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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

Open House
Updated On: Nov 25, 2009

 Firehouse fun teaches safety, prevention

By Jessica Bloch
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Once the Jaws of Life got to it, the gray Chevrolet Lumina had no chance. Two Bangor firefighters operated the hydraulic rescue tool, tearing off the windshield and propping up the dashboard. Shattered glass and car parts were scattered around the demolished vehicle.

It was all much to the delight of five first-grade boys in Den Leader Dalton Reed’s Tiger Cub Scout group, who stood with wide eyes as firefighter and EMT Bill Wentworth explained what was going on.

“Now we have access to the whole inside of the car,” Wentworth said. “Anybody that’s trapped, we can get them out. Pretty amazing, huh?”

Hundreds of children and adults had a chance to see a demonstration of rescue and firefighting equipment as well as pick up safety information Saturday during the Bangor Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Month open house, held at the Central Fire Station on Main Street.

Oh, and there was plenty of Halloween candy and a costume contest, too.

Firefighters gave tours of the station’s big, shiny, red trucks and ambulances, slid down the station’s poles, and pried apart cars in Jaws of Life demonstrations. The Jaws of Life is a tool used by rescue workers to free people trapped in small spaces, such as cars.

There were also displays about heating safety and railroad awareness, along with plenty of information about fire prevention.

“Part of this is for education, and part of this is for fun,” said Jake Johnson, the department’s public education officer.

In addition to spreading information about fire prevention, Wentworth said, the annual open house also serves to humanize the firefighters, many of whom towered over the youngsters.

“It takes a lot of the fear out for the kids,” said Wentworth, who lives in Garland. “They see us here joking around, not in a serious way we are when we’re focused on our job.”

Reed brought his Tiger Cubs of Bangor-based Den No. 6 to the open house to fulfill a go-see requirement, but it didn’t seem like an obligation for the five boys in the pack. After watching the Jaws of Life demonstration behind the firehouse, they followed Wentworth to the front of the station so he could show them different nozzles used to fight car fires.

“This is the perfect opportunity for them to fulfill their requirements,” Reed said. “They asked tons of great questions, too.”

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