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Sunday, July 31, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005
The Roanoke Fire-EMS Department responded to an alarm for a structure fire on July 28, 2005 at 2309 Ranch Rd.
The call was received through the 9-1-1 Center at approximately 9:38 p.m., and was quickly under control.The response of three Engines, one Ladder truck, two Medic units, one EMS Captain and one Battalion Chief were involved in the fire.
This is a residential townhouse structure. Upon arrival units saw smoke and flames coming through the roof of the townhouse. They made an agressive attack and extinguished the fire rapidly.
There was 1 person at home at the time of the fire and they escaped safely. There were also 2 other people at home in the adjacent townhouse. They also escaped safely. There were no injuries to citizens or Fire-EMS personnel.
Damage estimates were approximately $25,000-$30,000.
The cause was a short or electrical malfunction in an exhaust fan in the upstairs bathroom.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
The Roanoke Fire-EMS Department responded to an alarm for a structure fire on July 25, 2005 at 2449 Maryland Avenue.
The call was received through the 9-1-1 Center at approximately 8:45p.m., and was quickly under control.The response of three Engines, one Ladder truck, one Medic unit, and one Battalion Chief were involved in the fire.
This is a residential structure. Upon arrival units saw light smoke and flames in the basement. They made an agressive interior attack and extinguished the fire rapidly.
There were 2 people at home at the time of the fire and they escaped safely. There were no injuries to citizens or Fire-EMS personnel.
Damage estimates were $4,000 to the structure and $2,000 to the contents.
The cause was an electrical surge caused by lightning.
Monday, July 25, 2005
With certain legal exclusions and additions, the term `brownfield site' means real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
Definition Source:The Brownfields Site definition is found in Public Law 107-118 (H.R. 2869) - "Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act" signed into law January 11, 2002.
Posted by FireFleitz at 6:43 PM
Sunday, July 24, 2005
I hope no one has forgotten about B.T. Butler. I snapped this picture at #13 when the rest of the company was busy doing a company drill. Ha Ha. Just kidding. I have heard from B.T. several times now and he seems to be doing fine. I have looked for him on Firehouse Forums but I have not seen him on there in a while. Firefighter Butler is currently overseas in Iraq working for Wackenhut as a Firefighter on base. He has seen a little bit of fire apparently over there, which is more than he can say about when he was here. Again just kidding. Email B.T. Butler. I am pretty sure that is his email, I will edit it if it is wrong. I will edit it if that is wrong. Send him an email to let him know we are thinking about him. I trying to remember if this picture was taken at 9am on a Wednesday or not. ha ha ha.
Posted by FireFleitz at 11:43 PM
Friday, July 22, 2005
Posted by FireFleitz at 11:44 PM
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Here is a good picture of me getting a schooling from Pete Smith at Station #8. Pete is the oldest living Retired Firefighter from the City of Roanoke. Pete worked here from 1942 til 1974 and is 93 years old. Next year he will have been drawing a pension for the same amount of time that he worked here. Pete lives near Station #8 and stops by just about everyday at least once. He is always welcome and likes hearing what is going on. If you ever have a chance to work at Station #8 find time to sit down and talk to Pete. If he doesn't stop by then ask the guys where he lives and go talk to him. He loves telling stories.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
The Roanoke Fire-EMS Department responded to an alarm for a structure fire on July 20, 2005 at 2618 Portland.
The call was received through the 9-1-1 Center at approximately 2:35 p.m. and was quickly under control at 3:00 p.m. The response of three Engines, one Ladder truck, two Medic units, one EMS Captain, one Investigative unit, two Battalion Chiefs and two Administrative Chiefs were involved in the fire.
This is a residential structure. Upon arrival units saw heavy flames and smoke coming from a front bedroom window. The fire was quickly extinguished. The cause was a youngster dropping a lit candle into clothes. The fire was accidental. Damage was confined to the bedroom and the attic with estimates of approximately $75,000.
There were five people in the house when the fire started. All five escaped unharmed. There were no injuries to civilians or Fire-EMS Personnel.
Posted by FireFleitz at 5:27 PM
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
-Todd Jackson "Tainted lot good for new station" Roanoke Times, Virginia Section Tuesday, July 19, 2005.
This makes me sick, to find out this is really what Officials think of the brave men and women(firefighters) who serve the citizens and visitors of Roanoke City and are willing to risk life and limb on their behalf.
Maybe they should invest some money in getting proper exhaust fans in the station bays. I work at a station that has no exhaust fans at all. That means when we pull out of the station all of that diesel exhaust fills the station, then when we get back we get to live in it and breathe in it. So what is being done to combat that problem? Some stations have the equivalent of an attic fan or a box fan put in a window. Let me tell you, that really gets the job done.
It just goes to show you how the firefighters, who work for the #1 department in the city (voted on by the citizens), are being treated. It really makes you want to strive to be a better employee. Yet another step by the city that breeds mediocrity.
Posted by FireFleitz at 8:44 AM
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Posted by FireFleitz at 11:14 PM
If you all didn't know this is the building that is supposed to be built at Franklin and Elm. It will be the new Fire Department Headquarters which will include Ladder 1, Engine 3, Medic 3, Battalion 1, and RS-1. Fire Station 1 and 3 will be closed down signaling the end of an era. The era of 100 years of firefighting history in the City of Roanoke. The RFFA is currently making t-shirts of Station #1 then and now which will turn out great I am sure.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Acute Designs Inc.
