Square dance this Saturday

The East Dover Fire Department is putting on a square dance on Saturday 4/16/2016 at the Town Hall. This is not a fundraiser—it’s just to get out and have a good time because this strange winter is presumably over, and to thank our community for all the support.

For those who didn’t grow up here, you may not know that the Dept had a long history of hosting dances from its early beginnings when the dances helped pay for the first firetruck. This tradition lapsed before I appeared in 2009. Alan Bills of Wardsboro (Bills Lumber, The Bills Band) used to call dances for us in the past, and he is with us in hoping this tradition will endure.

If you’re like me and have not participated in a square dance since high school, DONT FREAK OUT! Alan will coach us through it, and we’re going to have a famous time.

Sticky Fingers has kindly volunteered to provide some delicious sweets to follow our simple fare of hot dogs and beverages. Thank you Heather and Dave!

The dance starts at 6pm, so feel free to bring kids. They will show us how it’s done!

The 2014 Clam Bake Fundraiser is almost here!

Saturday, Oct 4th, 5–7 PM
Dover Town Hall
Lobsters, steamers, steak, sides
Kids menu dogs & burgers $5.00
$30.00 per adult

RSVP before October 1st
Contact Randy at 348-7977

As we did last year, we’ll be holding a raffle for one Mt. Snow Nor’Easter unlimited season pass 2014–2015. This is a pass with no blackout dates! Only 75 tickets will be sold, for $20.00 each. The drawing will take place on November 4th after the town election.

This year’s annual Department letter

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.

Clam Bake Fundraiser

Come to our Clam Bake Fundraiser event!

Saturday, Oct 12th, 5–7 PM
Dover Town Hall
Lobsters, steamers, steak, sides
Kids menu
$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.

Must see short video on texting while driving

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.

Dry Conditions – Outdoor Fire Risk

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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

Wall Breaching Drill

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.

If you think this looks like fun, you’re right! We are always looking for new members, and we provide the training and equipment, so give us a call.

New Tick Troubles in Vermont

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.

Photos page

photo sampleWe’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!)

Keeping an eye on the storm

Hurricane Sandy is making its way up the coast, and we’re keeping tabs on it. You can watch it on the Weather.com hurricane tracker, and check our local NOAA forecast.