fleet of the Simsbury Fire District consists of seven engines,
two aerials, two rescues, one tanker, a brush unit, five utility
vehicles of multiple purposes, two marine units and two
equipment trailers. Although each apparatus has a regular fire
station assignment, it is not uncommon for apparatus to be moved
from one station to another. Occasionally apparatus will have to
be taken offline for maintenance.
In addition, the Fire Company has instituted a "swap" program to
occasionally rotate apparatus to different stations for a
one-month period. The resulting effect is that members get
exposed to apparatus that they might not necessarily ride on
often. This helps to keep the membership familiar
with the entire
fleet should a replacement apparatus be assigned to their
station, or should they find themselves near a station other
than their assigned station when an incident is "toned-out."
Simsbury's apparatus fleet along with the Public
Fire Education Trailer and our antique fire
apparatus Engine 1.
Each fire station
is assigned one engine. The seventh engine is of special design
and doubles not only as an engine, but also as a heavy brush
unit and a spare for when any of the other engines are offline
for maintenance. This overlap virtually ensures that every fire
station has an engine assigned to it.
The two aerials,
two rescues, two marine units, and two brush units are also
geographically dispersed to provide the most efficient coverage
throughout the town. The fleet's only tanker is located at the
West Simsbury Station. In addition to this being a
centralized location for our tanker, much of the
surrounding area is not covered by fire hydrants, and the tanker
helps augment the available water supply.
Here is a brief
description of some of our primary apparatus and how they are
utilized to protect Simsbury. The Fire Company and Fire District
are very proud of the fact that all engines, aerials and rescues
have been equipped with automatic external defibrillators.
function of an engine, also known as a pumper, is to attack a
fire or protect exposures through the use of it's many hoses or
deck gun, and to lay hose for the establishment of a water
supply. When hydrants aren't available, engines may be required
to supply water by drafting (the process of lifting water to an
engine from a static source), or by shuttling water to the
An engine company
in Simsbury may be required to perform other duties such as
forcible entry, search and rescue, ventilation, and salvage and
overhaul. Therefore engine companies carry many tools in
addition to just hose such as a standard compliment of
ground and roof ladders, various extinguishers, and
conduct forcible entry, salvage and overhaul.
also called trucks, provide elevation and reach to conduct
operations from. This could mean ventilating a roof, attacking a
chimney fire, or providing a means for entry/egress to the upper
levels of a structure including rescue. Simsbury's two aerial
apparatus also have piped waterways providing elevated fire
streams for direct fire attack or exposure protection.
In addition to an
aerial device, these companies carry a generous assortment of
roof and ground ladders to provide upper-level access. You will
also find many of the same tools as found on the engines, along
with gas-powered cut-off saws and chainsaws. Both of the aerial
apparatus are equipped with thermal imaging cameras.
apparatus in Simsbury carry specialized equipment for rescue and
other tasks. Hydraulic,
pneumatic and electrically powered
tools, as well as specialized hand tools for vehicle
extrications are carried on the rescues, as is
bags and other devices for
stabilizing vehicles and other
objects. Life-safety rope, rigging hardware, baskets and other
gear for high-angle and graded-slope rescue is also stored here.
companies can also be tasked with the same other assignments as
previously mentioned. Therefore you will find many of the same
hand tools, along with
thermal imagers and gas-powered saws,
just to name a few. The rescues also carry and extensive array
of emergency medical supplies.
To learn more
about these apparatus and the others used to protect the Town
and citizens of Simsbury, visit the individual
emergency road apparatus are the recipient of rigorous,
preventative maintenance and inspection. Marine units, utility
vehicles and trailers are also subject to a high degree of
Ron Ryan works to complete the Cab Inspection
portion of his weekly Engineer's Drill.
The frontline of
vehicle safety and preparedness are the Engineers. Engineers are
Fire Company firefighters who volunteer to perform an extensive
weekly safety check on their assigned vehicle. This includes but
certainly is not limited to checking the visual and audible
emergency warning devices, testing the braking systems,
performing a nine-step check on all self-contained breathing
apparatus, ensuring equipment is in place and good working
order, performing a test on major systems (pump, aerial,
hydraulic tools, etc.); just to name a few.
reports are reviewed by District personnel for items that need
attention. To keep down-time due to maintenance at a minimum,
the District has a
maintenance facility and employs a full-time apparatus
ladder undergoing a horizontal bend test.
several other service procedures are performed annually. All
road apparatus are taken to a fleet service company for DOT
inspection. This affords the Fire District a second set of eyes
to make sure that the apparatus conform to all State of
Connecticut safety regulations. Any needed service to bring the
apparatus back into conformity is performed at the District
maintenance facility by the mechanic.
National Fire Protection Association standards, all aerial
devices and ground ladders are annually inspected and tested by
a certified third-party vendor. Pump
tests on all fire apparatus pumps and pressure tests on all
in-service hose line are completed by the Fire Company in
accordance with National Fire Protection