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2015

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28 H o m e w o o d M a g a z i n e 2 0 1 5 H operations truck can respond to large-scale emergencies like multi-car interstate traffi c accidents and hazardous materials spills. The department has also bolstered their rescue equipment to include a few things one might not immediately think of as being helpful to the fi re department. During the "Snowpocalypse" of 2014, HFD put its three All Terrain Vehicles to use. Firemen used the ATVs to ferry stranded motorists from their cars on I-65 and city streets to homes or shelters and to deliver supplies to those who decided to ride the weather out in their cars. "We spent hours going up and down I-65 that day checking on people." Bresnan says. In addition, HFD was the benefi ciary of a used Bobcat from the Homewood Parks & Recreation department. "You wouldn't think fi re department—Bobcat, but it's really come in handy," Bresnan continues. When a tree recently fell across a busy street in Homewood during peak traffi c hours, instead of having to call an outside company for help and shut down the street for hours, HFD responded with chain saws and the Bobcat and within an hour had moved the tree allowing traffi c to pass. "We have great equipment, and we train so we can get good results." HFD is staffed by almost 75 men and women in three fi re stations. The Department bought a new state-of-the-art 100-foot aerial ladder truck in 2014 as part of its long-range vehicle plan. The City of Homewood Fire & Rescue's new Ladder Co. 4 in front of Fire Station No. 1 The department has received numerous grants to purchase new equipment, pursue specialized training, and hire additional fi refi ghters. department has received numerous grants to purchase new equipment, pursue specialized training, and hire additional fi refi ghters. The department maintains a Class 2 ISO rating, which translates to lower residential insurance rates. Chief Bresnan stresses the importance of training for special- ized rescue situations. Homewood fi refi ghters have received training on rope rescue, confi ned-space rescue, structural collapse, and water rescue. While it may not seem like these are likely scenarios in Home- wood, Chief Bresnan thinks that the training is for a productive purpose. "It's important for fi refi ghters to be ready for anything," he says. "Hands-on training gives them experience they might not otherwise gain and makes them better able to handle almost any situation." In the end, Bresnan is just happy to have the chance to serve: "It is truly a pleasure to the be the fi re chief in this community."

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