Manchester Tractor Parade 2013

Tower 1 led the Manchester Tractor Parade from Dorr Farm on Bonnet Street around the two new roundabouts, and back up Main Street past MEMS this evening. Thank you to the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce for inviting us to participate, and Dutton Berry Farm for providing the beautiful wreath. Most of all, thank you to the huge crowds that came out to cheer the parade along.

Wood Ash Safety Tips

C1, C3, Engine 5, Hose, Manchester Fire Department, ManchesterVT, MFD-131125-1

On November 25, Engine 5 and Brush 1 responded to a report of a burn that had grown and become uncontrolled. On arrival, the chiefs discovered that the fire was contained to a compost/leaf pile and was actually caused by improperly disposed of ashes.

Please be extra cautious when cleaning out your stove or fireplace and follow these tips.

  • All ashes should then be stored in a fire-resistant metal container with a tight fitting cover. This helps keep air from blowing through and disturbing ashes which can leave hot coals exposed for reigniting. Ashes should NEVER be disposed of in plastic, cardboard, or paper containers. Never use a vacuum cleaner to pick up ashes.
  • The metal container should be placed outdoors, away from anything that can burn. It should NOT be placed next to a firewood pile, up against or in a garage, on or under a wood deck, or porch.
  • Make sure there are no hot spots left in the ashes before disposal. This is done by soaking them in water or letting them sit for several days and double checking for hot spots.

November Rescue Training (Airbags & Rescue Tools)

For our department’s November rescue drill, members tested and put to use our rescue tools (commonly referred to as Jaws of Life) and air bags. Air bags are put to service to lift heavy object such as a vehicle from a trapped person.

Fortunately, the Manchester Fire Department has not needed to put this equipment to  much use lately, but with slick winter roads approaching a refresher will help make sure both our tools, and our members, are ready to go when needed.

Thank You Chief Walter B. Read Sr.

On October 30, 2013, members of the Manchester Fire Department and other local fire departments assisted the East Dorset Fire Department in laying their former chief, Walter B. Read Sr. to rest.

1028-loc-walterread_20131027Walter was very instrumental in starting the Vermont Fire School. He was the East Dorset fire chief for many years and was a lifetime member of the International Service of Fire Chiefs, the New England Association of Fire Chiefs, the Vermont Fire Chiefs and the Vermont Firefighters Association.

While many of our department’s personnel may have never known Chief Read directly, we have all benefited by his dedication to the fire service, and the advancements in education he provided for us.

Thank you, East Dorset Fire Department for including us in the service.

Thank you, Chief Read for the work you did for our community.

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Fire Prevention Day At MEMS and Northshire Day School

Members from the Manchester Fire Department visited both the Manchester Elementary Middle School and Northshire Day School in honor of Fire Prevention Month. Varying lessons were taught depending on age, but all students were able to get a firsthand view of our department’s apparatus and equipment.

October Fire Training (Propane/Chimney Snuffer Nozzle)

The Manchester Fire Department’s October training session focused on two topics. Propane fire emergencies, specifically using multiple hand lines to create safe access for a firefighter to turn off the valve feeding a propane fire.

Second, Ladder Captain Healy demonstrated setting up and operating the chimney snuffer nozzle from our tower truck. With winter heating season just around the corner this refresher will help us be ready to quickly and safely knock down any chimney fires that we might be called to.

As a reminder to all homeowners, now is the time to make sure your chimney, and heating systems have been professionally cleaned and inspected. A little maintenance before winter can save you from a visit by your local fire department later.

Firehouse Breakfast! This Sunday 10/13

PancakesEvery year the Manchester Fire Department kicks off its breakfast season in October, and once again we are getting the griddles ready, and chaffing dishes warmed up for our first monthly breakfast on Columbus Day Weekend!

Come down to the Manchester Firehouse on Sunday, October 13, 2013 for a fabulous meal prepared by your firefighters. As always, pancakes will be served in both the blueberry and plain varieties, also served are eggs, bacon, sausage, home-fries and english muffins.

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$4/ages 6-12

$2 ages 2-6

under 2 free

A Day Late, NOT A Dollar Short

Hanging rain gear

Thanks to generous support from our community, including donations and visitors to our breakfasts, active members of the Manchester Fire Department have all been issued new high visibility rain gear.

In the past, firefighters were often caught outdoors in the worst weather mother nature could provide while wearing full turnout pants and jackets. While turnout gear may seem appropriate, and often is the standard, there are many reasons why it’s not the preferred uniform for inclement weather.

Turnout gear:

  • Is heavy and bulky. Those heavy layers are important for protection from heat, but they don’t allow a firefighter to move around freely while not performing hazardous tasks.
  • Does not “breath”. Turnouts do have multiple layers, designed to keep us dry, but those layers can actually hold water instead of repelling it. Wet turnout gear is  dangerous for firefighters who might get called to a fire. Trapped moisture can quickly turn to steam, causing burns. Our new rain gear is a breathable material that will help us stay cool and dry from the inside out.
  • Is not “high-viz”. Even though our gear has reflective stripes, they are not enough to meet visibility standards. The new rain gear meets all current visibility standards to help keep us safe when working in roadways.

While it’s unfortunate that the order we placed arrived the day after crews spent time working in the rain and darkness, we a grateful to the community for supporting us and enabling us to be better prepared for situations that come in the future.


9.11.01 – 9.11.13 Twelve Years Later

Operation Noble Eagle

On this 9/11, twelve years since the horrible attacks on New York City and Washington DC, please take a moment to reflect, and remember all 2,977 victims including 343 FDNY members, 60 Police officers, and 8 private service EMTs who lost their lives.


In addition to those who were lost in the direct attack, take a moment to think about those sickened or injured during the recovery process.


Words can’t begin to describe the impact to those of us who responded to the WTC site in the days, weeks, and months after the attack. We will never forget the horrendous memories that filled the southern tip of Manhattan.



Consider sharing this post as a reminder to others that 9/11/01 is not an event that should be remembered once a year. Instead, think about those whose lives were directly impacted, and live every day with reminders of what occurred in NY, DC, and PA.