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 2018 we gained several new members while saying goodbye to several long-time members who moved on for various reasons. We want to take a minute and say thank you to all our members for their dedication to their training both internally and externally. We had several members participate in and complete Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2 and Fire Instructor 1 courses as well as several county courses and seminars across the state.
During the year 2018, the EJFD responded to a total of 584 calls for service. This includes 139 EMS First Response calls. Of these calls for service, we responded to:
-385 calls in the Village of Essex Junction
-114 calls in the Town of Essex
-59 automatic mutual aid calls in District 2 (also known as the Susie Wilson area)
-140 fire or carbon monoxide alarm activations
-52 motor vehicle crashes
-11 structure fires
-5 brush fires
-3 vehicle fires
-2 chimney fires
The EJFD responded mutual aid to the following towns:
4-Burlington International Airport
On average, our busiest day of the week for fire calls were Mondays with a total of 91 calls. Our average arrival time for emergency calls was five minutes, with our average turnout being seven members.
Here is a review of some of more significant incidents we responded to in 2018:
-House fire on Center Road (arson)
-Extrication on Route 128
-Chimney fire on Old Creamery Road in Williston
-House fire on Canyon Estates Drive in Colchester
-Fire in a hotel room at the Baymont Inn
-Multiple vehicles & brush fire on Old Colchester Road
-Brush fire on 289
-Odor investigation at the VSP Barracks in Williston
-CO incident on Carmichael Street
-House fire Juniper Ridge
-4 alarm commercial building fire at Casella on Avenue C in Williston
-Trailer fire at the Champlain Valley Exposition
-House fire on Jericho Road (arson)
-Two fires in an apartment on Central Street (arson)
-HAZMAT incident at the Sports & Fitness Edge
-Vehicle into a building on Pearl Street
-Apartment fire on Pearl Street
-4 alarm commercial building fire at J & B International on Hercules Drive in Colchester
-Extrication on Susie Wilson Road
As we transition into the new year we look forward to what 2019 has to offer. We look forward to continuing to serve the community and we will be there to answer the call if you need us!
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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...
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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...
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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