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About the Fairmont Fire Department


Services

The Fairmont Fire Department does much more than just put out fires. The primary function of the fire department is to prevent, and minimize loss of life and property. The fire department is trained and equipped to perform structural firefighting, basic emergency medical services, vehicle rescue, confined space rescue, structural rescue, water rescue and hazardous material spills.

Statistics

The Fairmont Fire department averages around 2000 calls each year. While building construction and life safety laws have made the number of fires decrease over the years, the number of medical and rescue related calls has increased, causing the overall number to slowly rise each year.

Stations

    Station 1

Station 1 is the central fire station, located in the public safety complex at 500 Quincy St. Central station is home to the Chief’s office and the Fire Department’s secretary. This station is usually staffed by five personnel. Central station is where the shift commander is stationed; it houses an Engine, Rescue, ladder truck, boat, and various support vehicles.

    Station 2

Station 2 is located on Morgantown Ave. and protects the east side of Fairmont. East Side station houses one Engine, and two firefighters. This is the oldest station and the only one left with a brass fireman’s pole.

    Station 3

Station 3 is first-due to the Watson area, Fairmont State University, the High-Tech Park, and is located on Mary-Lou Retton Dr. This station is manned by two firefighters and houses two engines (one spare), a mini-pumper, a hazardous materials response trailer, and mobile lighting unit.

    Station 4

Station 4 covers the Bellview community, and is located on Pennsylvania Ave. It houses two firefighters and one engine.

Staffing

The Fairmont Fire Department is manned 24 hours a day, every day of the year. In charge of the department is the Chief, whose office is located in Central Station. The chief works day shift, and is assisted by a secretary. Also assisting the chief is a training/ fire prevention officer.

The 24 hour protection is offered by firefighters divided equally into three shifts of 13. Each shift is commanded by a Captain, stationed in central, and two lieutenants.

Each firefighter begins his or her career as a probationary firefighter, and is required to complete a three year apprenticeship program through the National Labor Board. All promotions are done internally and are tested.

Apparatus

    Rescue 4

Rescue 4 is a 2001 GMC C-6500 commercial cab medium rescue. It carries various tools capable of vehicle extrication, confined-space rescue, rope rescue, structural rescue, and basic hazardous materials control. This truck has a PTO generator capable of powering its multiple on-board scene lights, and any other power need at an emergency scene. Rescue 4 is also capable of filling firefighters’ air bottles.

    Engine 41

Engine 41 is a 2007 Smeal Advantage Class A custom pumper. It carries 500 gallons of water, and has a 25 gallon foam induction system. It is capable of pumping 2000 gallons of water per minute. It also carries hydraulic rescue tools to supplement the rescue truck with extrication.

    Engine 42

Engine 42 is a 1983 American LaFrance Century Class A pumper. It holds 500 gallons of water, and various firefighting tools, ladders and hose. 42 is housed at East-Side Station.

    Engine 43

Engine 43 is 1995 Pierce Saber Class-A custom pumper. It holds 500 gallons of water, and various firefighting tools, ladders and hose and can flow water at 1250 Gallons per minute. 43 is stationed at Watson Station.

    Engine 44

Engine 44 is a 1996 Pierce Saber, Class-A custom pumper. It holds 500 gallons of water, and various firefighting tools, ladders and hose and can flow water at 1250 Gallons per minute. Engine 44 is located in Bellview Station.

    Engine 45

Engine 45 is a 1983 American LaFrance Century Class A pumper. 45 is a “twin” to engine 42. It hauls 500 gallons of water, various firefighting tools, ladders and hose. 45 is the spare engine and is housed at Watson Station.

    Ladder 46

Ladder 46 is a 1976 American Fire Apparatus Hendrickson. It has an 85’ platform, and carries numerous other ground ladders. Ladder 46 is a spare ladder truck and is housed at Watson Station. 

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 Ladder 47

Ladder 47 is a 2007 pierce one-hundred foot platform truck with a 2000 gpm pump twin, 2000 gpm nozzles on the platform, 515 hp Detroit Diesel Engine, 300 gallon on board tank, fully equipped ladder company stationed in Central Fire Station.

    Unit 48

Unit 48 is 2001 Jeep Cherokee. It is a support vehicle used mainly for EMS response. It carries basic life support supplies.

      Unit 49

Unit 49 is a 2001 GMC Astro Van. It is the training/ fire  prevention officer’s vehicle.

    Chief 4

This is the Fire Chief’s vehicle. It is a 2001 Jeep Cherokee.

    Boat 4

Boat 4 is a 14’ flat-bottom powerboat. It has a 15 HP motor, and is used for rescue, recovery and access to incidents on the rivers and bodies of water in and around Fairmont.

ISO

ISO stands for “Insurance Services Office.” ISO rates municipalities with their capacity to handle a fire, and to minimize its damage to property.

  • What does this mean to me?

Every fifteen years, ISO rates geographical areas by three areas and assigns that area a number from 1-10, 1 being the best rating. ISO then turns this information over to insurance companies. Insurance companies use this information to determine statistically the amount of damage a fire will do before being brought under control. ISO rates an area by the communications or 911 system, the water supply (including fire hydrants), and lastly the fire department. The 911 system makes up 10% of this rating, the water supply 40% and the capabilities of the fire department 50%.

The citizens of Fairmont benefit from an ISO rating of 4. This means that fire insurance in the city limits is considerably less than areas with higher ISO ratings.