DEPARTMENT NEWS (2001 -2003)

December 14, 2003 - The LTFD's first female firefighter got her first taste of firefighting today.  Tammy just barely had a chance to settle in before responding to her first working fire.  "She did very well," said Captain Anthony Chapman of Engine 1.  "She looked like she's done this before.  It really surprised a lot of the guys here.  She definitely impressed them."

December 5, 2003 - School is out!  Our first class of recruits have all successfully completed and graduated from the fire academy.  All new firefighters have been assigned to a fire company.  For those following Tammy Newsome, the LTFD's first female firefighter, Tammy has been assigned to Engine 1 on the B Platoon

December 3, 2003 - Ground has been broken for a new station for the LTFD's EMS.  The new squad building will be centrally located between the beach and the Lego®State Parkway on Thunder Road.  Plans call for the building to be 2 stories in height, house 2 EMS rigs and accommodations for 6 crew members.  The building is planned to be completed by the end of January 2004.  Negotiations are also underway to build a second squad building west of the Lego® State Parkway, near the Lego® Park border.  Since Lego® Twp is 30+ square miles, it was determined that to better serve the residents and visitors to Lego® Twp, it would be best to have a second squad building strategically located in another section of town.  A site has been chosen.  Negotiations to buy the property and send out bids for architecture and construction are underway.  The second building is expected to be opened in February.  Specifications for the second building will be similar to that of the first building.

November 14, 2003 - Haz-Mat was involved in a minor accident today as it was parked at the corner of Thunder Road & Lego® Avenue.  Haz-Mat was parked on the side of the road on Lego® Avenue, when a vehicle turned too wide from Thunder Road and struck the rear of the truck.  No injuries were reported.  LTPD arrived and took the report.  No charges have been filed.  (Actually, I was moving Station 6 and had the haz-mat's bay door open.  The truck rolled out, flipped, and landed on the corner of the truck.  The truck fell apart into many pieces.  While putting back together, I saw the dent in the part.  Hence, this story was developed).

October 27, 2003 - Lego® Twp Firefighters successfully unionize.  The LTFD is now a proud member of the IALFF Local 233.

October 21, 2003 - The Lego® Township Fire Department has taken over day to day fire and EMS operations in Lego® Park, a small town of approximately 3,000 residents.  Lego® Park is very close to Station 8.  Station 8 will respond first due to Lego® Park on all calls.  Lego® Park's only Engine has been commissioned for use as a reserve engine since the LTFD's reserve piece was totaled earlier today.  The reserve engine will be called Engine 11 and will be stationed at Fire Headquarters.  Lego® Park is expected to be absorbed by Lego® Township, increasing the size of the Township.

October 21, 2003 - While enroute back from Pierce after being refurbished, The LTFD spare quint (old Engine 7) was involved in a major accident in Wisconsin.  The truck has been totaled. 

October 11, 2003 - The LTFD Fallen Firefighter's Memorial has been completed and will be dedicated on National Fallen Firefighters' Day, October 19, 2003. 

September 27, 2003 - Many events are scheduled with the Public during Fire Prevention week (October 5 - 11, 2003).  See schedule below.

Sunday, October 5, 2003 - All Day starting at 1:00 pm, continuing every 2 hours. "Getting out alive"        Lecture and Q&A session at Station 7 (Morningside Ave). Last session begins at 7:00 pm

Monday, October 6, 2003 - 7:30 pm - Holiday & Any day Fire Safety, includes discussion on LP Gas, holiday ornaments, candle use, and general items in the home.  Station 8 (Fairfield Terrace)

Tuesday, October 7, 2003 - 7:30 pm - Motor Vehicle Extrication demo. Station 2 (Mortimer Avenue).  Will include a discussion from the LTPD's DARE program as well.

Wednesday, October 8, 2003 - All day.  Fire drills at schools, office buildings, and the industrial complex.  Will include a brief lecture at each location.

Thursday, October 9, 2003 - 7:30 pm. Carbon Monoxide (CO).  Discussion on CO and propane, natural gas, kerosene, etc.  Public will be educated on CO, what it is, effects, symptoms, etc., as well as recommendation of CO alarms and placement.  Station 6 (Route 35 North).

Friday, October 10, 2003 - 7:30 pm Live burn demonstration. Discussion and practical on extinguishment of various fires that could occur in the home.  Public is taught the various extinguishers and how to use each type.  They will get hands-on experience extinguishing typical small household fires. Station 1 (Bay Boulevard).

Saturday, October 11, 2003 - 11:30 am. - Children's lecture on fire safety and calling for help. Station 3 (Roberts Road).

