Keeping Our Equipment Ready for Emergencies
Your Fairfield Glade Fire Department is constantly working to have our personnel and our equipment ready for any and all emergencies. We were busy the week of December 10th. We conducted hose testing on December 10th at the First Baptist Church and pump testing at Lake Oxford on the 13th. The process of hose testing consists of deploying thousands of feet of 5 inch and 3 inch hose. We pressurize the hoses to check for leaks, weakness in hose walls and any other damage that would compromise the integrity of the hose. This testing requires an "all hands on deck" response to deploy and then reload the thousands of feet of hose. It takes the entire parking lot of the First Baptist church to deploy these hoses. The FGFD thanks the First Baptist Church for cooperation in allowing us to use their facility for this vital exercise. Click on any image to expand it.
After we test the hoses, we have to test our pumps. So our crack engineering crew headed to Lake Oxford to run the tests. The pump testing consists of siphoning water from the lake, bringing the pumps up to pressure and shooting the water back into the lake. Click on any image to expand it.
11/19/22 BOOT DRIVE at Food City
FGFD Thanks You
For those who stopped by, said hi, and generously donated to the department at our Boot Drive last Saturday, we want to say thank you.
Your generosity and continued support of our program is greatly appreciated. The safety and service we provide to the community 365/24/7 would be impossible without your support.
For those who could not make it to the Boot Drive, it’s not too late.
You can donate to the department 3 ways:
1. You can mail a check to
Fairfield Glade Fire Department
Fairfield Glade, TN 38558
2. You can bring your check to Station 1 7258 Peavine. If the office is closed, we have a convenient “Drop Box” located on the office door.
3. You can click on the “Donate” button above and that will take you to PayPal.
For those writing checks, please note in the memo section if you wish your monies to go to the “Fire Truck Fund” or the “General Fund.”
We gratefully acknowledge your generosity!
Continued Training to Keep Us All Safe
This week saw another round of training for your Fairfield Glade Fire Department personnel. The first exercise of the week took place Wednesday night at Station 1 with our dedicated staff receiving on-going training in the use and maintenance of our SCBA equipment. For those of you that don’t know, SCBA stands for self-contained breathing apparatus. This is one of the firefighter’s most important pieces of equipment. The SCBA is the foundational tool that provides the greatest amount of airway protection from toxic gas and harmful particulates resulting from a fire. It’s essential for modern firefighting and today’s complex fire grounds. In addition to providing air to the firefighter, these devices also include alarm technology that notifies others when a firefighter is not moving. No motion is the first sign of a firefighter in trouble.
Instructor and veteran firefighter Kurt Wehrmann took our members through all aspects of the equipment. From assembly and maintenance through donning and doffing.
The second phase of this week’s training took place the following Saturday at a vacant house used for training purposes. With a smoke machine, officers flooded the structure with smoke, replicating the environment of a real fire. Smoking makes visibility inside the structure impossible. With the dense smoke in place, two-man teams then entered the house and performed a maneuver known as “Right Hand Search.” The primary search is the most critical and potentially the most dangerous task that is performed on the fireground. The primary search’s first and most important factor is completing the mission objective of locating victims and hopefully the seat of the fire. The search is performed while crawling through the structure and using the right hand to identify obstacles and to also identify victims who may still be inside. To provide the highest level of safety for the responders, both firefighters in the two-man team are in constant physical contact while conducting the search.
By continually refreshing and practicing our techniques and maintaining our expertise with our equipment we can continue to provide the best first responder experience to Fairfield Glade Residents.
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Kurt Wehrmann delivers important live saving info on the SCBA.
Sharon Ricciardo assembles her SCBA under the watchful eye of veteran Firefighter Charles Licht.
Firefighters prepare to enter the scene
Firefighters enter the “Smoke House”
FGFD July 9th Training...
Your FGFD was hard at work this morning perfecting the art of "Drafting." Drafting is a practice of drawing water from lakes and streams when there is no other water source to fight a fire. It's an exiting thing to witness, but more importantly, it demonstrates the many varied and complex skills it takes to be a firefighter protecting our community.
Your Dedicated FGFD Firefighters conduct training in all weather.
While you were home keeping warm, the FGFD was training... In the SNOW! Today's training was search and recovery. In the video below, deputy Chief Chris Young instructs trainees in the art of Right Hand Search. In this first run through, firefighters are working without smoke to become accustomed to the technique. There will be a second run through during which the facility will be smoke filled with zero visibility.
Firefighters: Are They the Ones Who Need Saving?
As the siren blared, the fire trucks barrel down the highway in hopes of saving the beloved members of their community. At any given moment, firefighters face more traumatic scenes than imaginable. Many people do not realize the toll these scenes take on an individual's mental health, and luckily, a vast majority of people do not face them in their lifetime. For others, they see these scenes every day. The mental trauma these scenes pose on firefighters are often experiences these brave men and women spend a lifetime dealing with. Regardless of professional help or other methods of emotional efforts of healing, the scenes they see ultimately leads to various amounts of depression or stress, which leads to suicide or suicidal thoughts. This plague torments many first responders, and it is important for these brave men and women to find ways to cope in order to deal with their traumatizing mental experiences.
