On April 17, 2014 at approximately 11:24AM the Manchester Fire Department was alerted to a possible structure fire on Depot Street. Original reports suggested that a dining establishment may be on fire. Upon arrival Chief Bourn identified an old tank as the source of the fire. Work crews had been dismantling the tank with cutting torches and had inadvertently ignited oil that remained in the bottom of the tank. Although there was little visible fire, a crew with Engine 5 stretched a hose line to cool smoldering buildup from the walls of the tank, and to cover the remaining oil product in a protective layer of foam. Engine 2 also responded to the scene with support personnel. The State Of Vermont Hazmat Team was notified of the incident, and the MFD cleared the scene within the hour.
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.
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.
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 was able to quickly clear the scene after ensuring that the elevator was disabled pending service from repair crews.
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.
Engine 5 and crew lay in from the hydrant.
Engineer training on E5
MFD’s new containment unit for SCBA refills.
- 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.