West Fairlee Volunteer Fire Department Annual Report 2008

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Annual Report and request for funding from the Town of West Fairlee Vermont.

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<ul><li><p>A n n u a l R e p o r t - C Y 2 0 0 8 </p><p>West Fairlee neighbor, friend and supporter, In March 2008, at Town Meeting, you voted for us to receive $20,000 to provide emergency services for our community. In 2009 we are requesting level funding of $20,000. Financial Information: 2008 Expenses 2008 Income Insurance 8269.00 Town 20000.00 Heat 2510.77 Fundraising Activities 3316.97 Electricity 931.82 Donations 1858.23 Repairs/gas 1746.25 Insurance Refund 17.00 Dues 550.00 Funds from CD 6000.00 Mowing / Plowing 1395.00 Sale of Truck 500.00 Equipment 3825.41 Truck 8000.00 Training 360.00 Misc. 736.73 Total 28324.98 31692.20 Balance 12/31/08: 12280.49 In 2008 we responded to 16 calls. In 2008 we purchased a new Engine (a Hahn Custom Cab) from New Hamburg, New York and sold our 1979 Tanker truck to the Corinth Vermont Fire Department Jim, Steve, and Kevin completed VT Fire Academy Level 1 Training (a commitment each Thursday for 4 hours and each Sunday for 6 hours, not including travel, October-May). Currently Holly, Lisa and Scott have made that commitment and are attending the same training. In addition Kevin and Cory are attending VT Fire Academy Level 2 Training. It is a privilege to serve you, Kevin Dexter (Chief) Cory Austin (Assistant Chief) James Hafford (First Lieutenant) Steven Dexter (Second Lieutenant) Buzz Austin Holly Austin Matt Austin Nancy Bragg (Treasurer) Russ Bragg (President) Doug Broadbant Gary Durkee Jason Fahey Brett Fifield Brad Garrow Peter Garrow Scott Graham (Secretary) David Moore Lisa Ordway Will Ordway Alan Rowell </p><p>W e s t F a i r l e e V o l u n t e e r F i r e D e p a r t m e n t 2 0 3 4 V T R o u t e 1 1 3 , W es t F a i r l ee , V e r mo n t 0 5 0 8 3 </p><p>h t tp : // w w w. W es tF a i r l eeV FD .o r g </p></li><li><p>A n n u a l R e p o r t - C Y 2 0 0 8 </p><p>The Year in Pictures </p><p>W e s t F a i r l e e V o l u n t e e r F i r e D e p a r t m e n t 2 0 3 4 V T R o u t e 1 1 3 , W es t F a i r l ee , V e r mo n t 0 5 0 8 3 </p><p>h t tp : // w w w. W es tF a i r l eeV FD .o r g </p></li><li><p> January 2007 </p><p> Chimney and Woodstove Fire Safety </p><p>Fireplaces </p><p>Have your chimney inspected by a professional prior to the start of every heating season and cleaned if necessary. Creosote, a chemical substance that forms when wood burns, builds up in chimneys and can cause a chimney fire if not removed through cleaning. Always protect your home and your family by using a sturdy fireplace screen when burning fires. Remember to burn only wood - never burn paper or pine boughs, which can float out the chimney and ignite your roof or a neighboring home. Do not use flammable liquids in a fireplace. If you are purchasing a factory-built fireplace, select one listed by a testing laboratory, and have it installed according to local codes. If you decorate your fireplace with Christmas stockings or other seasonal decorations, don't burn fires in it. Wood Stoves </p><p>Be sure your wood stove bears the mark of an independent testing laboratory and meets local fire codes. </p><p>Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for proper installation, use and maintenance. </p><p>Chimney connections and chimney flues should be inspected at the beginning of each heating season and cleaned when necessary. </p><p> Follow the same safety rules for wood stoves as you would for space heaters. Burn only wood, and be sure the wood stove is placed on an approved stove board to protect the floor from heat and hot coals. </p><p>Fireplaces and wood burning stoves are auxiliary home heating devices that demand care and attention in their purchase, installation, and maintenance. For someone considering the installation of a wood or coal stove, a fireplace, or a solid-fuel furnace, careful consideration must be given to the safety aspects of the equipment and the installation. Expert advise is often required. Instructions must be followed to the letter. </p><p> Following these precautions can reduce the possibility of a fire or injury related to woodstove use. </p><p> All wood burning stoves and fireplaces should be cleaned and inspected before the heating season begins. </p><p> Make sure that the door latch closes properly. </p><p> Furnaces and water heaters which have flue pipes attached to the chimney of a fireplace or wood burning stove should have tight fitting joints and seams. </p><p> Never use liquid fuel to start the fire in a fireplace or wood burning stove. </p><p> Ashes need to be thoroughly dampened, cooled, and stored in </p><p>metal cans that are used solely for ash storage, not in compost piles, cartons, boxes or anything else that is combustible. </p><p> It is important to use only thoroughly dried hardwood. This will prevent or slow the buildup of creosote. That is the cause of many chimney fires. </p><p> Have the chimney and flue inspected by a qualified mason or chimney sweep prior to use. Cracks in the flue or mortar joints can allow flames and heated gases to extend into the structure. </p><p> Use a fireplace screen to prevent flying sparks and embers from falling out onto the floor. </p><p> Install and maintain smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to provide protection for your family. </p><p> Although these following these precautions should reduce your risk of a chimney fire, be aware of the signs of one and know what to do if you encounter them -- a loud roar, sucking sounds, shaking pipes, hot spots on wall or chimney, or smoke in the house or apartment. If you hear or see any of these sounds shut off the fire's air supply, get everyone out of the house quickly, and call 911 from a neighbor's phone. </p><p>See the back of this page for additional information on code requirements </p><p>Code Information Sheet </p><p>State of Vermont ~ Department of Public Safety</p><p>CIS</p><p> - 2</p><p>3 </p></li><li><p> Requirements of the 2005 Vermont Fire &amp; Building Safety Code Minimum Performance. A chimney or vent shall be so designed and constructed to develop a flow sufficient to remove completely all flue or vent gases to the outside atmosphere. [ NFPA 211 Sec.4.1.1] Solid fuel-burning appliances listed for installation in enclosed spaces or alcoves less than 512 cu ft shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of the listing and the manufacturer's instructions. [ NFPA 211 Sec 12.2.2.1] Solid fuel-burning appliances shall not be installed in any location where gasoline or any other flammable vapors or gases are present. [ NFPA 211 Sec 12.2.3 ] Solid fuel-burning appliances shall not be installed in any garage. Any floor assembly, slab, or arch shall extend not less than 18 in. (457 mm) beyond the appliance on all sides. [ NFPA 211 Sec 12.5.1.1.4] In lieu of the requirements for floor protection specified herein, a floor protector listed by a recognized testing laboratory and installed in accordance with the installation instructions shall be permitted to be employed. [ NFPA 211 Sec 12.5.1.1.5 ] The Clearances from Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances shall be not less than specified in Table 12.6.1. </p><p>OFFICE OF THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL &amp; STATE FIRE ACADEMY </p><p>Central Office Berlin 802-479-7561 State Fire Academy Office Pittsford 802-483-2755 Regional Offices Barre 802-479-4434 * Rutland 802-786-5867 * Springfield 802-885-8883 * Williston 802-879-2300 www.vtfiresafety.org </p><p>Table 12.6.1 </p><p>Standard Clearances for Solid Fuel-Burning Residential Appliances to combustibles </p><p> From front 36 From sides 36 From back 36 Clearance from stove pipe 18 Legs of the wood stove 4 The stove should be on masonry with 18 clearance on all sides </p></li></ul>

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