Arlington Fire Department Practice Session

The normal Vassar Farm exit was blocked by Arlington Fire District equipment, but the scene was calm and nobody objected when I asked to ride through:

Fire Department Practice - Hose Engine
Fire Department Practice – Hose Engine

They were practicing hose deployment and structure entry in a soon-to-be-demolished building:

Fire Department Practice - Theatrical Smoke
Fire Department Practice – Theatrical Smoke

That’s theatrical smoke, not a real fire; the folks off the right of the picture told me it’s impossible to burn down old structures for practice nowadays, what with all the environmental regulations.

The Tower Truck obviously has more reach than they’ll need for the second floor:

Fire Department Practice - Ladder Truck
Fire Department Practice – Ladder Truck

A few days later, we spotted Fairview Fire District folks scoping out the house.

We think this might be Vassar’s way of contributing back to the various emergency departments, as the College is mostly tax-exempt.

5 thoughts on “Arlington Fire Department Practice Session

  1. Our fire department in our city used to send out a boom truck (snorkel rig, if memory serves) to motor vehicle accidents until they upgraded their structure rigs. Those really big trucks have lots-o-storage compartments, and it is amazing how much stuff you need on an incident.

    Haven’t seen it out in several years, but they spent a lot of money replacing several engines a while ago.

    1. Around here, E911 dispatches fire equipment along with the ambulance on medical callouts, apparently for assistance with forcible entry and lifting. Makes sense to me!

      1. Yeah, that’s pretty much standard here. The city fire department insists incoming firemen have an EMT Intermediate cert, and the ‘bus and engines are colocated in the stations in town. (Different for the rurals for various reasons.) That way it’s no sweat to have both on scene at the same time. That also should decrease the load on the EMTs with Advanced or Paramedic ratings. (At least here, the Paras taught everybody else.)

  2. I can’t believe such a nice house is going to be demolished.

    1. The picture shows its “good” side; the rest has deteriorated and the roof may be leaking. Vassar apparently used it as a storage unit for the last two decades, so it may have been uninhabitable even before that.

      I spotted an Apple mapping vehicle on that road, so, if you’ve got access to Apple maps, perhaps you can go back in time: look for “Rombout House Lane Poughkeepsie NY”. The Google and Bing street imagery doesn’t include that road and their aerial maps are a couple of years old, but you’ll get the idea.

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