HERE IT IS! YOUR ESSEX JUNCTION FIRE DEPARTMENT YEAR IN REVIEW
2017 proved to be one of our busiest years on record for emergency calls for the department.
EJFD responded to a total of 538 calls for service. A total of 110 of these calls were for medical first response.
The busiest month in 2017 was October with a total of 66 calls. 50 of these calls were fire and 16 were medical.
Here is a breakdown of statistics for "larger" incidents in 2017:
Structure Fires - 10
Cooking Fires - 19
Chimney Fires - 1
Vehicle Fires - 4
Brush Fires - 3
Motor Vehicle Crashes - 28
EJFD responded mutual aid outside of Essex 12 times in 2017:
Williston - 6
Burlington International Airport - 3
Winooski - 1
Mallets Bay - 1
Jericho - 1
Significant incidents EJFD responded to in 2017 were:
House fire - Discovery Road (Essex)
Stove fire - Rivendell Drive (Essex Junction)
Dumpster Fire - Dorset Lane (Williston)
Apartment Building Fire - Platt Street (Winooski)
Townhouse Fire - Cedar Lane (Williston)
Garage Fire - Jericho Road (Essex)
House Fire - Governor Peck Road (Jericho)
Basement Fire - Butternut Court (Essex)
Apartment Fire - Sand Hill Road (Essex)
Shed Fire - Thomas Lane (Essex)
October Wind Storm - Various Locations (Essex Junction)
Double Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash - Route 15 (Essex)
Single Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash - Susie Wilson Road (Essex)
In addition to responding to emergency calls, EJFD members participated in thousands of hours of training be it fire or medical, in the station, out of the station and even out of state. We were lucky enough to participate in a training burn in a structure on Upper Main Street in Essex over the summer.
2017 saw a change in rank with the retirement of Assistant Chief Ray Weed to Safety Officer. This ushered the promotion of Assistant Chief Tim Wear, Captain Robert O'Neill, Lieutenant Stephen Gragg and Lieutenant Richard Smith.
Several members became certified to operate various apparatus. One member attained the rank of Engineer in 2017. In turn, we lost two Engineers as well.
EJFD said goodbye to a few members throughout the year, while also welcoming several new members (certified and non certified). In 2017 alone, EJFD has brought on a total of ten new members.
EJFD would like to thank our mutual aid partners from the Essex Fire Department, Essex Rescue, Inc., Essex Police Department, Saint Michael's College Fire and Rescue, Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Fighters' Association Inc. CCVFC and the Williston Fire Department for their continued support and response to calls when requested. Mutual aid is given to us by these agencies at the drop of a hat, and they only ask that we do the same in return.
What a successful year 2017 was. Looking forward to the future, 2018 has already started off busy with two fire and two medical calls this morning! We also are anxiously awaiting the anticipated summer arrival of our new Pierce engine, which will be replacing our 20 year old Engine 21.
Happy new year from all of us at EJFD! Lets make it a good one!
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As we welcome the new year, we wanted to take a moment to review 2019 at the Essex Junction Fire Department. What a year it was!In 2019 the Essex Junction Fire Department responded to 491 emergency calls for service. Of these, 93 calls were for EMS First Response. Fire incidents were fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, elevator alarms, motor vehicle crashes with injuries, motor vehicle crashes with fluid clean up, lift assists to Essex Rescue and many more. Here is a look back at the more signi...
It is with profound sadness that the Essex Junction Fire Department announces the passing of active member, Charles "Chuck" Barry.Chuck has actively served the Essex Junction Fire Department for the past 34 years. In 1985, while working for IBM, Chuck joined the Essex Junction Fire Department. In his time with the department we estimate that Chuck ran over 7k calls, since 2004 he has run approximately 3,500 calls. The department was one with his family, with both his son and wife servi...
2018 Year in Review As 2018 comes to a close, we wanted to share some of the accomplishments and responses from the past year.2018 was an exciting year with the delivery of our new Engine 7, our new primary pumper for firefighting in the Village. Many hours were spent training on and preparing this new apparatus for service. This engine will serve the Village and surrounding communities for years to come as this apparatus was designed by the firefighters, for the firefighters. During 2...
This Wednesday, we visit the name of our second due engine, Engine 21 or; "Painesville Hose Company." Engine 21 is our 1997 E-One pumper that responds as the second engine out of EJFD and also responds as our mutual aid engine to surrounding communities. 21 holds 750 gallons of water and has a 1250 GPM pump. Engine 21 will soon be retiring as we anxiously await the arrival of our new engine from Pierce! 21 has served us well over the years, pumping more fires than most members can...
Have you ever wondered why our apparatus are numbered the way they are? Why our station is located where it is? Why our department identifier is 800? Have you ever wondered some more about the history of the EJFD? Starting today and for the next few Wednesdays, the EJFD will be posting "tid bits" of information on the history of the Department and some explanations. Today, we visit the topic of the name of our primary engine, Engine 5 "Hubbells Falls Engine Company...
HERE IT IS! YOUR ESSEX JUNCTION FIRE DEPARTMENT YEAR IN REVIEW2017 proved to be one of our busiest years on record for emergency calls for the department. EJFD responded to a total of 538 calls for service. A total of 110 of these calls were for medical first response. The busiest month in 2017 was October with a total of 66 calls. 50 of these calls were fire and 16 were medical. ------------------------------------------------------------Here is a breakdown of statistics for &quo...
Midnight tonight will signify the end of an era here at the EJFD. Effective July 1st, our 1st Assistant Chief Ray Weed will be stepping down and assuming the role of Safety Officer. To give you a brief overview of Ray's service and dedication to this department, here is a brief list of time served and accomplishments thus far:-Joined the EJFD in 1975-Has held all officer ranks besides the rank of Lieutenant-Has held the rank of 1st Assistant Chief for a total of 23 years-Has held the ra...
