- Rockland to Host Bob Page EMS Courses September 14th & 15th, 2013
- House heavily damage by explosion on Pleasant St.
- Room and contents fire on Broadway
- Automatic Aid Structure Fire on Weskeag Rd. in Owls Head.
- 2 Alarm Structure Fire on Talbot Ave.
- Vehicle Stabilization Kit Makes Extrication Safer
Rockland is pleased to host nationally recognized EMS trainer Bob Page who will be presenting three classes over two days, September 14 &15, 2013. Saturday Bob will present his course titled "Multi-Lead Medics" covering 12 and 15 lead interpretation. On Sunday he will present "Slap the Cap" a program covering capnography and "Stethoscopy" an interactive program on using your stethoscope. Please join us in welcoming and learning from a truly dynamic EMS instructor. Classes are $50 for one day or $80 for both.
RFD responded to a reported explosion at 183 Pleasant St. Crews found a single family dwelling with significant structural damage and fire in the basement. After ensuring all occupants were safe and assessing the building crews were able to enter and extinguish the fire. The State Fire Marshal's Office was called to assist RFD with the origin and cause of the fire and explosion. The home had to be vacated due to the structural damage caused when the sills and lower portions of numerous walls were pushed out by the explosion.
Rockland Fire/EMS responded to 319 Braodway for a reported structure fire. The fire was discovered by South Thomaston Fire Chief Bryan Calderwood, who noticed smoke coming from the eaves as he drove by.
A-shift firefighters forced entry and immediately extinguished the fire in the living room. No one was home at the time of the fire which caused significant damage to the first floor and smoke damage to the upper floor.
The State Fire Marshal's Office assisted RFD in determining the origin and cause which was determined to be electrical in nature.
Rockland Firefighters assist Owls Head FD with post Nemo fire
2-10-13: RFD crews shovelling hydrants after "Nemo" were sent to Owls Head for a reported fire at Frankie's Garage on Weskeag Rd. The local landmark business had smoke showing from the eaves upon arrival of Chief Jordan and Owls Head Chief Frank Ross. Squad 3 arrived minutes later and along with a S. Thomaston Engine 5's crew attemtped to contain the fire with an offensive attack. Conditions deteriorated rapidly due to the layout and contents of the auto repair shop and interior crews were pulled out in favor of a defense posture. Owls Head, Rockland and South Thomaston crews battled the fire, but were hampered by the significant snow immediately around the structure and a lack of water. The State Fire Marshal's Office investigators ruled the fire to be accidental in nature, caused by a malfunction of a waste oil heating system.
Rockport Firefighters assist RFD personnel to minimize fire
12-1-11: RFD responded to a reported structure fire in a four unit apartment building at 25 Talbot Ave around 8 pm. Upon arrival A/C Elwell found heavy smoke emanating from the first floor prompting a 2nd Alarm. PD units were busy helping residents escape the building, as crews went to work on the fire. Rockland firefighters were assisted by Rockport FD who were summoned on the 2nd alarm. Crews held the fire to the apartment of origin and removed smoke from the rest of the two and a half story structure. The fire was investigated by RFD, Rockland Police and the State Fire Marshal's Office and has been determined to have been intentionally caused.
The system is made up of four telescopic steel tubes that secure in multiple lengths between 36 and 96 inches. These tubes are secured to the vehicle on an angle by two lower straps and an upper connection or chain thereby affixing the vehicle into position. This is especially important where extrication requires numerous persons or hydraulic equipment which threatens to topple an unstable vehicle. In the past, personnel have utilized many other means to secure unstable vehicles, ranging from the use of winches, come-a-longs and rope to wooden blocking. While these makeshift methods were effective, they are generally more time consuming and do not provide the same margin of safety as the new system does.
The new Res-Q-Jack system will be part of Rockland’s rescue arsenal which primarily will be stored on the new Squad 3 which will be in service later this month. As with all FD assets, they can and will be utilized to assist neighboring agencies throughout the Knox County Mutual Aid System.