"Kind of related...
We responded a couple of years ago to a farm tractor on fire. Arrived and started pumping water only to have the engine begin to turn over! Yup, the water shorted out some wires and it was trying to start. Luckily for us the…"
"Wow, Mike!! I can sure relate. We have very similar departments. 2011 we ran 10 calls. We cover around 250 square miles with about 2000 residents. We don't do medical unless EMS requests us. 50% grass fires, 20% structure (usually unsaveable),…"
"Exactly...it's no different than going to a barn fire and some says "It's my barn. I don't use it. Let it burn." Do we let it burn??? NO!! We put it out...we don't know that the guy is the owner...even if he is, maybe…"
"We don't have any semi's on the department.
We do have however, a list of farmers in the area that have tanks we might be able to get. Some are 1 ton trucks with goose-neck trailers and 1500 gallon plastic tanks, some are semi's with…"
"If the fire/mva/??? is a local taxpayer, then they are not billed...they are already paying for coverage through their taxes.
If we are called to assist one of our mutual aid partners, then no....that's why we have the mutual aid system.
"The two departments in our municipality amalgamated last year. Since then, both stations run to all calls. If we need mutual aid, there are 7 more departments in our district that we can call on directly. Some departments have specialty…"
"We had a rekindle a couple of years ago...not a house fire though...a grass fire!
Yup, turns out the darned fire had gotten into the base of some wooden electric utility poles and smoldered away until it burned almost through.
"Back in 1913, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, a grain elevator tilted to a touch over 26º off of vertical. Very few cracks appeared and the structure was brought back up to vertical. It is still in use today!
It was being filled with wheat for…"
"Probably depends how it is set up, what the requirements are, etc.
Around here, the Municipalities are required by Provincial Regulation to have fire protection in place. They may have their own fire department(s) or hire a neighboring department…"
"On our volunteer department, we don't turn anybody away. Age doesn't matter so much as ability. We've got a few older guys (60+) that aren't going to go running into a burning building, but you know what...The two that are 70+…"
"I hear you guys.
We have 19 guys and gals on the roster here, but only about 6 or 7 that regularly show up!
We haven't asked the others for their pagers back because there's no one else to give the pager to. If we get any more folks…"
"It's definitely a hard call, especially in small towns where hardly anybody wants to run for council positions and it's hard to find department members too.
If somebody wants to do both and they're the only person, I say let them,…"
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