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Posted: Jan 16, 2019

Inside a Historic Washington DC Fire Station

 
 
 

The current fire engine simply has “Columbia” painted on the front — a nod to the company’s roots, which trace back to the volunteer Columbia Fire Company, which was created in 1804. And the fire company’s history is intertwined with American history.

“During the War of 1812, when the British attacked the capital, they actually burned our first firehouse down first, before they started burning the capital down,” said veteran firefighter Margie Dickey, who’s spent her entire career at Engine 3. “So if you take the firehouse out of the picture you have more success with your other endeavors.”

“The volunteer firefighters begged the British not to burn the firehouse down because it didn’t belong to the government. It was privately owned,” Embrey added. “But the British said ‘Maybe so, but it’s on government property, so it’s gone.’”

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Posted: Jan 16, 2019

Davis (CA) Firefighters Retiring Fire Apparatus Hit by Bullets

 
 

Davis firefighters were on the scene of the traffic collision when that opened fire, killing a police officer. The firefighters said they could feel the bullets whizzing by them that night.

Acting fire chief Dennis Reilly showed the fire truck inside a City of Davis fleet garage. This fire truck serves as a symbol for the terrifying night that Davis will never forget. Because of the memories it brings back, Reilly said the firetruck will not be put back in service. They plan to retire it for good.

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Posted: Jan 16, 2019

Rough Estimates for Greenfield (MA) Fire Station

 
 

The preliminary numbers given to Mayor William Martin state the fire station as planned could come in, at its highest range, between $8 to $10 million. Cutting the cost to taxpayers could be a $2.3 million grant for hazardous waste cleanup of the site, Martin said. This means the upper range could drop to $5.7 to $7.7 million.   

In December, city officials indicated the new fire station might cost about $12 million, based on numbers extrapolated from a failed public safety complex proposal. This number is no longer being used by the mayor. 

The proposed station between Beacon and Riddell streets is between 16,000 and 20,000 square feet. Costs are calculated at about $500 per square-foot.

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Posted: Jan 16, 2019

Three Rescuers Hurt After Virginia Fire Apparatus Rolls Over

 
 

The crash happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday along Zulla Road in Fauquier County, about five miles south of Middleburg. A firetruck from Loudoun County’s fire department was returning from an emergency medical call. Middleburg’s Engine 603 went off the road, flipped and landed on its roof and hit a power pole. Some homes in the area were without power for some time.

Three rescuers were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

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Posted: Jan 16, 2019

Charleston (SC) Limits Fire Apparatus Response

 
 

Like in some other municipalities, Charleston’s previous policy was that fire trucks were dispatched for all medical calls — even though their roles were limited at the scene. Firefighters could stabilize patients until EMS arrived, but couldn’t transport patients themselves.  

In addition, non-emergency medical calls took up a chunk of firefighters’ time. A three-year study revealed that Charleston fire trucks responded to more than 14,000 calls where the person’s life was not immediately at risk.

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