Each year, our board sends out a letter telling our community what we’ve been up to, thanking you all for your support, and reminding everyone to stay safe. A PDF version of this year’s letter is available here.
Come to our Clam Bake Fundraiser event!
Saturday, Oct 12th, 5–7 PM
Dover Town Hall
Lobsters, steamers, steak, sides
$30.00 per person
RSVP before October 7th
Contact Randy at 348-7977
We will also be holding a raffle for one Mt. Snow Nor’Easter unlimited season pass 2013–2014. Only 75 tickets will be sold for $20.00 each, and the drawing will take place at 7 PM.
Texting while driving is extremely dangerous. This film by acclaimed director Werner Herzog should be required viewing for anybody with a driver’s license. Please take the time to watch it.
High to very high fire danger will continue tomorrow 5/3. Clear skies, low humidity, and light winds will keep critically dry fuels dry. Due to the abundance of dry fuels, any ignition source will start a fire requiring suppression. This period of dry weather is expected to continue until next week. Open burning statewide is not recommended until significant rain occurs.
Brush Fires Can Be Dangerous, press release from the VT Dept. of Forests, Parks, & Recreation
URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE from Vermont DPS Division of Fire Safety
Last night we conducted another in a series of training drills focused on our core skills. Each participant had to breach a section of drywall and pass through a standard 16 inch wall stud gap while in full turnout gear and breathing from an air pack. What part of you goes through first? How do you make adjustments when you get stuck? Did you check the floor is solid before you crawl through?
See the Photos as Assistant Chief Logan, Captain Jason, and Trainee Wendy break on through to the other side. (The photo above is our Chief Jon making good time with a flat head axe.)
A good exercise for the seasoned and the trainee. It’s rare we need to break a wall to get out of a bad situation, but this is a good tool to have ready in case we need it. We discussed alternatives in case you’re not carrying a tool, and different wall constructions that hamper breaching.
In the past couple months we’ve worked on zero visibility search/rescue, ladder entry and bailout, and controlling class B fires with extinguishers. This program is strengthening our foundation skill set, making us safer and more effective. Thanks Jon and Logan for organizing these sessions.
Weather favorable to ticks, and new diseases, indicate extra caution this hunting season. This report from WCAX in Burlington discusses tick population trends and a malaria-like disease called Babesiosis. Please check carefully for ticks, and seek medical treatment as appropriate.
We’ve added a photos page to our site, in the list of links to the left. These photos come from our Facebook site (please don’t forget to “like” us if you’re a Facebook user!)
The Windham County Firefighter’s Association will be hosting an Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Safety Class, Saturday, October 20th, at 0900 hours in Wilmington. Please RSVP with Michelle Barrows at 802-579-1474.
Thanks to the Dover Elementary School, Kids in the Country daycare, and our brothers with the West Dover Fire Department for supporting our fire prevention school visit. We suited up for the kids, showed off our new thermal imaging camera, and had a great discussion of what they should do in a fire with special emphasis on this year’s theme of “two ways out”.
We’d also to compliment the Washington State Dept of Social and Health Services for the following excellent video. Essential for all children and their caregivers.