September 9, 2003 -  Lego® Twp Fire is proud to announce that the LTFD has hired their first female firefighter.  Tammy Newsome, 25, of Bayview Terrace, has been sworn in this evening and will begin training at the Legoborough Fire Academy on Monday, September 15, 2003.  Upon successful completion, her and 5 other recruits will be assigned to  companies.  LTFD wishes Tammy and her class luck and looks forward to their service in the LTFD.  Tammy was sworn in by Chief Michael Simms, as Tammy's fiancée, Bruno Micelli looked on.

September 6, 2003 - Lego® Twp Fire, EMS division has accepted delivery of a new ambulance.  It will be assigned as EMS 1 and will respond out of Fire HQ.  One demo rig has been returned.

September 1, 2003 - Effective 00:01 hours on September 1, 2003, the Lego® Township FD has taken over day-to-day-operations of EMS service to the Township. 2 new ambulances are expected to be delivered in the near future, while 2 more may be ordered soon. Until then, EMS will be operating with two demo rigs from the manufacturer.

July 27, 2003 - Lego® Twp Fire Department and Lego® Twp First Aid Squad have come to an agreement wherein the LTFD will assume the duties of EMS for the LTFAS beginning September 1, 2003.  The LTFD will operate EMS as a separate entity.  The newly formed Squad will be known as "Lego® Township Emergency Medical Service." (LTEMS)  The LTEMS will operate under the command of the EMS chief whose powers equal the Deputy Chief's position of the LTFD.  The EMS chief will report to the LTFD Department Chief.  EMS will be fully paid 24 hours a day comprising of 2 Paramedics on each rig working 12-hrs on 12-hrs off, 12-hrs on, 72 hrs off, with shifts starting at 7:00.  This allows for a shift to alternate working days and nights every other shift.  EMS will be dispatched and operate on their current frequency.  LTFD is taking those members from the LTFAS who are interested in the paid position as well as hiring from outside the LTFAS.  2 rigs have been purchased and will be delivered in the next coming weeks.  The rigs will be stationed at Fire HQ until a new facility is built for them.  The old LTFAS building was condemned 5 years ago, due to structural integrity.  The building was funded and maintained by the LTFAS, but was unable to upkeep the building since donations have fallen dramatically.

July 19, 2003 - Construction at the new Station 6 has been completed. Engine 6 and Haz Mat have been relocated to their new firehouse and will respond out of there.  Also, plans have been unveiled for the Lego® Twp. Fire Department Firefighter's Memorial.  The Memorial will be erected on the grounds of Station 6, near the corner of Route 35 and Thunder Road.  Funding for the Memorial is possible through solicitations and a Green Acres Grant.

July 12, 2003 - Construction at Fire Headquarters is complete.  Station 6 was demolished a few weeks ago  and a new firehouse is in the process of being constructed. Construction crews have been working around the clock. The new Station 6 is expected to be open very soon.

June 21, 2003 - Construction at Station 8 is now complete.  The final phase of construction has begun at Station 1.  The project is expected to be completed by early July.  Due to the structural integrity after the fire, at Station 6, a wrecking crew will be brought in to level the building.  A plan is in the works for a new firehouse.  One of the plans submitted, which ran a very close second-place vote for Station 8, has been selected for the new Station 6.  This firehouse is expected to be built as soon as the insurance company submits the check, which may be very soon.

May 18, 2003 - The final phase of construction to Fire Headquarters is expected to begin by the end of the month.  Construction will include a fourth bay and additional office space on both floors.  Construction at Station 8 continues after a long battle with the contractor.  The firehouse should be completed by the end of June.

 
April 12, 2003 - Lego® Township Fire Department is in negotiations with Lego® Township First Aid Squad to take over operations of EMS.  The negotiations call for the LTFD to take over dispatch of EMS and the day-to-day operations.  LTFD will operate EMS as a separate entity, but under control of the LTFD.  Both rigs are in need of replacement and are expected to be replaced after the conversion.

April 2, 2003 - Construction at Station 2 has begun.  Construction involves replacing the peaked roof, parapet wall apparatus floor, apron, new windows and doors, and exterior landscaping.

March 15, 2003 - Construction at Station 6 is complete.

March 8, 2003 - Lego® Twp Fire Department has taken delivery of a 2003 Pierce Dash aerial.  The truck is assigned to Truck 4.  A new tower ladder has been ordered for Truck 1.  After it is delivered in early February, 2004,  it will complete the delivery of new apparatus to the Lego® Twp Fire Department.  Truck 4 will be responding out of fire Headquarters until completion of the Fairfield Terrace Firehouse.

