Your Central Fire Station is home to the only staffed ladder company (Tower 1) and the Battalion Chief for the City of Concord. All other apparatus at Central Station are held in reserve status. These include Engine 3, Tower 2, Rescue 1, UTV 1 and Boat 1. The Battalion Chief is the city-wide shift commander for all fire suppression companies. A Battalion Chief is on duty at all times, 7 days a week.
Staffing and Our District
Tower 1 is staffed with one Company Officer and two Firefighter / EMTs. Members of Tower 1 are trained and prepared to respond to fire, medical, and rescue emergencies. Tower 1 provides first due medical response in the area from Centre Street to Hillcrest Avenue and Fisk Road to Commercial Street. Tower 1 responds first due city-wide for incidents requiring fire and rescue capabilities.
The Ladder Company is responsible for search, rescue, and ventilation operations at fires. We mitigate hazards and conduct extrication (jaws of life) operations at motor vehicle accidents. Within our district, Tower 1 will respond to medical incidents to stabilize and assist with patient care while a transporting ambulance responds from either Station 4, 5, or 7. Technical rescue disciplines include; rope rescue, confined space, ice rescue, trench rescue, and water emergencies. The Ladder Company will have an on-duty FF respond with Rescue 1 for Technical Rescue incidents as it carries additional equipment such as torches, building collapse shoring, ice rescue equipment, mass casualty equipment and a cascade system to refill Firefighters SCBAs (Self- Contained Breathing Apparatus). They will also respond with the UTV (all-terrain vehicle) for incidents such as an injured hikers, wildland fires, and water rescues. The Ladder Company responds on average to 2,350 emergencies a year.
Serving Our Community
The dedicated members of Central Station proudly serve the citizens of Concord. In addition to handling emergencies, the Ladder Company is involved in other programs. We assist with public education by providing station tours and giving in-school presentations. Other fire prevention duties include Knox Box maintenance and developing building pre-plans. During the winter months we are tasked with keeping the fire hydrants accessible. Members are responsible for station maintenance, routine checks on station systems, repairs & required testing of every ground ladder in the department as well as repairs & required testing of every Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBAs). To assure readiness, the crew conducts daily, weekly, and monthly checks and maintenance on apparatus and equipment. Every December the Concord Firefighters Relief Association hosts a dinner at the Central Station for the Department retirees, which is a great opportunity for new and former members to interact and share stories.
High quality service and safe operations would not be possible without year-round, continuous training. This includes all aspects of firefighting, medical services, hazardous materials, and many disciplines of technical rescue. The members of Tower 1 invite you to stop for a visit to see and learn more about your neighborhood fire station.
We would like to thank all of you who support and trust in the Concord Fire Department.
Captain Dave Dumas
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