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Couchton Fire Rescue

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Jan 14, 2012
Bill Anderson replied to Gregory R Bailey's discussion How do you handle Rural Water supply? in the group Rural Firefighting
"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…"
Jan 14, 2012
Mike and Gregory R Bailey are now friends
Aug 16, 2011
Gregory R Bailey updated their profile
Jul 22, 2011
Gregory R Bailey commented on Gregory R Bailey's group Couchton Fire Rescue
"Too hot and HUMID to run calls. Excellent job on Cooks Bridge rd."
Jul 22, 2011
frans left a comment for Gregory R Bailey
"hello, nice to meet u sir."
Mar 30, 2011
Gregory R Bailey is now friends with Michael, Brandon B Smith and frans
Mar 30, 2011
Tandy Young replied to Gregory R Bailey's discussion How do you handle Rural Water supply? in the group Rural Firefighting
"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…"
Feb 27, 2011
Barry Copley replied to Gregory R Bailey's discussion How do you handle Rural Water supply? in the group Rural Firefighting
"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…"
Dec 19, 2010
Frank A Thallas Jr replied to Gregory R Bailey's discussion How do you handle Rural Water supply? in the group Rural Firefighting
"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."
Dec 13, 2010
Bekks replied to Gregory R Bailey's discussion How do you handle Rural Water supply? in the group Rural Firefighting
"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…"
Dec 13, 2010
Oldman replied to Gregory R Bailey's discussion How do you handle Rural Water supply? in the group Rural Firefighting
"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…"
Dec 13, 2010
dano martinez replied to Gregory R Bailey's discussion How do you handle Rural Water supply? in the group Rural Firefighting
"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…"
Dec 13, 2010
George A. Laiacona III commented on Gregory R Bailey's group Couchton Fire Rescue
"Department Awards Banquet. December 3d at 1900, Aiken Electric Coop. Catered by Al's Restaraunt. Bring a dessert."
Nov 27, 2010
Daniel Scott Elsner replied to Gregory R Bailey's discussion Red Light Firefighters in the group The Volunteers
"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…"
Jul 30, 2010
Gregory R Bailey replied to Gregory R Bailey's discussion Red Light Firefighters in the group The Volunteers
"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…"
Jun 15, 2010

Profile Information

Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Captain
Years in Fire/EMS:
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
39
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Aiken County EMS 32.5 years
My Training:
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.
About Me:
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.
Day Job:
Williston Rescue Squad Paramedic
Relationship Status:
Married
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.

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At 3:17pm on March 30, 2011, frans said…
hello, nice to meet u sir.
At 9:38am on September 22, 2009, Zachary Lyons said…
ill get the pellet rifile to you it aint in the shop ii is at moms with my 4 10 and my 22 but i can get heather to run it to you for you... What made Kristy have a mild stroke...
At 8:34am on September 3, 2009, Rusty Mancini said…
Ok,I figure something happened.There will be make up on that training.
At 9:17pm on August 31, 2009, Travis Holz said…
Yeah, I saw that on MTV's Jackass the movie.
At 6:00pm on August 30, 2009, Zachary Lyons said…
yeah i am allergic to something at work to but i know what i am allergic to its all the bull crap i have to put up with
At 12:28am on August 29, 2009, Zachary Lyons said…
whats wrong your never sick
At 6:44pm on August 28, 2009, Rusty Mancini said…
That's funny about the Jamie comment.That was our buddy P, not much to it on limestone.
At 5:30pm on August 28, 2009, Rusty Mancini said…
Greg, I hope you feel better soon brother.
At 6:24pm on August 26, 2009, Tim Gault said…
Thank You! I assure you we are old hands in the business. Bet we can till work rings around these kids!
At 3:35pm on August 20, 2009, John Schander said…
Hey Greg, Welcome toFFN, glad to see you and the others have found FFN.
 
 
 

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