Epping Fire Department
Happy New Year from the Epping Fire Department!
As we start a new year I wanted to go over and continue some Winter Safety Tips and also start educating our readers about our Fire Department and how we operate, so people have a better understanding.
Winter Safety Tips
As we start to hibernate from the cold, I wanted to remind people to keep exhaust vents and walkways clear of snow. Always have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on each floor and test your detectors monthly. When removing ashes from woodstoves and fireplaces, keep them in a snow bank far away from your house or residence.
When cleaning up snow, help out the Fire Department and your neighbors by keeping Fire Hydrants cleared out. Time is of the essence when extinguishing fires and the biggest problems in the winter are access to water supply and houses, along with road conditions.
Beware of ice on the ponds, lakes and rivers. The ice has to be 6 to 8 inches thick to walk on and over a foot thick to drive on – for recreational vehicles, etc. Stay away from open water areas and streams since there tends to be less ice from the movement of the water. Always call 911 and never attempt to go out to rescue a person or pet if they’ve fallen into the water. Always stay where you are, and call 911 while keeping an eye on the person or pet so the Fire Department has a point of reference when they arrive.
Epping Fire Department Operations
I wanted to talk about our Department for a little bit to educate our readers. Epping Fire Department is called a “Combination” Department, which means we have fulltime, part time/call and per diem members. Currently there are 43 Members, including 5 full-time members comprised of a full-time Fire Chief who works Monday thru Friday, and 4 full-time firefighters who work 12-hour shifts, 2 days on and 2 days off. Each shift has 2 full-time members who are trained at the Paramedic and Advanced EMT level. The rest are call or part-time members. There are 3 people on duty daily as well as a part-time administrator who is also EMT trained and can assist on calls when needed.
The Fire Department has two Fire stations. The one on Pleasant Street is the Central or Main Station. A second station, on Friend Street, houses Engine 2, Ambulance 2, and Forestry 2, along with a State EMS trailer for major disasters. The Town and Fire Department have put a lot of money into fixing up the Friend Street station so our members can respond there to calls in that area, especially in the evening when the call force is on duty.
The Fire Department responds to 1200 or more calls annually. Most calls are for medical aid. Epping tends to have multiple calls or back-to-back calls at times. We have even gone on 12 calls in 12 hours on some shifts. (And that’s not even the record!) The call volume is expected to increase in the next few years as the Town grows and adds more commercial and residential developments. I will continue to write about our Department’s operation and more safety tips throughout the year.
The Epping Fire Department not only fights fires and responds to medical calls, but also does water rescues, hazardous materials response, mutual aid to assist other towns and vehicle extrication. We also hold CPR and fire extinguisher classes as well as fire inspections and investigations. We are always training for all types of emergencies so we are ready to handle and mitigate any emergency situation. We are also here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Please feel free to stop by the Central Fire Station and meet your members of the community and see our apparatus and equipment. The full-time staff is on duty from 6 am to 6 pm. This is also a good time to get burn permits if needed.
Lieutenant Paul St Cyr
Fire Prevention Officer and 9-11 Liaison.
Epping Fire and Brick Museum
The Town of Epping, NH has allowed the Fire Department and Historical Society to transform the 1935 Fire Station into a museum to show off our antique fire apparatus and the history of the Fire Department. Epping also has in its history the brickyards. Bricks from Epping not only were used in this station but in many buildings throughout the country. Our plan is to show the history of the brickyards in a portion of this museum. Replacing the ceiling, replacing the overhead doors, cleaning the building, (empty since 2001) painting, building display areas and general maintenance will cost close to $10,000. Myself and other volunteers have begun the work but cannot continue until we have some donations. When the museum is finished the antique apparatus will be able to be viewed from Main Street. School children will be able to visit the museum and learn how their grandparents and great grandparents fought fires in the 1800s and how fire education progressed through the years. Visitors can see the workmanship in this brick building that was constructed with Epping bricks and at the same time learn the history of Epping brickyards. My name is Cliff Cray. I am a captain on Epping Fire and Rescue. I joined the Department as a Fire Ward in 1978 and the Fire Department as a volunteer in 1981 and worked out of this station until moving to our present station in 2001. The voters approved the use of this station as a museum but we have no funding. Please donate to our cause. Donations may be made to "The Friends of the Epping Fire and Brick Museum," 37 Pleasant Street, Epping, NH 03042. We also have a GoFundMe page which can be reached at www.GoFundMe.com/friends of the Epping Fire and Brick museum. Please donate even if all you can do is $5.00 and please share the Go Fund Me page on your Facebook page and to your email friends.
At this time, our volunteers from the Rockingham County Jail have replaced the rear ceilings, replaced broken panels in the front ceilings and painted the entire ceiling white with the cross steel beams red. This past week they replaced some walls around the stairs. They will be back in January to strip and paint the floors. When we have the money, the doors will be replaced with doors with windows so the antiques can be viewed from outside when the museum is closed. The basement will be the next project and the cleaning and rehabbing are in the planning stage. There are some pictures on the GoFundMe page so please look.
Submitted by Cliff Cray
Burn Permits are required for all outside burning. Permits will be issued at the fire station seven days a week, 6:00 am-6:00 pm. Permits Will Not be issued when fire danger is class 3 or above.
If you have any questions contact the Fire Department at 679-5446.
For Daily Fire Danger and an explanation of the different danger levels, please follow the link http://www.nhdfl.org/fire-control-and-law-enforcement/daily-fire-danger.aspx