Used in open areas where a hydrant above ground may be hazardous. This one is at Cargill in the truck loading area.
Firefighters recently put a new unusual piece of equipment in service. This unique tool is called a "stair chair" and is used to get a person safely down stairs. Many times a patient cannot walk and it is difficult to get them down a flight of stairs or two. This simple but effective chair allows us to strap in a patient and smoothly roll them down the stairs. In addition a patient can easily be taken up stairs also. This is safer for the patient and will help eliminate any potential injuries to firefighters trying to get patients up and down stairs. As with any piece of equipment firefighters must train to use it and become proficient with its operation. In these pictures firefighters enjoy strapping each other into the chair and going for a ride up and down the stairs at the firestation.
FIRESTATION OPEN HOUSE
On Friday May 6th, the Granger Firefighters' opened up their firestation for the community to see. There were many things to see and do at the open house. Of course there were fire trucks but there was also many different types of firefighting equipment on hand to see. Included in the mix was an Aerial Ladder Truck, Emergency Exit Drill Trailer, Bulldozer, Off Road Tracked Brush Vehicle, Rescue Boat, Tracked Polaris and the many normal Fire Trucks that are stationed in Granger. This was all made possible by the generous participation of our surrounding fire departments including Yakima County Fire District #5 and the City of Toppenish. A big thanks also goes out to the many fire personnel that volunteered their time to man these fire apparatus.
The kids really enjoyed the event as they were able to participate in fire truck rides, squirting a live fire hose and praticing exiting a burning structure in the simulator.
Firefighters were very busy during the event cooking hot dogs, handing out fire safety information, answering questions and of course showing off their fire equipment.
Everyone had a great time and we counted about 500 people that visited our open house. This was a grand event and we really appreciated everyone participation!
EXTRICATION TRAINING 2/4/2011
Firefighters took part in extrication training on Thursday February 3, 2011. This training was geared toward difficult extrications involving motor vehicles. Firefighters were able to brush up on skills involving many of the departments specialized extrication tools including struts, jaws, air bags, rotary saws and a multitude of other small tools and equipment. This training is a great time to practice new and existing ideas and techniques. Everyone learned something and it was a long night with time well spent in an effort to be better prepared to help our community. Special thanks goes out to Tim at Tee-Pee Auto Wrecking for allowing us to destroy 2 cars at their facility for this drill. Pictured above are from left to right: Robert Bulpett, Diana Fahsholtz, Lee Theobald, Virgil Newman, Ken Robillard, Trevor Oswalt and Ken Shipman
Some recent action
After a semi-truck hit an object in the roadway the passenger side fuel tank was ruptured. This shows the recovery efforts made by firefighters, recovering approximately 80 gallons of diesel. Shown is a recovery pool, chute made from pike poles and a plastic recovery drum that has been dug into the bar ditch.
CHANGE YOUR CLOCK...
CHANGE YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR BATTERY!
The life you save may be your own
OK. Some explanation is in order. Judging by the emails there seems to be some question as to why there are dinosaurs on a fire department web site. No, the dinosaurs are not a reference to the age of our fire trucks or fire chief! They are part of the dinosaur theme that the City of Granger adopted several years back. If you tour our city you will see many dinosaurs that roam our streets and even our pond at Hisey Park (often called Dinosaur Park). Our City is well known throughout Washington State for its dinosaur theme and many people travel to Granger to see the dinosaurs, have their picture taken with them and even play on them. Yes we see many adults riding the dinosaurs also! These creatures are the creation of our Public Works Department and are built from scratch here in Granger. We also have a yearly event called Dino-in-a-day where the public can come out and get their hands dirty helping to make the cities newest Dino addition. So if you are ever in central Washington come take a trip down Dino-Drive and see what our creatures have to offer.
Also we have added a clickable link to Firefighter Close Calls that appears in the right column. This is a great web site to keep you up to date on current issues. Visit often!
Smoke Detectors save lives!!!!
CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARM TODAY. MAKE SURE IT HAS A BATTERY THAT WORKS! IT MAY SAVE THE LIVES OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.