While 2020 was certainly a unique year for everyone here at EJFD and everyone across the community, the country and the world, the dedicated professionals of the Essex Junction Fire Department still turned out to train to excellence nearly weekly and answer emergency calls for service anytime of day 24/7/365.
In 2020, the EJFD responded to a total of 303 fire calls and 112 EMS First Response calls for a grand total of 415 emergency calls for service.
The firefighters of EJFD once again logged thousands of combined hours of training over the year with many training sessions being held in unique, online platforms.
EJFD was requested to respond mutual aid to other communities a total of 25 times throughout the year. These responses included mutual aid provided to the following:
-Milton - 1
-Jericho - 2
-Colchester - 3
-Burlington International Airport - 3
-Williston - 16
Due to the pandemic and less traffic, we responded to fewer motor vehicle crashes over the year. We still responded to multiple significant incidents including the following:
-Nob Hill Road - Williston - Basement Fire - Ladder 3 responded and assisted with overhaul and ventilation
-Main Street - Milton - Large House Fire - Engine 7 responded and operated for over six hours in near zero temperatures battling the weather, frozen equipment and difficult fire conditions
-Barber Farm Road - Jericho - Chimney Fire - Ladder 3 responded and assisted the Underhill-Jericho Fire Department by providing the aerial ladder to provide access to the chimney
-Green Mountain Nursing Home - Colchester - Boiler Overheated - Ladder 3, Engine 7 and Car 9 responded and assisted Colchester Center Fire with investigating and ventilating smoke
-Route 117 - Jericho - Chimney Fire - Ladder 3 responded and assisted the Underhill-Jericho Fire Department by providing the aerial ladder to provide access to the chimney
-South Street - Essex Junction - Brush Fire - Engine 5 and Engine 7 responded and extinguished a brush fire in the woods in the area of Steven's Park
-Day Lane - Williston - Porch Fire - Ladder 3 and Car 9 responded and assisted the Williston Fire Department with overhauling multiple levels of porches which caught fire
-Villa Drive - Essex Junction - Truck Fire - Engine 7, Ladder 3 and Car 9 responded and found a pickup truck fully involved in a driveway threatening a residence. Fire was quickly knocked down and the residence sustained minor damage to the exterior with no further extension found
-Old Stage Road - Williston - Brush Fire - Engine 5 responded and operated with firefighters from Williston, Richmond and Essex Fire at a large brush fire approximately one half mile into a field
-Morse Drive - Essex - Dumpster & Brush Fire - Engine 7 and Ladder 3 responded and found a dumpster and area of brush on fire, which was quickly extinguished with no further extension
-Baymont Inn - Essex - Kitchen Fire - Engine 7 and Ladder 3 responded and found a fire in a kitchen on the third floor which had been knocked down by a fire extinguisher prior to arrival. Firefighters completed extinguishing the cabinets, overhauling and checking for extension
-Roscoe Court - Essex Junction - Brush Fire - Engine 5, Engine 7 and Car 9 responded and found a brush fire in the woods which was quickly extinguished by personnel
-Redmond Road - Williston - Commercial Building Fire - Ladder 3 responded and operated with firefighters from multiple towns on a multiple alarm fire in a commercial building
-Marshall Avenue - Williston - Shed Fire - Ladder 3 responded and assisted the Williston Fire Department with extinguishing and overhauling a large shed that was fully involved at Berlin City
-Boyer Circle - Williston - Building Fire - Ladder 3 and Car 9 responded and operated with firefighters from Williston, Essex, South Burlington and VTANG at a fire in the roof of an out building
-Nob Hill Road - Williston - House Fire - Ladder 3 and Engine 7 responded and operated on a second alarm house fire on Nob Hill Road, finding fire throughout and difficult overhaul conditions
-Pearl Street - Essex Junction - Fire in the Parking Garage - Engine 5 and Car 9 responded to what was initially a fire alarm activation at 4 Pearl Street, but upon arrival crews located a fire in the parking garage which was quickly extinguished
-Densmore Drive - Essex Junction - Fully Involved Structure Fire - Engine 5, Ladder 3 and Car 9 responded and found multiple vehicles and the entire carport fully involved threatening three separate condominiums. Personnel worked aggressively to protect the exposures and knock down the large fire volume which was found on arrival, ultimately saving the three condominiums
-Gentes Road - Essex - Fire in a House - Engine 5 and Engine 7 responded and found a small fire inside an enclosed porch in the rear of the home, which was quickly extinguished by crews
-Margaret Street- Essex - Chimney Fire - Ladder 3 responded and worked with personnel from Essex Fire at a chimney fire, assisting with both interior and roof operations
We would like to thank the Village Trustees for their continued support of EJFD and our mission to protect lives and property. We would also like to thank the residents for their never-ending support of the department even during a difficult year. We are hopeful that as 2021 continues, we will be able to work back towards normal life where we can participate in the many community events we missed out on in 2020. Even with the pandemic we still took part in several community events, just in a different format.
We would also like to thank our mutual aid partners from Essex Fire, Essex Police, Essex Rescue, Saint Michael's Rescue, Colchester Rescue, Colchester Fire, and Williston Fire for their dedication to assisting us when we needed it and only asking that we do the same in return. The mutual aid relationships within Chittenden County are strong and each year we continue to see this through crews working as one fluid unit at any type of incident.
We wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy 2021 and look forward to serving our community for this year and many years to come.