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.
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.
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.
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