Suffolk Landfill Debris Fire and concurrent EMS response 11 June 2017

Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched “mutual aid” to the City of Suffolk at 2:27 p.m. Sunday 11 June 2017, to a reported “large brush fire” at the J.C. Holland Landfill on Nansemond Parkway. All-volunteer crews responded with Zone-10, Car-10, Brush-10 and Tanker-10. Fire crews from Suffolk and Carrollton battled the stubborn blaze for more than four hours which had spread from mulch to adjacent debris piles and other exposures within the large landfill facility. Carrollton units and crews were cleared from the scene at 6:49 p.m. and returned to Station-10 for the laborious duty of cleaning their apparatus and equipment for the next emergency dispatch.

Carrollton VFD Medic-11 with an IOW Emergency Services crew was also dispatched from Station-10 at 2:55 p.m. for a medical transport emergency. These two concurrent emergency responses from Station-10 are examples of the value to the local community, and also rapid response efficiency, of having Fire, Rescue and EMS services all together in one facility. It also represents the close working relationship between the volunteers and career Emergency Services personnel in Isle of Wight County.

Note: This was the third "mutual aid" (outside Isle of Wight County) deployment of our newest Tanker-10 semi-tractor trailer pumper. This unique fire-fighting apparatus was purchased using only public donations and highlights the strong public support by the local community of its volunteer fire fighters and Emergency Medical Technicians. Tanker-10 is the largest fire-fighting pumper-tanker unit in Southeastern Virginia and, like its predecessor "Tanker-10" units, is often dispatched throughout the Hampton Roads region to fires in remote areas not served by municipal water hydrants. Carrollton VFD’s first semi-tractor trailer unit was a 1971 Mack tractor with a 5500 gallon water trailer.

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