Community

NYFR's major community initiatives are Fire Prevention Week in October, our Smoke Detector Campain, and offering community CPR Trainings to our citizens. We also play a large role in North Yarmouth Fun Day, participate in the Clam Festival, Cumberland Fair and Memorial Day parades. Starting in 2014, we resurrecting the muster team and hope to "entertain" the Clam Festival and Fun Day crowds with feats of athleticism!

The Smoke detector campaign is offered to all residents of the Town of North Yarmouth in efforts to promote Fire Safety and increase awareness. Residential homes only are eligible for the campaign. North Yarmouth Fire Rescue in conjunction with Patriot Insurance, have recognized the importance of protecting our residents as safely as possible. North Yarmouth Fire Rescue will be offering Free Fire and Smoke alarm inspections to our citizens that are interested in the program. We will also offer Smoke and/or Carbon Monoxide to those residents that cannot afford a device for their home.This program began on September 19, 2015 and will continue as funding allows.


DRY HYDRANT ACCESS

North Yarmouth Fire Rescue uses three dry hydrants in the Town of North Yarmouth for the areas of town that are not protected with Fire Hydrants. These hydrants are key in the event of a fire. We currently have Dry Hydrants located at the Royal River on Route 9, on Mill Rd at the River, and at Jewett’s Pond on New Gloucester Rd. Public Works keeps these areas clear for fire department access during a fire. There are also no parking zones set up at these sites stating “PARKING for EMERGENCY VEHICLE ONLY”. This winter many people have been utilizing these dry hydrant areas for parking while using the rivers and ponds for recreational activities.

These pictures were taken today January 17, 2017 at the Royal River Dry Hydrant.

Royal Rd Dry Hydrant

What is a Dry Hydrant?

A dry hydrant is a non-pressurized pipe system permanently installed in existing lakes, ponds, and streams that provides means of suction supply of water to an engine hooked into the system. This gives the tank truck a means to fill its tank during fire activities.

 

In many rural areas, a lack of water mains and domestic fire hydrants can sometimes impair a fire departments ability to do its job quickly and efficiently. Tanker trucks must be used to carry large amounts of water to the scene of a fire. The success of the operation hinges on the distance the trucks must travel to the water fill up spots to the fire scene.

 

When access is blocked to these dry hydrant sites, you have effectively taken that critical water source out of service and the fire department may have to travel another 5-7 minutes to establish another fill site. This adds to the time that it takes to get water from the fill site to the fire scene. This added time could mean the difference between saving your personal belongings to losing them all.

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Use your generator safely during a power outage

Generators are great... especially when you lose power. However, generators can be dangerous when not used properly. 

  • Only operate your generator outside in a dry area. Never take a generator inside the home or garage. 
  • If you are using extension cords make sure you use the proper sized cords. 
  • Avoid overloading your generator by plugging in too many appliances. 
  • If you want to wire your generator directly into your home's existing electrical system you should have a certified electrician hook up your generator... in most cases you will need to throw a switch before using your generator. 
  • Only fuel your generator when it is not running and keep all fuel away from the generator and outside the home. 

Finally, if you see an electrical repair crew working in the area it's a good idea to let them know you're using a generator. This will keep them safe and they can advise you when you'll be able to switch off the generator as power is restored to the area.