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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

Councilors find compromise on public works, fire department budgets
Updated On: Jul 27, 2010

By Eric Russell
BDN Staff

BANGOR — City Council Chairman Richard Stone and the four other councilors who backed the idea ultimately knew that they wouldn’t get a full 10 percent cut from the public works and fire department budgets.

But if they didn’t make the request and force the uncomfortable conversation, Stone insisted, those department budgets might not have been cut at all.

At a workshop on Thursday, city councilors heard alternate proposals from public works and fire offi-cials to address tight budget constraints.

City Engineer Jim Ring, on a behalf of public works director Dana Wardwell, suggested cutting $59,000 in three areas instead of the $329,000 represented by the 10 percent overall reduction request. The reductions proposed by Ring included a more favorable contract for roadside rubbish collection, the elimination of spring cleanup and the elimination of two temporary laborer positions.

“This is our professional judgment on reductions that could be taken with minimal impact,” Ring said.

The engineer pointed out that the original proposed budget already included a reduction of $108,000 in the public works. The 10 percent cut of $329,000 on top of that would have eliminated six full-time positions.

Stone told Ring he was impressed with the alternative and praised staff for pushing back. Councilor Cary Weston, who had supported the 10 percent cut, also was appreciative.

Councilor Gerry Palmer said public works, while not a revenue generator, is, “part of the meat and potatoes of what the city does.”

As for the fire department, a cut of 10 percent would have equaled of $459,000. Fire Chief Jeff Cammack hold indicated that it would mean the reduction of staffing by seven firefighters and the closure of Station 5.

Instead, Cammack presented an alternative that would apply federal grant funding to next year’s operating budget, reduce overtime by nearly $50,000 and cut funds from the department’s equipment reserve. Under that alternative, Station 5 would remain open and firefighter staffing would stay level.

Stone said the fire department’s alternative might not postpone the inevitable but he could live with it at this point.

Last month, interim City Manager Bob Farrar proposed an overall municipal budget of $44.5 million that would hold the city’s share of Bangor’s property tax rate flat at $9.28 per $1,000 of property valuation.

With the alternative plans proposed by the public works and fire departments, that rate would likely increase by 10 cents.

The Bangor School Committee and the City Council both approved the 2010-11 school budget earlier this week, which increases the school share of the tax rate from $8.70 to $8.77 per $1,000 of property valuation.

The City Council will host a public budget session at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2 at the James F. Doughty School for residents to voice opinions and concerns about the 2010-11 budget.


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