"Our assistant chief is the manager for our water system. He is reluctant to let us pump from a hydrant due to the strength of the lines. He's afraid someone inexperienced will let the vaccum drop too low and collapse a line. If we were to use a…"
"My department has a Mutual Aid Agreement with 4 other departments in our area. If its a structure fire, everyone responds due to lack of hydrants & the fact that some have been found to have been cut down at the valve restricting flow to the…"
"Well we have fire hydrants in many locations,but whenever we have a fire and we're not near a hydrant we get or give mutual aide to one of our local departments.And when in doubt we also have a foam system on our truck and if we're near a…"
"We do the same(dump and pump?draft) in conjunction with tanker shuttles, up here in NE Wyoming we also suffer a sever lack of hydrants outside of city limits covering 5000 sq miles our department has to be resilent and think outside the box at times."
"We have NO hydrants and only TWO (apparently, I've never seen them) dry hydrants.
Static water sources only for refill. In the winter we carry augers to get through the ice for our water supply.
Our one tanker is 1200 Gal and our one pumper is…"
"Water is generally not as big an issue as manpower, even though less than 5% of our district has hydrants. Our 3 engines carry 1000 gallon each with a class A foam system on each. We also have a 4000 and 2200 gal tanker. It is common for us to have…"
"We have both rural and "city" patrons in our fire district. Scb. Rural shares coverage of the city of TERRYTOWN w/ the Gering VFD. There are hydrants in Terrytown and a few in our rural district, but we do a lot of tanker work to get water…"
"We have that same problem like many depts do, I feel that if you join a dept then you need to respond assist on scene and rehab the trucks whether its two p.m. or two a.m. you do not know when that pager or radio is going to sound, and you want to…"
"I am sad to say your dept is not the only one with the same problems. It's a " Boys club" at times. Example" I'm not going if so in so is respoding". Everyone forgets what we are here for at times and lets a pissin…"
39 fire; 33 +EMS retired Aug 2010 returned to new ems same month
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Couchton Vol Fire Rescue
Years With Department/Agency
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Aiken County EMS 32.5 years
Firefighter1, Paramedic, HazMat specialist, Arson detection, SC Wildland firefighter. ACLS ITLS PALS Extrication Instructor, Former Deputy Coroner 16 years, Former Reserve Police Officer realy too much to list.
I am Captain in my department, formally, Chief. I have a wife and 2 children 21 and 23 1 grand child. I work full time as Williston Rescue Squad. I have been a member with Couchton VFR since 1972. Started firefighting when we did not have a station but had a 1946 pumper and a 1954 surplus 6x6 tanker. I am the oldest continuous member of our dept . Newly wed July 18,2009, after SCFF Convention at Myrtle Beach, SC.
Williston Rescue Squad Paramedic
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Knowledge and friendship
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Being a firefighter gave my life a purpose at a time when I did not know what to do as a profession. It led to me getting into EMS and opened other doors. It makes me feel good that others respect and need my expertise. Not in a way that makes you better than anyone, but in way you know you can help and give back to those around you.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Getting volunteers, the numbers have dropped over the years of those who wish to serve their fellow man. Funding has allways been an issue. The time one has to commit to training and more and more requiremnts has put the Volunteer FD in a tight area.