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Posted: Feb 23, 2018

Burning fiscal questions consume Brewster Fire Department

Now the department has its own fiscal fire to put out.

With the rising cost of operations and the high cost of firefighting equipment, village officials are concerned about the future of the department. Vehicles and gear need to be replaced within the next three to five years, and it is unclear how the village will pay for it.

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Posted: Feb 23, 2018

Cancer: Asheville firefighters face job danger even deadlier than fire

The National Fire Protection Association reissued its “NFPA 1500,” a national code of standard for decontaminating gear, in response to the cancer crisis, Tyson said.

“Although these are considered standards, the reality is many fire departments say they are guidelines and don’t follow them.”

Skyland and Asheville fire departments, however, are falling in line. Cole said all firefighters must now do a quick decontamination as soon as they clear a fire, using baby wipes to clean their faces, heads, hands and necks, hosing off their uniforms, and bagging them up for the ride back in the truck.

Once back at the station, uniforms – pants and coat weighing about 50 pounds – are placed in an “extractor,” basically a commercial grade washing machine and dryer, before a firefighter can wear them again. The drawback is time – it can take four hours to clean one set. Cole said he hopes to have a second set for everyone within five years.

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Posted: Feb 23, 2018

Used 100-foot ladder truck 'a safety enhancement for our firefighters'

The ladder truck is equipped with a built-in piping extending the length of the 100-foot ladder, eliminating the need for a firefighter to haul hose up two or three stories to reach the roof. It also comes with a half-dozen ground ladders.

He called the piece of equipment in Lexington “a tremendous bargain” and cited other used ladder trucks on the market as ranging from $42,000 for a slightly older vehicle to $240,000 for a newer model. A new custom ladder truck can cost a fire department up to $900,000.

Gallagher said he talked to the apparatus company that serviced the vehicle and confirmed it has been regularly maintained and in good condition.

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Posted: Feb 23, 2018

New fire truck comes from donated funds

This new state-of-the-art Engine 1 will take the place of Engine 7, which has served the community for the past 33 years. The funding for this engine was provided by a generous grant of $434,087 from the William N. Pennington Foundation in Reno.  The William N. Pennington Foundation was formed by the late William N. Pennington, a gaming industry pioneer and philanthropist, providing grants to primarily Northern Nevada based organizations in the area of Education, Community Services, Health Care, and Medical Research.
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Posted: Feb 23, 2018

Repairs coming to New Rochelle Fire Station #2

Proposal items outline a floor-to-ceiling renovation, remodeling the firehouse bay to handle bulky trucks, waterproofing the building’s exterior, replacing part of the roof and installing a new heating and ventilation system.

Built in the early 1920s during the “horse and buggy" days, Fire Chief Lou DiMeglio said the aging firehouse is not made to house today’s trucks. Years of use have worn tire-width grooves into the floor, which sags under the weight of the trucks.

“It’s in bad shape, let’s put it that way,” DiMeglio said.

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