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Posted: Sep 15, 2021

Westwood (KY) VFD Welcomes Fire Apparatus

The Westwood Volunteer Fire Department has welcomed a Freightliner pumper/tanker to the fleet, reports The Daily Independent.

The fire department posted to Facebook, “Our new Engine 51 made its first working fire this morning. Thanks to our mutual aid companies on scene…Summit-Ironville and Flatwoods.”

The truck specs include: 1,800 gallons of water, a 14-inch nut valve on the back and a 1,500-gallon-per-minute pump and 380-horsepower motor. The truck’s bed can contain 1,000 feet of 5-inch hose or 500 feet of 2 1/2.

The fire department took a mortgage out on the building instead of financing the truck, and it will pay $3,600 a month on the truck until it’s paid off.

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Posted: Sep 15, 2021

Schneider Springs Fire Update

The Schneider Springs Fire continues to produce more than its share of smoke as it burns northwest of Yakima. Although the area experienced windy conditions yesterday and overnight there was no unexpected fire activity. Fire officials are expecting most of the activity today in the northeast portion of the blaze, near the community of Cliffdell.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 1:22:17 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560 Wenatchee
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Posted: Sep 15, 2021

East Jefferson emergency responders pause to remember 9/11

PHOTOS: Members from East Jefferson’s police, fire, and EMS ranks gathered on Saturday to hold a moment of silence for the 20-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. At exactly 8:46 a.m., the personnel held a moment of silence to honor service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect and rescue victims of the terrorist attacks.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 1:05:27 PM - SOURCE: Port Townsend Leader
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Posted: Sep 15, 2021

Lowell (MA) Fire Stations Need at Least $9.4M in Repairs

The eight active fire stations and training center in Lowell (MA) require a minimum of about $9.4 million in necessary repairs to optimize department functions, reports lowellsun.com.

A report on station repairs identified $535,670 in critical repairs that were to be done between fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2022—with only $530,000 in available department capital funds, the report says. The needs include asbestos removal, water heater replacements, and structural assessments and upgrades at multiple fire houses; officials say those are the tip of the iceberg with regards to the overall needs.

One station—the 146-year-old facility on Gorham Street—has numerous problems, such as asbestos and apparatus floor deterioration, the report says. Officials add that, besides a roof and boiler, the station hasn’t been upgraded since the FDR Administration (1933-1945).

Officials say they’re hopeful about the possibility of using some of the city’s nearly $76 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to address some of the needs. They add that some of the items that are linked directly to health and safety—ventilation in stations, etc.—may be eligible expenses under ARPA, but many of the infrastructure needs are not.

Another possibility, they note, is that a portion of marijuana excise tax revenue, put into a special fund for the repair of municipal facilities, could be used.

The goal, the report says, is to get through as many of the priority items as possible between fall and spring, with fire and town officials meeting often to ensure progress is being made.

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Posted: Sep 15, 2021

VIDEO: Mount Olive (NC) Fire Department’s Two New Pierce Engines Arrive

The Mount Olive (NC) Fire Department recently took hold of two new Pierce engines.

“We are grateful for the support from everyone in our community, members of the fire department, and Atlantic Emergency Solutions,” the department wrote on Facebook. “These trucks will be a great asset to our community.”

The next step is for crew members to train on them and then the apparatus will be put into service.

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