department, with 30 career firefighters (10 per shift) and about 9 call-people (right now, this number varies).
We cover 25 square miles with 50,000 residents and a daytime population of over 100,000. (lots of shopping, light industry, etc.) Boardman is a suburb of Youngstown, OH, in NE Ohio. Last year we had 3000 calls, with about 2/3 of them being first-aid calls. We're First Responders, and a private ALS ambulance is sent on all our med calls. Our dispatch facility is a combination with our police, and is one of 7 PSAPs in the county. We have Enhanced 911.
The career guys are represented by IAFF Local 1176. The call personnel belong to the Boardman Volunteer Fire Company, and they have their own contract with the township.
I say "guys" and "personnel" because there are no women on the career ranks, but there are two on the call peoples'.
06-12-1999, 08:59 PM #13LT trk106Firehouse.com Guest
I,m from a combo. dept. in southwest lower Mi.We have 12 full-time members and a chief.We also have about 7 paid-on call reserves.We just got a chief back after 3 yrs. of a public saftey director who was a police officer. It didnt work for several reasons.We run about 330 fire calls per yr. We will be going first responders soon, so our runs will go up a bit.We run with 4 man crews at full strentgh, and 3 man crews as minimum.We send two trucks on all calls.Our reserves do not opperate equipment.We serve a population of 10,000 that doubles to 20,000 during the work day.We have a 1998 Pierce Qauntum rescue pumper as our lead eng. Second due is a 1974 A.L.F. 50' tele-squrt that lays the hydrant line.Our reserve eng. is a 1983 Pierce dash pumper. We have a great mutial-aid pact with our sister city across the river that also is a paid dept. Our local # is 1670.If anyone would like more info you can e-mail me at email@example.com
06-13-1999, 04:40 AM #14NathanFirehouse.com Guest
Hi From Sydney, Australia
The New South Wales Fire Brigades protects around 5,000,000 (5 Million) from a little over 330 stations. There are 3,000 career and 3,000 on call firefighters. The Brigade provides fire, rescue and hazmat protection in the cities and larger (+2,000) towns throughout the state of New South Wales.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service protects around 85% of the State's landmass with 2,500 stations and around 35,000 volunteer firefighters.
06-14-1999, 08:25 PM #15Dean C. OlsenFirehouse.com Guest
Greetings to all from Washington State.
I belong to a combination fire department in the City Of Arlington. Our department is made up of two full time chiefs, 17 full time firefighters, one paid secretary, and 32 part time on call personnel.
We operate in one of the fastest growing communitie in Snohomish County. Our city has a population of approximately 6,000 which has boomed from only 3,500 less than 5 years ago. We operate out of two stations, Station 46 and 47. At these two stations we respond with 4 engines, 1 75-foot aerial ladder quint, 1 medic unit, 2 aid cars, 1 medium rescue, 1 tender and an air unit. For more information you can see our web site at (http://beta.homestead.com/home1a329/pAGE1.html), be careful of the Caps, they are important. Sorry I can not figure out how to make the attachment.
Arlington is located 45 miles North of Seattle along the I-5 corridor. We have the third largest gathering of experimental aircraft in the country, every year in July. Our district covers an area of approximately 35 square miles, and a total population of approxiamtely 12,000. We have a diverse coverage of residential, comercial and industrial buildings. Our call volume has been on a steady increase along with the population, last year we answered over 1400 calls. This year we have taken over the Medic service from our local hospital and expect to have approximately 3,000 calls.
Our fire department started in 1905, and was 100 per cent volunteer until the year 1989, when the Chief was hired as the first full time employee. at that time we had approximately 350 calls a year.
Stay safe. Great idea for a forum.
Captain Dean C. Olsen
06-15-1999, 11:57 AM #16LedbellyFirehouse.com Guest
Ditto on the interesting topic...
Midland Fire Dept.
Midland, Tx is located midway between Dallas and El Paso, hence the name. The city has a population of around 100,000. We are only 20 miles from Odessa(100,000+ pop.) but it is in the next county and has it's own FD/EMS; however, the two cities are practically one large one, styled the "Petroplex". We are responsible for the entire ~900+ sq mile county and provide fire/EMS for same. (There are 2 small volunteer departments located in the county that supply mutual aid) This is the land of cattle, oil and cotton; although the face of the oil industry is changing, there are numerous light industries and production, shipping, pipeline, exploration, drilling and etc. companies. We have a quite large downtown area (for our size) with over 20 high-rise buildings; unfortunately, the railroad splits the town in half and lies only 1 block south of the downtown area and ships (almost exclusively) large amounts of petrochemical products daily.(!) We are also on the shipping route for the DOE's WIPP site in New Mexico (nuclear waste storage).
