The SJFD responds to all motor vehicle accidents in St. Johnsbury and provides mutual aid with the hydraulic rescue tools to Danville and Concord for entrapments. These tools drastically reduce the amount of time needed to remove people from vehicles when they are trapped. From and EMS aspect our goal is to have the patient in the operating room within one hour from the inury and time is critical. In addition to the hydraulic rescue tools otherwise known as the "Jaws of Life", we use high pressure air bags, hand operated tools, rescue jacks, and pnuematic tools to effect a rescue.
The State of Vermont has outfitted St. Johnsbury Fire Department with all necessary equipment to function as one of 7 other regional technical rescue response agencies. Following the terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001 Vermont recognized that firefighters are the first line of defense in a terrorist attack or natural disaster and ther were very minimal capabilities to handle such incidents. Homeland Security Grants were usaed to purchase a wide variety of equipment that is used to handle these emergencies known as technical rescue emergencies. We now have the capability to respond to confined space emergencies, trench rescue, rope rescues, water rescue, and structural collapse. Emergencies that threaten our area most commonly are floods, high winds, and earthquakes.
A rescue response will vary depending upon the severity of the rescue. A vehicle extrication gets a 1st alarm consisting of one resce, one engine, and the Fire Chief. Water rescue will get a 1st alarm and gets one rescue, one squad, boats, and the Fire Chief. Confined Space, Trench Collapse, and Structural Collapse get a 1st alarm with one rescue, technical rescue trailer, one squad, the Fire Chief, and other equipment as determined by the incident commander.
1 Ton Utility Truck - HSU Grant
1 Technical Rescue Trailer - HSU Grant
Low Pressure Air Bags - HSU Grant
Paratech Rescue Struts - HSU Grant
Ropes - HSU Grant
Power Tools - HSU Grant
Zodiak Rescue Boat - HSU Grant
Tripod - HSU Grant
Supplied Air Respirator - HSU Grant
Class 2 Harnesses - HSU Grant
Rope Rescue Hardware - HSU Grant
Blowers - HSU Grant
Trench Panels - HSU Grant