ArringtonÂs Sports Awards
B.T.Âs Tax Service
Back to Basics Family Physical Therapy, PC
Classic Image Day Spa Clinic
Freedom First Credit Union
Garden City Grocery
JordanÂs Custom Framing & Art
National City Mortgage
Play it again Sports
The Heart Team
U.S. Food Service
Westlake Heating & Air
A special thanks to The Heart Team for coming out to the tournament and hanging out with all of us all day. We appreciate their presence on Hole #10 and hope to see them next year.
Posted by FireFleitz at 10:06 PM
Here is a picture of the Golf Tournament Shirt. The image on the left is the back, the one in the middle is pocket size on the front and the image on the right is on the left sleave. These are some really nice looking shirts and a lot of the players were asking where they could get them. They are being sold for $8 and can be ordered through me. They will probably be ordered once so let me know if you are interested. I will see if the RFFA will want to purchase several to have at the hall.
Posted by FireFleitz at 10:05 PM
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Monday, July 11, 2005
The Fill the Boot Campaign will be in the end of August so look for more information to follow.
Oh yeah and don't forget about the MDA Cookout at the summer camp on August 3rd. Contact me for any questions and information.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
"Just to clarify, the city had the money allotted to hire the 12 new firefighters to staff station 14. It was supposed to have been a package deal; new station, 12 new firefighters, new fire engine. They then diverted the money...They chose to hire 12 new police officers instead and used that as an excuse to move the engine 1 personnel to station 14. Another thing, maybe it does not make any difference whether an engine is stationed downtown or only responds to downtown, the fact is the citizens are not told the "whole story"."
I read on Jeff Artis website "For the past several years, Roanoke's Fire/EMS Chief Jim Grigsby, who should know better than anyone else about cost, fire stations and fire fighting efficiency, has also questioned the validity of the plan." I am not sure where he gets his information but this does not seem correct. If he is correct he might have something though.
Posted by FireFleitz at 10:45 AM
Friday, July 08, 2005
Posted by FireFleitz at 2:55 PM
I think it is interesting that the Roanoke Times printed an article(Sunday July 3, 2005) on Homeland Security and its funding to fire stations in the area just a couple of days prior to the London Bombings. The gist of the article was why do all these FD's get all this money and for what. That "nothing is going to happen here" attitude is exactly what the problem is with America. I am not saying you should live your life in fear. The FD's are receiving funds to buy equipment that could help them in case of an attack or otherwise and people have a problem with it. Well I am sure they would change their tune if something happened here or even worse to them or a family member. Most of the money is Federally funded through grants. The one thing that I found interesting is that per capita Roanoke City received $14.90 while Radford, Giles County, Floyd County, Buena Vista, Bath County, Pulaski County all received about double. And most of the other localities in the area received more than Roanoke City.
I told you all of a big surprise coming our way. I have learned some more details and it looks as though I will be able to see the surprise for the first time later this month. I do not know what it is exactly or I should say what "they are" potentially. So we will have to wait and see. If anyone wants to go with me to see this I wouldn't mind getting a few people together to see this stuff. It is in the City however it is not easily accessible from what I understand. And yes we have permission by the owners of the land, as a matter of fact they are going to cut a trail for us if need be.
Posted by FireFleitz at 10:57 AM
Posted by FireFleitz at 10:49 AM
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Posted by FireFleitz at 11:15 AM
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Anyways it seems as though I have been gone for a month. I will probably just post several incidents on this one thread. However that is not the big news. The big news is the RFFA in the paper. Oh yes right there standing up for the Historical Station #1. Chief still stands by his plan of closing and opening stations 1 and 3 = the new #1, 5 and 9 = the new #3, and station 10 will be opened on Williamson as #5. Oh yeah and they closed #12 a couple of years ago. What about the firefighters riding in open cabs. What about almost half of our fleet of engines being 15 years old. I don't see City Council voting on a plan to purchase 6 new engines. What would that cost. Well it depends on if they are going to get a $250,000 engine or buy some more of those tele squirts at $400,000. So you are looking at $1.5 to $2.4 just on updating our engines. Not to mention the Quints that are costing more and more each day. I wonder how long those will last. Oh and that is not opinion. I am sure if you bump into certain people maybe around the Service Center area and maybe mention those trucks they might fill you in. Then again they might not.
And they are going to close Station #1. Let us talk about that for a minute. They are going to spend how much on the Art Museum, something like $48 million(don't hold me to it). Yet they are going to shut down one of the oldest working museums in the State of Virginia found right here in Roanoke two blocks from this new museum. What this can't be happening. I searched National Registry of Landmarks for fire stations in Virginia and all I could find was Fire Station #1, Fire Station #6- both in Roanoke, and a Volunteer company somewhere else. This doesn't mean that it is the oldest working Fire Station in Virginia, however it is the oldest working Fire Station that is a National Landmark.
Now given this opportunity it could actually save Citizens money. Let us think about it.
Station #1 is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. People, children, field trips, etc. stop in day after day, all the time. You can go to Station #1 and be shown the Fire truck, an additional fire truck donated by the Kazim Shriners, the bay, the bunk room, the kitchen, along with other historical stuff like the pompier ladders, the jump net, the chew marks on the walls from the horses, all of this stuff for free. The tour guides(firefighters) are already there unless they are out on a call etc. What beats that. And the firefighters want to be there. They like seeing the visitors, they like everything about Station #1.
Station #1 represents the department, its members and its history. I do not know what more you could ask for out of a museum.
I have to stop now. I will post more tomorrow. The fires, the shooting, Daniel Goodwin on the cover of the paper looking like a pro., and all that other stuff like the land purchases and the supposed "Racist Department" that some of us work for according to some citizens.
Posted by FireFleitz at 10:36 PM