January 8, 2003 - Lego® Township Fire Department has tallied their runs for the short year beginning July 1, 2002, ending December 31, 2002.   The LTFD responded to 1,065 fire calls, broken down as follows:           

 

Structure fires

  15

Car fires

  27

Nuisance fires*

144

Alarm malfunctions

637

CO alarms & outside electrical fires

  82

Motor vehicle accidents

  38

Malicious false alarms

  56

Mutual aid

  14

Hazardous Material spills **

  10

Unattended cooking

  42

 

* = Includes garbage can fires and other small fires, such as small brush fires.

** = Only calls where the Haz-Mat team was specially called and operated at a spill.  Stat does not include calls where small fluid spills occurred as a result of an MVA.

January 6, 2003 - Lego® Township is currently going under negotiations to have a football stadium built in town.  The location that they are looking at will be West of Route 35 and East of Interstate 101. Should this project go through, it will take a few years for the stadium to be built.  With the completion of the stadium, an engine company and possibly an additional truck or rescue company may be opened up.  Early reports indicate that a firehouse will be erected in or near the stadium.  The engine company may be a mini-pumper, which allows for easy mobility in tight parking lots.

Construction at Station 8 continues on schedule.  Station 8's bay area is near completion.  The living quarters and office area still need to have the interior walls framed out.  Station 8 is expected to open some time in April.  Construction in the development around the firehouse continues as planned as well.

December 24, 2002 - Truck 2 was involved in a major motor vehicle accident early today.  Truck 2 was returning to the firehouse after a run when a tractor trailer lost control and slammed through the intersection of Corporate Drive and Airport Road, T-boning truck 2.  Truck 2 turned on its passenger side.  All firefighters on board suffered minor injuries and were treated and released.  Truck 2's pump panel was heavily damaged, as well as the body on both sides of the truck. The truck will remain out of service until the delivery of the new truck 2.  The manpower from Truck 2 will be split among Rescue 2 and Engine 2.

December 18, 2002 - Lego® Twp has accepted delivery of a 2003 Pierce Dash 6 man pumper.  it will replace the squirt and will be placed in service immediately as Engine 7.

December 14, 2002 - Upon completion of Station 8, Lego® Township firehouses will get some capital improvements done to some of the older firehouses in 2003.  Included, is phase 4 to Fire HQ, which includes the addition of a 4th bay, larger admin space and a larger 9-1-1 center, exterior repairs to Station 4, roof and facade replacement on Station 2, renovations to Station 3, and groundbreaking for a new Station 5.

December 11, 2002 - Lego® Twp has accepted delivery of a new Pierce ladder truck.  It will be assigned to Truck Co. 3. It will be placed in service today.

December 7, 2002 - Lego® Twp has accepted delivery of 2 new Pierce Engines, 1 Pierce Rescue, and 1 Haz-Mat unit.  They will be placed in service today.

December 1, 2002 - Lego® Twp has accepted delivery of 5 new Pierce engines.  They will be placed in service today.  All 5 companies will be out of service until the changeover of equipment has been completed.

November 18, 2002 - Township officials approve the plans for Station 8.  Construction will begin on December 1, 2002.  The firehouse is expected to be opened by early next spring.  The council also approved improvements to the remaining firehouses.

August 20, 2002 - Phase 3 construction at Fire Headquarters has been completed. 

August 3, 2002 - Station 4 (formerly Legoford Engine Co. 5) has officially been reopened today, and will be known as the Alpine Span Firehouse. 

July 5, 2002 - Reconstruction at the Mortimer Avenue firehouse is complete. 

July 1, 2002 - Effective 00:00 hours, the Lego® Twp. Fire Department begins operations as a fully paid department.  The Fire Department went on its first run at 00:11 hours at box 123, for a smoke condition at the post office on Bay Boulevard, across from the hospital.  First arriving units on scene reported nothing showing.  Further investigation found a defective light ballast in the mail sorting area. 

June 30, 2002 - Effective 23:59 hours, firefighting duties from neighboring towns ceases.

June 30, 2002 - Phase two of the construction at Fire Headquarters is complete.  Fire Headquarters may now be occupied.

July, 1, 2001 - The State has approved the formation of the new township, one year from today.  A special election will be held for the township mayor and commissioners on November 6, 2001.  The newly elected officers will be responsible for the formation of town ordinances and to elect officers for the police and fire departments, so that they may be reestablished.

May 1, 2001 -  A contract was entered into on behalf of the pending Lego® Township (by the councils of Legorford and Nutlego)  with Pierce Manufacturing Co.  The contract called for the delivery of 10 engines, 4 trucks, 2 rescues and 1 haz-mat unit.  Cost of the apparatus was to be funded through the issuance of bonds.  Total price:  $6.05 million.

April 12, 2001 - An ordinance was passed by both town councils that upon approval from the state for the formation of Lego® Township, both town's fire departments would merge into one paid department under the new town's name.