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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

Bangor council urged to use care with budget cuts
Updated On: Jul 27, 2010

By Eric Russell
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The dozen or so residents who spoke at a public meeting Wednesday about Bangor’s proposed municipal budget all agreed that what makes the city great is its many services.

In that spirit, most urged the City Council to think seriously about any budget cuts that could affect the quality of some of those services — specifically the Bangor Public Library and the BAT Community Connector bus system.

Martin Chartrand, one of the youngest members of an audience of about 50 gathered at the James Doughty School, reminded councilors of the importance of the BAT for people to work and be successful in Bangor.

Henry Garfield, who works at the University of Maine and is a frequent bus rider, said that in tough economic times, the city should be expanding bus services, not cutting them.

The nine-member City Council, which has been wrestling with the 2010-11 budget since last August, will make final budget decisions tonight.

Wednesday was an opportunity for residents to have their say in the process about some of the proposals that have been discussed by councilors.

Some of the more controversial topics, such as proposed 10 percent across-the-board cuts to the Public Works and Fire departments and a big reduction in funding to the library, had been settled before the public session. The Fire and Public Works departments convinced the council to agree to alternatives that avoided the 10 percent cuts, and the library also proposed an alternative that is likely to receive council support.

Still, the library came up often Wednesday.

Regina Graham, president of the library friends group, feared that any cuts to the library would ruin one of the things that makes Bangor great. Carol Harriman suggested that the city restore full funding to the library.

Other than the library and the BAT, no other budget item generated much discussion. Local lawyer and former city Councilor N. Laurence Willey suggested that the city use some of its undesignated fund balance, or reserves, to offset reductions, and even dip into the city’s arena fund.

Jack McKay, a Greater Bangor labor leader, also brought up the idea of taking some of the money set aside for the arena, which he called a luxury rather than a necessity.

The budget of $44.5 million that has been proposed would increase the municipal side of the property tax rate by 4 cents from $9.28 to $9.32. Add in the School Department and Penobscot County shares, the city’s overall rate would rise from $19.05 to $19.20 per $1,000 of property valuation.

If the members of the public all agreed that Bangor’s services are crucial to the well-being of residents and to economic vitality, the council was united in its assertion that next year’s budget could be even more difficult.

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