Squad 31's Pumps are Always Ready
Our Squad 31 vehicle is a vital part of our firefighting team. With its 300 gallon tank and 1000 gallon per minute pump, it provides additional support on scene for water supply to fight fires. As with all our equipment, it receives annual testing of its systems. Here are some photos of last Saturday's pump testing.
Photos Courtesy of John Ryals and Dave Kappler
Making sure our equipment is always ready to protect you and your property
Our firefighters were out today testing Engine One's pumps. We keep all our equipment in tip top shape, ready to be called into action in the event of an emergency.
Photos Courtesy of Firefighter John Ryals
September Training... "Drafting"
Each year our FGFD conducts mandated "Drafting" exercises. Drafting is a procedure whereby we can utilize standing water to fight fires when hydrants are not available. Our crews and 4 of our engines participated in this years drill. Thanks to firefighter John Rayls for these photos.
We PLAN and PLAN and then we PLAN some more!
Recently, Bruce Pylant, our Chaplain and the department's Fire Prevention Officer, gave a presentation to the FGFD membership on just what goes into a Pre-Fire plan. It is the purpose of a Pre-Fire plan to document the layout of every commercial and public building so that, in the event of an emergency, the fire officer who is in command of the incident will have as much pertinent information available as possible. This includes hazardous materials, unique dangers, entry/access, utility shut-offs, and emergency contact persons.
From the Druid Family Pool to Westminster Church and from the Dorchester Cart Barn to the CMC Wellness Center every building and facility is reviewed. With this info, the responders are better equipped to safely protect life and property. Don Arbuckle has devised an amazing program, which allows easy access to these forms by the officers of the department. The PRE-Fire plan information is updated regularly. The Fairfield Glade Fire Department is nearing the conclusion of a massive redesign for the Pre-fire plans and hopes to finish it by the end of 2021.
Assembling this information takes countless hours of documentation and interviews to accumulate, collate and catalog.
So now you have a better understanding of just one of the many "behind the scenes" actions your FGFD performs to protect YOU!
A special ‘thank you’ to the Fire Prevention team: Bruce Pylant, Ray Kratt, Gary and Josephine Cassidy
As always, we appreciate everyone's continued support of these efforts.
May 4th Storm Damage
Cleanup has begun. Special thanks to contributors, Bob Templin, Jim Etzel, and Scott Tubandt for some photos of the devastation.
A lightning strike in this back yard burned tree roots underground.
Downed trees blocked several roads including Forest Hill and Mariner Drive.
This big guy went down in a backyard on Lake Dartmoor.
This is a 24 foot pontoon boat AND its dock that were ripped from the shore by the EF-0 storm. Luckily, some neighbors got together to lasso the flotilla and secure it before it could damage other docks and boats.
This utility pole and along with its transformer were sheared off in the storm. Thanks to quick action by VEC the pole was replaced and power restored by the end of day on Tuesday.
No tree was too big to bow to the high winds. Jo Templin models the size of this one.
This branch narrowly missed a house on Forest Hill. Other houses weren't so lucky.
This 100 foot plus giant went down on Brae number 2. Damage to trees like this one has forced the closure of the Brae for two days while crews effect cleanup.
It's a big job but the FGFD loves to help. We lend our equipment and expertise every year to filling the swimming pool at Druid Hills.
Town Hall Meeting
A big thank you to our presenters and to everyone who attended.
Fire Department Boot Drive a Success!
Volunteers from the Fairfield Glade Fire Department conducted a "Boot Drive" at Food City on Saturday November 21. The purpose of the drive was to collect funds to replace those donations that are usually collected at the department's Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast events have been cancelled this year due to the restrictions posed by COVID-19. A special thanks goes out to our community members for their continued support of the departments efforts to keep our lives and our property safe. THANK YOU FAIRFIELD GLADE!!!
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.