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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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.





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 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:

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.