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Bangor Fire First Alarm Responses & Still Alarms
Grass/ Brush Fire - 1 Engine, 1 Rescue
Vehicle Fire - 1 Engine, 1 Rescue
Fire Alarms - 2 Engines, 1 Ladder, 2 Rescues, Fire Comm 1
Fire in Building - 2 Engines, 1 Ladder, 2 Rescues, Fire Comm 1
Vehicle Accident - 1 Engine, 1 Rescue - *Heavy Rescue Spec Call
EMS - 1 Rescue (Engine if Warranted by EMD)
Dumpster Fire - 1 Engine
Carbon Monoxide - 1 Engine
Chimney Fire - 2 Engines, 1 Ladder, 2 Rescues, Fire Comm 1
Water Related - 1 Engine, 1 Rescue, 1 boat, Heavy Rescue
Technical Rescue - 1 Engine, 1 Rescue, Heavy Rescue
Haz - Mat  - 2 Engines, 2 Rescues, 1 Ladder, Fire Comm 1, Orono FD Haz Mat Team (as needed)
Aircraft Emergency at BIA - minimum of 1 engine, 1 rescue, 1 tanker.
(more as size of aircraft requires) (may add 2 additional engines, 1- ladder, 2 additional rescues, Fire Comm 1,  Heavy Rescue, Second Ladder Command Truck in case of crash)
* This is determined by ANG Crash Rescue *
Mutual Aid - as requested
**Tank 6 Responses - All fires outside of city hydrants and mutual aid.
Alarms Above the
First Alarm
All Hands - One additonal Engine, One additional Rescue to scene
(** ANG tanker & Glenburn tanker to scene) Brewer Engine and OronoEngine to cover Central, Hire Back Chief Officer
Second Alarm - Brewer Engine & Orono Engine to scene,
(** Hermon & Hampden tankers to scene) Hermon Engine to cover Central, Veazie Engine to cover Station 5, Bangor Recall for 1 officer and 3 ffers to man Engine 2.
Third Alarm - Hermon Engine & Veazie Engine to Scene, Engine 2 cover central, Hampden Engine to cover Central.
Fourth Alarm - Engine 2 and Hampden Engine to scene, Old Town Engine to Cover Central, Glenburn Engine to cover Station 6
** = Tanker responses outside the hydrant district.
Addition Ladders and other equipment are by special call.
*All initial alarms may have other equipment added as needed for special circumstances *

Never Forget

Posted On: Apr 10, 2009

By BDN Staff
Thursday, June 21, 2007 - Bangor Daily News

A proposal to create a single fire district for communities in the Bangor-Brewer area not only didn’t get a warm reception, disappointingly, it sparked no discussion.
Unlike school consolidation and collaboration, the state has no financial hold over local fire departments so it can’t use threats to withhold money to induce more cooperation. Instead, communities must take a hard look at their fire departments and decide if there is a better way to provide this necessary service.
A few years ago, Brewer Fire Chief Rick Bronson proposed that a single fire district be created for a dozen towns on both sides of the Penobscot River. One large department would maintain and operate all fire equipment and personnel. This approach has many benefits.
Of interest to most people, it should save money by reducing duplication. Currently, every small town in the area has at least one fire truck. Those trucks are expensive to buy, maintain and replace. Under the district model, there would likely be fewer trucks, which could free up money for more personnel. Having 10 fire trucks show up to a fire is not helpful if only one or two fire fighters man each truck, which now happens.
This leads to a second advantage — the opportunity for specialization. Now, every fire department has to provide basic services. That leaves few resources for specialized teams, such as a hazardous materials crew.
Third, but the hardest to sell, is that a regional approach brings more honesty to the system. Now, towns, large and small, have mutual aid agreements. Rather than being mutual, however, they mostly mean that large towns help small ones, with large town taxpayers paying the bill.
For example, the Brewer Fire Department responded last month to a fire at the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. in neighboring Orrington. Only one Orrington volunteer firefighter showed up — in his personal vehicle, according to Chief Bronson. Needing fire equipment, the Brewer department requested the help from Bucksport and Holden.
Brewer will soon begin building a new public safety building and neighboring Eddington is adding new space for its fire department. Another Brewer neighbor, Holden, also proposed a new fire station, although that request was rejected by voters earlier this month. Rather than three new or expanded buildings — each with its own trucks and personnel — this is an opportunity to look at how these communities can work together.
If these stations were under one command, better decisions could be made about where to locate personnel and equipment — tankers in outlying areas without hydrants, ladder trucks near tall structures, for example.
In the end, the communities would get better fire protection at a lower cost. This overdue conversation should start.

Remarks from a blog:

One word provides you with all the answer you need Larry--UNION. That's the reason why you'll never see Bangor join the Penob Regional Dispatch, and why you won't see Bangor Fire join Brewer Fire, or anyone else for that matter. UNION.

Five Letters, but just as bad as any 4-letter word ever spouted by a drunk sailor pounding his thumb with a hammer

Hi Paul, your right on the union issue. Everybody is well aware of that matter, but I think eventually, prides will be swallowed and many will be very unhappy, but it will be a forced issue someday. It is just plain crazy that these fire departments cannot get on the same page, all for the benefit of the voters, and TAXPAYERS. Eventually, it will all come to involve police departments also..then who knows where it will end thing is for certain, the present law on the consolation of schools, seems too drastic, and the timing (forced) is unfortunate. Anyway, thanx for stopping by...

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