When the brave firefighters get called, they know not what is ahead. That is something the general public finds difficult, but for these firefighters, this is an everyday experience. Not knowing what is happening next, often causes firefighters to show symptoms of depression because of the constant sense of anxiety. According to Fire Engineering, depression rates found in firefighters were found to be five times higher than the rates in the regular civilization population. (Wilson, 1) Anxiety plagues many individuals around the world, but it is an everyday experience for firefighters. Without proper ways to cope with the repercussions of anxiety and depression, many other, commonly worse, emotional-related illnesses arise in addition to depression because of anxiety, the overall stress of the job is enough to inflict many mental issues upon an individual. Many people handle stress on their own by doing everyday chores, keeping their minds busy with projects, or spending time with their loved ones. For firefighters specifically, these options are not available because of their long work schedules and on-call responsibilities. In many instances, this takes a toll on firefighters, and many studies show a spike in the number of firefighters resorting to drinking in order to cope. A study, outlined in "Firefighters and Addiction" by Drug Rehab, found that fourteen percent of firefighters participated in hazardous drinking, and fifty-eight percent participated in binge drinking. (Tagliareni, 1) Not only is this a dangerous coping mechanism, but the individuals do not solve their problems; it simply aids in forgetting the experiences witnessed throughout their shifts.
Likewise, the experiences firefighters witness causes them to ultimately experience many of the symptoms of mental deprivation in many different magnitudes. If any of these symptoms become experienced at the same time, any person expects to possess mental issues. In 2019, deaths by suicides in firefighters constituted thirty percent more deaths than the ones in the line of duty, according to Fire Engineering. (Wilson, 1) For firefighters, suicide, or suicidal thoughts, commonly occur throughout the industry. For many, the resources for help are available, but it is often frowned upon given the profession. Given that only forty percent of all suicides were reported in 2019, according to Fire Engineering, this proves few firefighters seek help before it is too late. (Wilson, 1)
In order to overcome this issue, ways to help are available; coincidentally, a firefighter overcomes this issue with a great support system, such as friends, family, and coworkers.
However, the first step in helping firefighters is to look for the warning signs. These signs are substance abuse, isolation from others, extreme mood swings, and talking about being trapped and wanting to commit suicide. The second step is the final step, talk to them and get them the help they need. Finding the proper help is crucial for firefighters' personal health because mis-assigning the proper aid, makes their situations worse, increasing their symptoms. The way firefighters deserve to be remembered is not by the horrible scenes they see, but by the outcomes of the people they save. As a veteran firefighter reported in "Silent Suffering: Firefighting and Depression" once said, "The most challenging part of the job is seeing things the human minds were not designed to see. That is the most frustrating and mentally challenging thing about being a firefighter." (Staff, 1) This calls for new outlets for firefighters to find the help they need to continue to serve the community. These important members of society are crucial to ensuring a safe community for everyone because in the moment of crisis, these are the first people there to help. Therefore, instead of waiting on them to save the members of the community, it is time for the members of the community to stand up to save the firefighters.
"Firefighters and Addiction." Drug Rehab
"It Could Never Happen Here: PREVENTING Suicides in the Volunteer Fire Department." Fire Engineering, 13 Dec. 2020, https://www.fireengineering.com/health-safety/it-could never-happen-here-preventing-suicides-in-the-volunteer-fire-department/#gref.
"Silent Suffering: Firefighting and Depression." IAFFRecoveryCenter.com, 14 Feb. 2020, https://www.iaffrecoverycenter.com/blog/silent-suffering-firefighting-depression/.
New Recruit Training
Training has begun for seven new recruits to the FFG Fire Department. This past Saturday our new recruits, as part of the 70 hours of training required to become a firefighter, they participated in fire extinguisher training. This includes the various types of extinguishers and their intended use. Specific kinds of fires require a specific type of extinguisher be used to fight it. Check out the pictures below to see the various types of extinguishers in action.
Another Saturday... Another Training Day
On February 12th, more than 20 members of the FGFD worked hard training at Station 1. The day was spent reviewing safety procedures on donning equipment, the assembly, safety features and alarms and use of our air packs, the filling of air pack bottles, and of course, the maintenance of our vehicles. We followed this with some exercise on the track... in full gear. That'll get the heart pumping. We put a little presentation together to demonstrate some of the activities of the day. We included a picture of our new Incident Command Vehicle, which adds another layer of efficiency to our emergency management capability. Click on the short video below to sample our work for the day.
FGFD... Working Hard to keep us safe!
Training to keep you SAFE!
To become a firefighter, our members must complete more than 70 hours of training. In order to maintain their firefighter status they must also complete 40 additional hours of training annually. Our crews inspect and test all apparatus and equipment once a month. Additionally, we conduct training sessions on the 2nd Saturday of every month, RAIN, SNOW or SHINE. This past Saturday, in the snowy cold was no exception. We work tirelessly to protect your lives and your property. We appreciate your support.
Your FGFD... Always at the ready to protect and serve.
Continuous Equipment Testing ensures readiness!
From the Chief...
On December 4th and 18th your Fairfield Glade Volunteer Fire Department tested all the hose on their trucks. This is a long process during in which each and every hose is taken off of every truck tested and then put back on. I would like to thank all the members that helped and I appreciate all of their hard work.
I would like to especially Thank Pastor Doug Elders and the members of The First Baptist Church for their generosity and support by letting us use their parking lot.
Wishing Everyone have A Safe and Healthy New Year.
“While you are sleeping your Fairfield Glade Fire Department volunteers their time 24/7 to protect all community members. This sunrise scene is at a recent Medivac from Dartmoor dam. Please consider making a donation to this vital organization this holiday season! You can mail a donation payable to
FGFD, P.O. Box 1547, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558;
or you can drop off donations anytime at the FGFD station on Peavine Rd; or by
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.