Tuesday, August 30th, 2022
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At approximately 1447 this afternoon Main-Transit was dispatched to investigate smoky conditions in the bar area of Red Lobster located at 7540 Transit Rd. Upon speedy arrival by our firefighters, we ...
Wednesday, August 10th, 2022
Harris Hill Firefighters responded to Advanced Auto Parts on Transit Rd. this past Sunday for a report of a car fire. Firefighters extinguished the car fire and provided medical care to a civilian who...
Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
On July 10, 2022, 8-year-old Emily Fritzinger was in her backyard when she found her aunt suffering from a medical emergency and was under water in their pool. Emily alerted her family members, who in...
Monday, March 21st, 2022
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Saturday, November 26th, 2022
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2022 Lancaster Christmasville Parade
Saturday, November 19th, 2022
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Last night, (11-19-22) the County of Erie asked for help in many of the Southern communities. Harris Hill Vol Fire Company answered the call with 8 members and 3 SUV's, assisting the Angola fire ...
Sunday, November 13th, 2022
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Congratulations to junior firefighter Abdul Allahbaksh for successfully completing the New York State interior and exterior firefighter operations course. This 100+ hour course was held over the last ...
Friday, October 28th, 2022
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Check this out! It’s not every day we get to see Stevie Johnson wearing Harris Hill turnout gear. Thanks for joining us at Ledgeview Elementary School during fire prevention week!
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70 entries in the Fire glossary beginning with "F"
FAST (or F.A.S.T.)
Firefighter Assist and Search Team (also called Rapid Entry Team or Rapid Intervention Team) firefighters assigned to stand by for rescue of other firefighters inside a structure; an implementation to support the Two-in, two-out rule; may have specialized training, experience and tools.
FDC (Fire Department Connection)
Location in which pumping apparatus hooks to a buildings standpipe and or sprinkler system. Usually a 3 female connection.
FFFP
Fluoroprotein film forming foam.
Fire alarm control panel
System for receiving and announcing location of fire based upon input from smoke, flame or heat detectors, or manual call points or pull stations.
Fire axe
There are two main types of axes used in firefighting, a flathead axe, which just has a wedge for cutting into objects. The second type is a pickhead axe which has a cutting wedge on one side, and then a pointed pick for penetration of objects.
Fire behavior
The manner in which a fire reacts to the influences of fuel, weather, and topography.
Fire camp
Temporary camp established at large fires to provide food, rest, and other necessities to fire crews.
Fire code ( Fire safety code)
Regulations for fire prevention and safety involving flammables, explosives and other dangerous operations and occupancies.
Fire department keys
Special keys provided to firefighters to access a lockbox, located on some commercial buildings, containing additional keys required for entry or other safety features.
Fire edge
The boundary of a fire at a given moment.
Fire engineering
Scientific design of materials, structures and processes for fire safety
Fire escape
A building structure arranged outside to assist in safe evacuation of occupants during an emergency; may connect horizontally beyond a fire wall or verically to a roof or (preferably) to the ground, perhaps with a counter-weighted span to deny access to intruders.
Fire extinguisher
See Extinguisher above.
Fire flow
The amount of water being pumped onto a fire, or required to extinguish a hypothetical fire. A critical calculation in light of the axiom that an ordinary fire will not be extinguished unless there is sufficient water to remove the heat of the fire.
Fire grenade
Glass bottle filled with carbon tetrachloride or similar fire extinguishing fluid; meant to be thrown and shatter at base of fire to mix with air to produce non-combustible mixture; Similar to extinguishers comprised of glass fixtures with spring-loaded clapper released by heat-fusible link. Limited effectiveness, and phased out in 1950s when better extinguishers became available.
Fire hazard
Materials, structures or processes that may result in creating a fire, permitting a fire to grow undetected, or preventing people from escaping a fire.
Fire hydrant
See hydrant.
Fire hydraulics
The study of pumps, hoses, pipes, accessories and tools for moving water or other extinguishing agents from a water supply to a fire.
Fire inspector
A person responsible for issuing permits and enforcing the fire code, including any necessary premises inspection, as before allowing (or during) a large indoor gathering.
Fire line
A boundary of a fire scene established for public safety and to identify the area in which firefighters may be working.
Fire load (Btu/sq ft)
An estimate of the amount of heat that will be given off during ordinary combustion of all the fuel in a given space; e.g., a bedroom or a lumberyard.
Fire Lookout
A person that keeps an eye for possible fire starts and conditions. They can work in a Fire Lookout Tower or perform the duty as a role for a fire crew on the fireline.
Fire lookout tower
A structure located at a high vantage point to house and protect the person performing the duties of a Fire Lookout.
Fire marshal
Administrative and investigative office for fire prevention and arson investigation.
Fire point
Temperature at which materials give off flammable gases that will sustain fire, typically higher than flash point. Temperature at flashover.
Fire prevention
Fire safety; standards for minimizing fire hazards.
Fire retardant
Any substance (except plain water) that by chemical or physical actions reduces flammability of fuels or slows their rate of combustion. See retardent slurry, AFFF, and Foam as examples.
Fire shelter
An aluminized tent offering protection by means of reflecting radiant heat and providing a volume of breathable air in a fire entrapment situation. Carried as a safety tool, fire shelters should only be used in life threatening situations, as a last resort, as severe burns or asphyxiation often result.
Fire shirt
Distinctive yellow shirts made of Nomex or other lightweight materials of low combustibility, used as uniform PPE of wildland firefighters.
Fire station alert system
Fire department dispatching system using radio controls to activate remote signals at designated fire stations and to transmit emergency information via audio or digital channels.
70 entries in the Fire glossary beginning with "F"

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