Engine 3 Placed in Service

Sunday, February 9, 2014  Today at about 1300 hours, Chief Powell placed the new Engine 3 in service. Engine 3 is a 2014 Pierce Dash CF PUC dual purpose pumper with Tak-4 suspension and side roll protection. It is powered by a 450 horsepower ISL9 motor hooked to a Allison automatic transmission. It has a 1500 gpm pump, 950 gallon water tank and a Husky 12 foam system with a 50 gallon multipurpose foam tank. A 10kw Harrison hydraulic generator powers 2 mounted cord reels, a Hurst rescue tool system with spreaders, o-cutters, Maverick combo tool and two rams along with a Wil-Burt light tower. SCBA seating for 6 along with 6 pre-connected attack lines and 1000 foot of 5 inch supply line. In the cab is an assortment of BLS medical supplies as well as a multi-gas detector, combustible gas detector, Scott Thermal Imager and an assortment of hand tools mounted for easy access. On the outside is a complete Whelen emergency light package, Powercall electronic siren, Federal Q2B siren and LED scene lighting. All of the tool mounting was performed by Atlantic emergency Solutions This unit is a result of many months of work by the Apparatus committee and countless of hours of training have been spent getting the unit in service. Engine 3 has meets the Kent County Chiefs Association Standards for Squad and Engine and the NFPA and MSFA standards for Engine.



Engine 3 Retired

Tuesday, January 14, 2014  This evening, Chief Powell made the trip to BWI Airport to pick up a driver sent by the new owner of the 1995 E-One Engine which has been replaced by our 2014 Pierce Engine.  It left here at about 2100 hours for the long road trip to Missouri.

The E-One was placed in service in March of 1995 at a cost of $162,000 and was the first mid-mount pump, fully enclonsed cab Engine placed in service by the Galena Fire Company.  It served as our first run unit from 1995-1999 until the Current Saulsbury Rescue Pumper 3 was placed in service.  At that time, It still ran first due on all mutual aid runs, and ran second due on all first due calls.  The Engine remained mostly unchanged for most of its life, except for a cab interior upgrade in which the front bench seat was changed to a set up of a SCBA seat for driver and officer with a map box / compartment between.  

During its lifetime with us, Engine 3 ran numerous significant fires in Kent , Cecil Queen Annes, and New Castle Counties.    The Engine served Galena and the surrounding communities very well and we wish the new owners good luck in the future. 



Assist on Apartment Building Fire

Thursday, January 9, 2014  At 0055 hours, Rescue Pumper 3, Ambulance 3 and Engine 67 (running in place of Engine 3) were dispatched to a structure fire at 207 Main St., Betterton. Rescue Pumper 3 made the response in 3 minutes with 8 personnel followed by Ambulance 3 and Engine 67 with 4. Station 5 fire police were first on scene reporting a 3+ story wood frame, multi-family dwelling with fire on all floors of the Charlie side. 
Rescue Pumper 3 arrived just after Engine 53 (Betterton) and Rescue Pumper 4 (Kennedyville) and split their crew. One crew made an initial interior attack while a second crew advanced another line for exposure protection. Rapid deterioration of fire conditions on the second floor forced command to sound an evacuation tone just minutes after entry was made at which time and a defensive attack was made by Tower 6 (Chestertown), Truck 7 (Rock Hall), and Queen Anne’s Quint 6 (Sudlersville). Suppression efforts were hampered by serious water problems from town hydrants at which time a dump tank and drafting operation was established to supply the scene. Units from Kent, Cecil, Queen Anne’s. Caroline, Talbot, and Kent and New Castle Counties in Delaware were involved either in response to the scene or station transfers.
Rescue Pumper 3 remained on scene to assist with overhaul and finally cleared from the scene more than eleven hours later.
Photos by Nevin Steffy.   



Engine 3

Thursday, December 12, 2013  Chief Powell and several member of the new engine committee are in Wisconsin at Pierce Manufacturing for final inspection of the new Engine 3.  It is a PUC Pumper on a Dash CF Chassis.  It has a six person cab and is powered by a 450 Horsepower Cummins engine.  It has a 970 gallon water tank, 30 gallon class A/B foam tank, 1500 GPM Pump, Husky 12 foam system, pre-connected Hurst lines and a 1000 watt light tower.  More specifics to follow, but we have added a few pictures.  



Engine 3 Update

Sunday, November 24, 2013  This week, your new apparatus continued on line where additional wiring, shelving, trim, and other components were installed. Next week, expect progress to continue with installation of additional components and follow-up items. 



Tanker 3 Out For Improvements

Sunday, November 24, 2013   Right now, Tanker 3 is out of service for a few improvements.  While at Patriot Fire, It will be getting a new Darley pump, Jacobs Engine/Exhaust Brake, and a new customized front bumper with a preconnect trash line.

 In addition to the Brush truck, this is the second project funded by the generous donation given to the GVFC earlier this year.  

While the tanker is out of service, The Engine will be first due on all structure fires instead of Rescue Pumper 3.  The tanker should be back just in time to test everything out with the new Pierce Engine 3!



Engine 3 update

Sunday, November 17, 2013   This week's update from Pierce is here:


This week, your new apparatus continued on line where additional wiring, plumbing, shelving, trim, etc. was installed. Next week, expect progress to continue with installation of additional components, trim, etc.




Saturday, November 9, 2013   Today at 1230 hours, Chief Powell placed the new Brush 3 into service with the following message from Kent Communications:

The Galena Volunteer Fire Company is pleased to announce that they are placing into service a 2013 Ram 3500 Mega Cab 4 wheel drive brush truck.  The unit is powered by a Cummins Turbo Diesel and carries a 4 person crew with SCBA seating for 2.  It features a 250 GPM fire pump, with a 200 gallon water tank, 8 gallon class A foam cell, and a Scotty Foam Proportioner.  The unit carries 200 feet of 1 inch booster hose, 305 feet of 1 inch forestry hose, 200 feet of 1 ¾ inch hose, and 25 feet of 3 inch hose.  The unit is capable of drafting and carries 20 feet of lightweight hard suction hose.   This unit meets NFPA and Kent County Fire Chiefs Association Standards for Brush Unit.  This unit will be known as Brush 3

Also, the Engine is progressing and is scheduled to be delivered in the beginning of December



Engine 3 Update

Saturday, November 9, 2013   This week's update from Pierce11-08-2013This week, your new apparatus cab, body and tank were mounted on your chassis followed by installation of wiring, plumbing and other components. Next week, expect progress to continue with additional wiring, plumbing, shelving, trim, etc. being installed.



Engine 3 Update

Sunday, October 27, 2013   From Pierce...10-25-2013 This week, your new apparatus cab was completing paint process, body was completing fabrication and chassis started frame-up. Next week, expect cab to move through cab build where wiring, switch panels, interior components, etc. are installed, body to move through paint process and chassis to begin chassis line for drivetrain installation.



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