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Bristol Area Lions tour Fire Station 09/25/2011

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Bristol Lion and Fire Capt. Bill Crider presents Bristol Fire Chief Paul Leeman with a certificate of appreciation for his presentation.

On Mon., Sept. 19, The Bristol Area Lions Club met at the Bristol Fire and Rescue’s New Harbor station. This was one of several on site tours that the Lions Club has had in the past couple of years.

Bristol Fire Chief, Paul Leeman greeted and spoke to the group and conducted a station and equipment tour. Chief Leeman showed the large compliance manual that the fire department uses to conduct all operations and training.

Since the 9 -11 attack on the twin towers in New York City, fire departments have found themselves subject to more and more governmental oversight. Federal funding in the form of grants is available to help many departments but they sometimes have to conform to new training and certifications to be eligible for some grants.

The Bristol Fire Dept. holds a monthly business meeting the first Tuesday of the month, trains on the second, works on maintenance on the third with additional meetings and training on the fourth Tuesday if necessary.

Like all Lincoln County fire departments, the Bristol Fire Dept. consists of all-volunteer responders. Many members leave their regular jobs to respond to car accidents, fires, boating emergencies, etc. All members are on call 24-hours a day and respond when they can or if needed.

Bristol has stations located in New Harbor, Round Pond and Bristol Mills, due to the geographical size of the town, and the number of residences and businesses within five road miles of a station.
Chief Leeman said that due to the expense of buying and maintaining equipment it is impossible to have duplicate equipment in all stations in town.

This is also why rural fire departments now rely heavily on mutual aid from surrounding towns. The sharing of equipment that may only be needed once or twice a year allows departments to reduce operating budgets.

The Lions were shown the departments Rescue 1 that is set up as an ambulance, where patients are treated and made ready for transport and transferred to a CLC ambulance. The first responders are the medical section of the department and respond to medical emergencies as well as standing by at other call in case of injuries.

Rescue 2 is a heavy rescue truck and carries the “jaws of life”, water rescue equipment, traffic accident safety equipment, a cascade supply system for the air packs, and many other tools and equipment.

Tank 1 holds 2000 gallons of water, and Engine 1 carries 1000 gallons of water. Bristol also has a pumper and an 18’ Boston Whaler in Round Pond and a pumper and a tank truck in Bristol Mills.

Each station has a four- wheeler ATV is used for forest fires and search and rescue.

The Lions were impressed by the equipment owned by the town and how well it was maintained. After the station tour the members adjourned to the Willing Workers Hall for dinner and a business meeting.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions is on Mon., Oct. 3, at 6:00 p.m. when Animal Control Officer Mike Witte will discuss local wildlife. To make a reservation for that meeting, or to learn more about the Bristol Area Lions, please call 677-2095. contact Andy Noyes at 677-2213.

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