On June 25th, crews were busy again as another strong summer storm came through causing fire alarms, power outages, fallen trees ad power lines and heavy flash flooding.
At 1500 Crews from EJFD and ETFD responded to 60 Founders Road, Essex Elementary for a fire alarm. As crews from EJFD were responding the worst of the storm hit the area. Just as Ladder 3 was going past franks motorcycle a tree gave way taking power lines down with it. Quick thinking by the driver and heads up of the crew left the crew trapped in the truck under live power lines. GMP was called and for about 30 minutes crews from Essex Police Department, EJFD and ETFD secured the area and waited for GMP to free the Ladder Truck from its entanglement.
As crews freed Ladder 3, EJFD's Ladder 3 was requested to respond mutual aid to Williston for a house which had been struck by lighting. In route Williston advised they would be better assisted with an Engine and 8 Engine 21 with a crew of six was dispatched to Williston fire for mutual aid. Crews spent about 2 1/2 hours in Williston as flash flooding damaged road, houses and made a mess of Williston. They helped close road, clear drainage and helped Williston Crews pump out basements for residence who were affected by severe flooding Around 1830 crews returned to Essex Junction Station and released.
Then at 2100 hours crews were dispatched to the Sports and Fitness edge for a gas smell and burning odor. Crews staffed 8L3 and 8E21 and responded together to the seen. Command was established by 15K2. Ladder 3 was assigned interior investigation, while Engine 21 was assigned to go to a hydrant and stand by. Engine 21 was then moved into the building as a second Interior Investigation crew. Employees told Command they had had a similar issue before from a treadmill. Within minutes crews discovered a treadmill which was running hotter then the rest when tested and produce a melting rubber smell the machine was unplugged, marked and turned back over to the facility.