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Posted: May 24, 2017

Gold Bar Firefighter's Association (WA) Picks Up New Fire Apparatus

Fire District 26 Assistant Chief Ernie Walters and Lt. Scott Coulson flew to Florida to pick up the agency's new fire engine on Tuesday, May 23. The 2015 Pierce Saber Pumper was purchased from Wisconsin-based Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. for roughly $400,000, Walters said. It will take four to five days for Walters and Coulson to drive the vehicle the nearly 3,200 miles back to Fire Station 54 in Gold Bar, he said.
The new engine will serve many purposes, Walters said. It will be used for fire suppression, it will have an extrication tool to assist in car collisions, and will be stocked with the equipment necessary to perform technical rescues, he said.
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Posted: May 24, 2017

Bay Ridge (NY) Fire Apparatus May Go to Minnesota for Repairs

Bay Ridge Volunteer Fire Company's Engine Rescue 323, a $700,000 truck that is the department's newest, may have to be taken by flatbed truck to Minnesota for evaluation and repair after the truck rolled over on its side Sunday.
The visible damage to the truck, which was pulled out of a hollow along Clements Road by two 50-ton-rated wreckers from Roberts Towing & Recovery in Wilton, was limited to jammed equipment doors, a caved-in panel and a small hole in the windshield on the passenger’s side.

“We got it running and got it back into the bay, but we expect it’s going to have to go back to Minnesota (where the truck was manufactured),” Assistant Chief Chip Mellon said Monday afternoon. “We can see the body damage issues, but we don’t know about the pump, transmission and generator.”

Mellon said department members were planning to pull all the equipment off the damaged side of the truck Monday night.

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Posted: May 24, 2017

Fire Station Replacement Part of Kannapolis (NC) Budget

Kannapolis City Manager Mike Legg presented the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget to the Kannapolis City Council this week. According to a press release, the proposed FY 2018 budget is $68,125,000 which includes all seven operating funds of the City. The budget includes no property tax increase.
If approved, the current tax rate will remain at .63 cents per $100 valuation - a home valued at $150,000 will pay $945 annually in property taxes for all city services.

The City’s budget is composed of two primary revenue sources: property taxes and sales taxes. The City’s population is expected to be 47,000 by the end of this year - an 11% increase since 2010. This population growth, largely the result of new residential development, equates to an increase of $829,700 in property tax revenues in the FY 2018 budget. Sales tax revenues are projected to increase by $1,336,100 in FY 2018, the largest amount in City history.

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Posted: May 24, 2017

Despite Autryville (NC) Losing Three Fire Apparatus, Fire Station to Tornado, Still Responding to Calls

The Autryville Fire Department’s building was destroyed by Tuesday’s tornado, but despite that, the fire chief said his crew is ready to respond to calls.

Their building was directly hit by the EF-1 tornado around 5:15pm. The tornado brought winds up to 110 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Eight people, including six firefighters, were inside at the time, but walked away unhurt, according to Autryville Fire Chief Andrew Hawkins.

The roof of the volunteer department was ripped off and tossed behind the building. One of the support walls was knocked down on top of three of their four fire engines.

Chief Hawkins said those vehicles, which are worth $420,000, were destroyed.

Just 30 minutes after the tornado hit the small town of 200, the fire department was back in service, accepting emergency calls.

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Posted: May 24, 2017

Greenwich (CT) Unveils New Fire Station with Fanfare

Years of deliberation and construction have paid off with a fully modern $17.1 million fire station that will house a ladder truck, an engine company, a central Greenwich volunteer unit and administrative offices. Town officials say the new facility will lead to better fire protection in the main commercial district, as well as more efficient operation overall.
The three-story building was built to be energy-efficient and comfortable for the seven to nine firefighters who will be living there around the clock.

Fire Chief Peter Siecienski said he hoped that the new firehouse would be seen as an inviting place, recalling the looks of wonder that youngsters had when they encountered fire trucks on the street outside.

“It belongs to the community. It’s a building that should have a sense of warmth to it,” he said. “And it will last well in excess of 50 years.”

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