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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

Remembering the 'Bangor Fire' of 1911
Updated On: May 13, 2009

A city pauses to recall the Great Fire of 1911

BANGOR, Maine — It started on a windy afternoon just like Thursday, 98 years ago to the day.

The Great Fire of 1911 tore through downtown Bangor, destroying or crippling nearly half the city’s buildings and displacing 75 families in its wake.

In some way, though, the fire created the foundation for Bangor as it is today. It was in that spirit that city leaders and members of the Fire Department unveiled a plaque on Broad Street, identifying and commemorating the precise location where the fire began.

“There was quite a bit of detective work to find out exactly where it started,” city historian Dick Shaw said Thursday at the site. “It really transformed the downtown.”

As the story goes, two “idlers” playing poker in an abandoned hay shed discarded a cigarette that sparked the flames. The fire destroyed that building, then skipped across Kenduskeag Stream and spread to other structures. By the time it was over more than eight hours later, some 250 buildings were affected. The headline in the Bangor Daily News on May 1, 1911, read “Bangor Swept By Historic Fire.”

On Thursday, Mayor Gerry Palmer recounted the event, which remains one of the biggest disasters Maine has ever seen. “There was a lot of loss that day,” he said.

Firefighters from all over the state helped douse the flames with 1 million gallons of water. They couldn’t save the post office, the library, a handful of churches or many homes. But, as Palmer said, “a few years later, Bangor rose once again.”

City leaders have been paying tribute to Bangor’s history throughout 2009, which is the city’s 175th anniversary.

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