Recent Calls
Wed. Jul 22nd 2015
Tractor/baler fire brings out Co. 2, Farmville VFD, and Darlington Heights VFD

Co. 2 dispatched to a tractor/bailer fire July 22 @ 15:30.  Thanks to Virginia Dept of Forestry personnel, Farmville FD,...

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Tue. Jul 30th 2013
Bomb Threat at Prince Edward County Courthouse

On July 30th, 2013, Farmville Communications received a call that there was a bomb in Prince Edward County Courthouse, and ga...

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Mon. Jul 29th 2013
Motor Vehicle Crash at Kingsville Road and Abilene Road

On July 29th 2013 at approximately 2:20am, Hampden-Sydney Fire was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash with no in...

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Wed. Feb 15th 2017
Burn Law in Effect

Notification from the Virginia Department of Forestry

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Wed. Oct 5th 2016
Upcoming Firefighter Training in Prince Edward County

Firefighter I is scheduled to begin Oct. 18 and will run until Feb. 2017.  Please check the files section on the left fo...

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Wed. Jul 23rd 2014
Recruitment!

Hampden-Sydney Fire and EMS are in need of volunteers! If you are interested in joining our department, please fill out an on...

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Fire Glossary
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22 entries the in Fire Glossary beginning with "T"
T-Boner
A car crash situation, where one car has hit the side of another which is travelling at an angle horizontal to the car which has struck the other car, generally these crashes are quite severe and much fuel is spilled.
Tag accountability
System in which each firefighter is issued two identification tags, one of which is then collected by a safety officer and held while the firefighter is in a hazardous area. To reclaim the tag, the firefighter must present the matching tag upon exit from the hazard. Any unclaimed tags after an event" (such as a collapse or explosion) means the corresponding firefighters are missing. May be implemented as passport system in which first tag is presented to staging officer upon arrival (for tracking) and second tag is held by IDLH safety officer
Tailboard
Portion at rear of fire engine where firefighters could stand and ride (now considered overly dangerous), or step up to access hoses in the hose bed.
Tanker, Tender
Large, mobile tank of water or other firefighting agent; may be airborne, as used in wildland firefighting, or truck-mounted. Essential in rural areas lacking hydrants.
Task force
Any combination or single resources assembled for a particular tactical need, with common communications and a leader. A Task Force may be pre-established and sent to an incident, or formed at an incident.
Taskforce Tip
(TFT) a popular brand of adjustable fog stream Combination Nozzle, now a ubiquitous term for that type of nozzle.
Taxpayer
1 to 2 story store, or place of business, auto repair, supermarket etc.
Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC)
Ruggedized infrared equipment used by some firefighters to detect hidden people, animals, heat sources (i.e., fire) and structural compromise.
Tower ladder
See aerial ladder.
Trash Line
A preconnected attack line that is typically 1 3/4 diameter and stored either on the front bumper of the apparatus or in an exterior (exposed) side well. Trash Lines are typically shorter length than Cross Lays and are intended for use against dumpster fires,etc. where a longer length of hose (and consequent rebedding after the suppression is complete) is not desired.
Tree jump
A Smokejumper can sometimes parachute into the tree canopy if a clearing is not available or suitable.
Triple combination engine company
Apparatus carries water, pumps water, carries hose and other equipment; firefighters who may carry out direct attack or support other engine companies.
Triple Lay(Triple Fold" "Triple Load")
A method of loading preconnected attack line into a hose bed or crosslay, often facilitating rapid hose deployment in a pre-flaked configuration.
Truck company
A group of firefighters assigned to an apparatus that carries ladders, forcible entry tools, possibly extrication tools and salvage covers, and who are otherwise equipped to perform rescue, ventilation, overhaul and other specific functions at fires; also called ladder company".
Truckie
A firefighter typically responsible for tactical aerial operations, ventilation, search, and overhaul.
Trunkie
Truck" + "Monkey" = "Truck Monkey
Turn Around
A widened part of a fire break used for turning vehicles around, also used as a safe area during entrapment.
Turnout Gear
The protective clothing worn by firefighters
Turnout gear
The protective clothing worn by firefighters, made of a fire-resistant material such as Nomex or Aramid, and designed to shield against extreme heat. Sometimes called bunker gear. See PPE. Includes helmet, jacket and boots, and some departments include fire-resistant pants.
Turntable
Rotating base of an aerial ladder that permits the ladder to be elevated and extended in any direction from a fixed location.
Two-in, two-out (or two in/two out
Refers to the standard safety tactic of having one team of two firefighters enter a hazardous zone (IDLH), while at least two others stand by outside in case the first two need rescue thus requiring a minimum of four firefighters on scene prior to starting interior attack. Also refers to the buddy system" in which firefighters never enter or leave a burning structure alone.
Type I, II, III, IV, V Building
U.S. classification system for fire resistance of building construction types, including definitions for: "resistive" Type I, "limited combustible" Type II, "ordinary" Type III, heavy timber Type IV and "wood frame construction" Type V (i.e. made entirely of wood).
22 entries the in Fire Glossary beginning with "T"
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