Your "Always Learning" FGFD was hard at work this past Saturday soaking up some HAZMAT training and soaking down a car fire. Our newly minted Captain, Tim Malone gave his class information on containing a HAZMAT emergency. We have a number of gasoline filling stations in the Glade, all of which are potential HAZMAT emergencies. Your FGFD stays on top of the latest techniques to combat these emergencies and protect your life and property.
Car fires are always a possibility. Your FGFD team is regularly practicing the best way to combat these fires. It is also a great opportunity to allow the team to handle different size hoses. These firefighting hoses, when charged with high pressure water take several team members to handle them.
Did You Know About DRAFTING?
As part of the FGFD's efforts to keep our ISO rating low, the department conducts ISO mandated "Drafting Exercises" annually. You need water to fight fires. What better way to get that water than from one of our 11 lakes. The ability to do this is very helpful fighting wildfires in locations that may not be served by any of our more than 400 fire hydrants. This year the department chose Lake Oxford for the exercise. In the exercise our team places a siphon in the lake and pumps water into a fire engine and uses the engines water pumping system to add pressure so that the water can get to the fire. For this exercise, we discharge the water back into the lake. Our Chief Engineer, Ron Burchette, overseas the engineers performing the pressure tests. Enjoy the photos below compliments of Public Information Officer, Dan Wind and Director, Cyd Riede.
Loading our NEW 5 Inch hose onto Engine 1
Battling the rain the almost unbearable heat while carrying over 50 lbs of gear takes a lot dedication and our FGFD firefighters have it. This months training was at the FGFD facility inside the friendly confines of what we like to call
"The Hot Box."
Always Learning, Always Training...
Your FGFD Firefighter Team continues their training to protect you, your family and your PROPERTY. Take a look at what they reviewed in July.
Chief Engineer, Ron Burchette reviews the equipment on our, newly returned to service, "Squad 31." Fully ISO compliant, our Squad 31 adds a great fire firefighting tool to the FGFD's FIRST CLASS Fire Protection arsenal.
Everyone gets a chance to "wrangle" the "anaconda of hoses"... the 5 inch. Handling this baby when its "charged" is not for the faint of heart!
Safety Officer, Jeff Ongemach, reviews the rescue equipment on the FGFD Polaris "Search and Rescue" vehicle.
FGFD Hydrant Crew at Work
Bill Andrews checks the hydrant's FLOW pressure
Gary Morrison checks the hydrant's STATIC and RESIDUAL pressure.
Bob Jasak paints the hydrant a color that signifies what level of water pressure the hydrant can deliver.
Red = up to 500 gpm (gallons per minute)
Orange = 500 to 999 gpm
Green = 1000 to 1499 gpm
Blue = Greater than 1500 gpm
Chuck Buck lubricates the hydrant's valve opening mechanism, assuring easy operation in a fire emergency.
Ed Ostrowski and Jay Damron "flush" a hydrant. Flushing removes sediment that builds up in the hydrant over time. In case of a fire emergency, this sediment, if left unchecked, would make its way into the fire engine's pumping system damaging it.
Ed and Jay lubricate the "pumper caps." Making these covers easy to remove reduces the time it takes to get an engine connected to the vital water source needed to fight the fire.
Special Thanks to all who volunteered to raise money for the FGFD
at our booth at the Art Guild Fair.
June 13, 2020 Training
Our members working hard to stay at the top of their game for your protection.
In honor of all those practicing safe distancing during the pandemic, our very own SPARKY* is sporting a mask, like a good neighbor should. Our Sparky was acquired during the Chief Howard Robb administration by FGFD Engineer Gary Storer who received it as a donation by Joe Scooter of Landscape Solutions. FGFD Engineer Chris Rhind painted Sparky. Chris and Engineer Bob Tavernier made the base where Sparky sits 24/7. So, why a Dalmatian? Read on!
The tradition of Dalmatians in firehouses dates back more than a century. Nowadays they mainly serve as mascots, but before fire trucks had engines, Dalmatians played a vital role every time firefighters raced to a blaze.
Dalmatians would run alongside horses, keeping pace even when sprinting long distances. The dogs would even defend the horses from other dogs or animals that could spook or attack the horses during the ride.
Dalmatians often ran in pairs, with one on either side of the coach, or close behind the horses. English aristocrats during the early 1700s were among the first known to use Dalmatians to accompany their carriages, according to Trevor J. Orsinger's book, "The Firefighter's Best Friend: Lives and Legends of Chicago Firehouse Dogs."
The use of Dalmatians carried over to the horse-drawn wagons that firefighters rode to the scene of a fire.
* Sparky is a registered trademark of the NFPA
Fairfield Glade Fire Department
Always Learning - Always Training
Every month the firefighter of the FGFD participate in training. All aspects of fire fighting and rescue are covered. All firefighters must be certified. Here are some photos of our recent training session.