Firehouse Breakfasts Return in October – Sponsorships Available!

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.

7:00 – 11:00AM


$4/ages 6-12

$2 ages 2-6

under 2 free

Sponsorships for the MFD breakfast season are still available, and are a fantastic way to show your businesses support to your local fire crew! Contact any member of the department for more information, or use the Contact Form on our website to get in touch with us.

Manchester Fire Selling Shirts to Support Breast Care Programs in Southwest Vermont

photoThe Manchester Fire Department is proud to announce that just ahead of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, we are selling t-shirts benefit local Breast Care Programs at Rutland Regional Medical Center and the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

Beautifully designed by the MFD’s Shari Owens, these bight shirts make the statement that no firefighter is too tough to wear pink, but everyone can wear it and show their support.

Available in adult and youth sizes for only $15, our supplies are going to sell quick!

These shirts can be purchased at the firehouse on Monday evenings from 6-7PM, or durning normal business hours at the Manchester Town Hall from the Town Clerk’s Office.

The Breast Care Program provides women with the comprehensive screening, diagnostic, treatment and support services needed for optimal breast health.

Some of the services these programs offer are:

  • Schedule and coordinate medical appointments
  • Provide needed breast health education
  • Help find appropriate community resources
  • Encourage wellness
  • Explain available complementary therapies and support services
  • Offer hope and encouragement
  • Refer patients to a financial specialist within the hospital who can help with insurance coverage and payment issues


MFD Engine 5 Responds to “Person Stuck in Elevator”

E5 On Scene

E5 On Scene

On the afternoon of August 12, 2013 the Manchester Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial address on Bonnet Street for a report of a person stuck in an elevator. On arrival personnel on Engine 5 found that there was a man trapped near the first floor, and the doors would not open.

Crews attempted to gain access through the first floor doors, but after several attempts at bypassing safety mechanisms they were unable to get the interior door to slide open. The decision was made to make access from the floor above. Members were able to open the second floor exterior doors, and quickly gained entry into the elevator car from its roof hatch. After lowering in a ladder and firefighter, the crew assisted the trapped person to the roof of the elevator car, and then to the second floor.

Engine 5 at elevator rescue

Engine 5 at elevator rescue

Engine 5 was able to quickly clear the scene after ensuring that the elevator was disabled pending service from repair crews.

MFD Donates SCBA Equipment To Albany Volunteer Fire Department

Sorting through air packs for AVFD

In the early morning of August 11, 2013 the Albany Volunteer Fire Department of Albany, Vermont faced a devastating blow as they were notified that their fire house was burning. Without access to their own equipment, department members had limited resources, and were forced to rely on neighboring  departments to stop the fire.

Unfortunately much of the Department’s equipment, including one of their trucks, was either destroyed or severely damaged from the fire. Witnesses did see activity near the building before the fire began, and currently an investigation is underway for what appears to be a case of arson.

Air cylinders ready to go.

Over the last several years the Manchester (VT) Fire Department has been in the process of upgrading its self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) from older style 2216PSI systems to newer 4500PSI equipment. Throughout this transition the MFD has kept the older equipment for backup purposes. Now that this transition is nearly complete, there is no need to continue storing and maintaining the packs which require regular costly testing and certification.

On August 13, 2013 MFD 2nd Assistant Chief Mark Johnston will deliver 12 Scott 2216PSI SCBA air packs with air cylinders, PASS alarms and face pieces to members of the Albany Volunteer Fire Department. While this equipment may not be the newest equipment available, it will help their crews be prepared for future emergencies within their fire district, and with a “new” cost of several thousand dollars per system, enable the AVFD to focus on replacing other costly equipment.

Twelve systems ready to be delivered.

The Manchester Fire Department is honored to be able to support our fellow firefighters, and wish the AVFD a fast recovery during this time of distress.

For more information about the fire in Albany, VT see these links:

August Fire Training: Handlines, SCBA Containment

The MFD’s August fire training included several different tasks that various members were able to take part in. While all of the evolutions were basic skills used in the fire service, having an opportunity to practice them in a non-emergency setting helps reinforce what we “already know”, while still giving us a chance to practice new techniques.

Tasks included

  • Hooking to a hydrant and laying in large diameter hose.
  • Advancing handlines and operating nozzles in both fog and smoothbore configurations while using full SCBA equipment.
  • Repacking speedlays to ensure proper deployment.
  • Operation of the department’s new containment system that provides firefighter protection during SCBA filling.
  • Utilization of Rescue 10’s booster system to fill 4500PSI air cylinders.


Rupert Volunteer Fire Company Annual Carnival/Parade

On August 10, 2013 the MFD took a crew and Tower 1 over the mountains to the Northwest to visit and march in the Rupert Volunteer Fire Company’s annual parade. Below is a gallery of images from the event. Unfortunately we were unable to get photos of all of the wonderful apparatus that participated.

If you have photos of the MFD in action… please contact us via our form. We would love to share them!

Thanks to Rupert for inviting our department.

MFD joins the web!

On August 10, 2013 the Manchester Fire Depart has officially taken its place on the internet with it’s new website, and social media accounts. We hope to use these tools to keep our community friends and family informed about recent happenings within our organization.

Our new “homes” on the web include:


Please “join” us as we share the happenings of our department with you!

Even though our web presence is still a work in progress, we are committed to completing, then continuing this ongoing interaction with our followers.

July Aerial Training

In July the MFD took the opportunity to do some aerial ladder training while observing some of the solar photovoltaic systems that have been installed on commercial buildings in the downtown area.

During this training we were able to get some fantastic views of the community.