In the month of October, Essex Junction Fire Department responded a total of 42 emergency calls for service. 39 of those were fire calls while the remaining three were medical calls. Some of the larger incidents we responded to were;-Brush fire at Indian Brook Reservoir-Brush fires on Parizo Drive -Brush fire on Old Colchester Road-Crock pot fire in a residence on Southdown Court-Extrication of one victim following a crash on Park Street-Station coverage for Williston Fire Department, ...
In September the Essex Junction Fire Department answered a total of 27 calls for service. 25 of these calls were fire calls while the other two were medical calls.Some of the larger incidents we responded to were: -Dryer fire at Baymont Inn on Susie Wilson Road-Brush fire on Cherokee Avenue-Brush fire on Autumn Pond WayOther calls we responded to included an assist to Essex Police, fire alarms and motor vehicle crashes. As the weather continues to get colder, we remind everyone to...
The month of August proved to be the busiest month thus far for 2016 for the Essex Junction Fire Department. We answered a total of 44 calls for service, 39 of which were fire calls and 5 of which were medical calls. August was a good month, with no major fire emergencies within the community. Among fire alarm and carbon monoxide alarm activations, the EJFD also responded to;-A small fire in a house on Beech Street which was extinguished by the homeowner prior to fire department arrival-A r...
June proved to be another steady month for the EJFD firefighters. We responded to a total of 27 fire calls and 9 medical emergencies. The majority of the calls were motor vehicle crashes, fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and elevator emergencies.Some of the more notable calls were:-House fire on Lost Nation Road in Essex. Engine 21, Utility 61 and fire police responded with Essex Town with a total of 11 personnel. Crews made a very aggressive attack and had the fire contained and un...
May proved to be another steady month for the EJFD firefighters. We responded to a total of 28 fire calls and 6 medical emergencies. The majority of the calls were motor vehicle crashes, fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and elevator emergencies.Some of the more notable calls were:-Cardiac arrest assist with Essex Rescue in the Village-House fire on Essex Road in Williston. Engine 21, Utility 61 and fire police responded with a total of seven personnel. Fire damage was contained to the bathroo...
In April the Essex Junction Fire Department responded to a total of 39 emergency calls with 28 of those being fire calls and 11 being emergency medical calls. Along with elevator rescues, fire alarms and motor vehicle crashes, we also responded to the following incidents:-Dryer fire at the laundromat on Pearl Street. Fire held in check by the sprinkler, remaining fire extinguished by crew from Engine 5 within moments of arrival on the scene. Damage was contained to the dryer. -An odor of ga...
~~In March the Essex Junction Fire Department responded to 28 fire and 12 emergency medical calls which has been the busiest month in 2016 for the members. We responded to three fire incidents; -Chimney fire at Lang Farm Nursery (extinguished with no extension to the home, responded with Essex Fire) -Brush fire on Brown's River Road (responded with Essex Fire, Underhill-Jericho Fire and Colchester Center Fire) -Apartment fire on Susie Wilson Road (small fire contained to ...
~~February month in review!The members of the EJFD responded to 34 calls for service in the month of February which included the following:-7 medical first response calls-3 aircraft emergencies at the Burlington International Airport-Multiple motor vehicle crashes-Multiple elevator emergencies-Assist Essex Police with forcing entry to a residence for a welfare check of an individualThere were no fires this month, and most other calls were for fire alarm activations.We have answered 9 calls for s...
Here is your January month in review:The Essex Junction Fire Department responded to a total of 33 emergency calls for service in the month of January. There were 23 fire calls and 10 medical calls. Some of the larger incidents we responded to were:-House fire on Park Street in the Village-Station coverage for Williston Fire Department-Multiple vehicle collision on Pearl Street East boundOther incidents were elevator emergencies, motor vehicle crashes, fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms...
~~Happy new year!With 2015 behind us, we wanted to take a moment to provide a brief year in review for the Essex Junction Fire Department, so here we go!The Essex Junction Fire Department responded to a total of 449 emergency calls for service. 355 of these calls were fire, with the remaining 91 being medical calls. The busiest month was June with a total of 50 calls and the slowest month was December with 25 calls. Compared to last year, it was a busier year regarding "larger incidents&quo...
During the month of October, the Essex Junction firefighters responded to a total of 25 fire and 11 medical calls. Members handled a large shed fire on Aspen Drive with the assistance of firefighters from Essex Fire. Crews were able to get a very quick knock on the fire, preventing it from spreading to nearby homes and woods. Junction firefighters assisted a resident with ventilating her condominium after she burned plastic in her oven. Thankfully there was no extension from the small ...
The Essex Fire Department acquired a single family home on River Road in Essex to use for training earlier this month. Fire Chief Cole was gracious enough to invite Essex Junction Fire, Colchester Center Fire, Saint Michael's Fire and Westford Fire to participate in this morning of live burns. Beginning at 0600 hrs, the Essex firefighters ran the training burn, starting with single room fires (which simulate your "standard" bedroom fire). Essex Junction firefighters were able ...
Here is your September month in review!Another busy month with 29 fire and 8 medical calls on the books. The members of EJFD responded to the following larger incidents:Ladder 3 and Utility 61 responded mutual aid to the town of Williston to Casella on Avenue B for two trucks on fire next to a building. Members assisted with overhaul of the vehicles. A few days later, Ladder 3 and Utility 61 were requested to respond mutual aid to Williston for a grill on fire spreading to a home, but the c...
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Chart telling of the risks of Carbon Monoxide by level and time.
Our mutual aid neighbors from Williston for both Fire and EMS