The Midland Fire Department has 9 stations, one of them being an ARFF station at the airport. We currently have 176 personnel; 160 of them in Suppression, divided into 3 shifts with 42 as our (daily) minimum-manning. Central Station (#1) has an engine co, Quint, 2500g pump-n-roll tanker, BC's surburban, EMS1, 85' Snorkel(manned on hi-rise alarms), 100' Ladder (seldom used) and a reserve EMS unit and tanker. Stations 2, 3, 6 and 8 also have EMS units along with engine companies. Stations 4 and 9 have only an engine co. Station 5, centrally located, has an engine co and Rescue which carries jaws, saws, air, ropes, thermal camera, etc. Station 7 is the ARFF and has 4 men for 3 CFR Oshkosh trucks and a reserve powder truck. We (only recently!) run 3 man engine companies, Rescue has 2 men and Quint (usually) has 4. The EMS units respond with their respective engines to fire calls to satisfy manpower needs. We are in the process of putting our first dedicated Truck Co in service, where those jobs were previously done by the engine companies.
The majority of our engines are 1250gpm pumpers w/500g tanks...we do have several 1500gpm'ers and a few 750g tanks. All engines (and Quint) now carry up to 1300' of 5" LDH, 800' of 3" w/150' of 2.5" attack line and two crosslays of 1.75" attack line. We typically have only one portable radio per engine which the officer carries; we have just received(Aug 99) new Scott airpacks including personal masks for all. As of 1984, all personnel are required to be EMT-B and (without looking) I would guess that about 45-55% are EMT-P. We respond to 10,000+ fire/EMS calls yearly. (depatment-wide)
Check out the web page at: www.ci.midland.tx.us/FireDept/default.htm
Captain Lee Wise
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06-15-1999, 05:14 PM #17Danny BeebeFirehouse.com Guest
I am the chief of a small Department in the Ozark Mountains of Northern Arkansas. We cover about 75 square miles with a population of about 3000 or so.We have six vehicles.Engine number one is a 1978 1000 gpm Pierce. Engine number two ia a 1982 1250 gpm Grumman and Engine number three is a 1998 1250 gpm E- One. We also have 2 forestry trucks and a van that we use for a command vehicle and a first responder truck.
We have teams of firefighters that are trained in high angle,swift water and confined space recue. Since we have the teams trainined we have had no such incidents and that is okay with us but living in the mountians by a nationally known trout stream running through our town there is a good chance that someday we will be called upon. We did have a few such calls before we took the traing which we were able to handle succesfully but with the traing and special equipment it will go better the next time.
I have 22 very dedicated men and women on my department.
We recently dropped our ISO rating to a 5. WOW!!
We are also waiting the arrival of a new 2000 gallon tanker to add to our fleet.
Danny Beebe , Chief
Calico Rock Volunteer FD
06-15-1999, 07:09 PM #18AffFirehouse.com Guest
Oakdale is a paid on call department with 2 stations, full time Chief, and 55 firefighter/EMT's. We provide fire, rescue, and EMS for 24,000+ customers on the east side of St. Paul, MN. This year we will run approx. 1600 calls. The Chief,
deputy Chief, and both Dist. Chiefs have vehicles. Equipment is spread out as such:
North Station 1
1500 gallon pumper/tanker
Light rescue with extrication and rescue equipment
South Station 2 (headquarters)
All are trianed at HazMat operations with 4 at Technitian level, 2 Divers, BTLS/IV, and various med variances.
06-16-1999, 12:04 AM #19SCFF2304Firehouse.com Guest
Ok, here's my dept profile
Chapin Area Fire Service
part of the Lexington County Fire Service, located in the midlands of SC. 3 stations, 54 personnel, 7 paid, 47 vol.
E111 - 1500 gpm/ 1000 gal jet dump pumper, 1200 ft 5" hose
E112 - 1000 gpm/ 750 gal pumper
E113 - 750 gpm/500 gal pumper
T114 - 450 gpm/ 1500 gal jey dump tanker
ST11 - F-450 with service body / light rescue
BT11 - 150 gpm / 300 gal 4x4 brush truck
E221 - 1250 gpm / 1000 gal jet dump pumper, 1200 ft 5" hose
T223 - 450 gpm / 1500 gal jet dump tanker
ST22 - C-20 4dr pickup, 4 bottle air cascade
E231 - 1250 gpm/ 1000 gal jet dump pumper, 1250 ft 5" hose
T234 - 500 gpm/ 1500 gal jet dump tanker
ST23 - c-30 4x4, 12 kw pto drive generater, light towers
we run approx 450 calls a year between the 3 stations,stricktly fire and rescue, no EMS, and provide and recieve mutual aid with Columbia-Richland Fire Services, and the Newberry County Fire Departments.
06-16-1999, 12:14 AM #20fyrescueFirehouse.com Guest
Hello from Chittenango, NY. We are an all volunteer department with 35 members working out of one station. We protect a population of approx. 15000 in a suburban/rural setting.
Our current fleet consists of the following:
681 (Engine 1) 1250 gpm center mount pumper, equipped with an Amkus rescue tool and EMS equipment.
682 (Engine 2) 1500 gpm pumper/tanker. Currently being replaced with a new 1750 gpm pumper/tanker which will serve as our water supply truck and mutual aid vehicle.
685 (Rescue 1)
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