The members of the department will be having the annual Christmas Tree fund raiser beginning on Saturday, November 28 at Pownalborough Station which is located at the intersection of Routes 128 & 197. The hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekend until Christmas (unless we sell out before then). The trees will be 5′ to 7′ for $25.00 and any tree over 7′ the price will be $30.00 each. If you have any questions or need to make other arrangements to get a tree, please call either Gorham or Shari at 737-2566 and we will help you out. We hope you’ll stop by for a tree and help us to have a successful fund raising event. All of us here at Dresden Fire/Rescue wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of holiday seasons.
Maine Forest Service issues a ‘Classification’ for each day to indicate the safety of open burning. They are listed as follows:
Class 1 – Low fire danger – permits can be issued.
Class 2 – Moderate fire danger – ”
Class 3 – High fire danger – dry and easily flammable. Check with your issuing agent(s) for your town.
Class 4 – Very high fire danger – fire danger is too high to allow open burning….no permits will be issued.
Class 5 – RED FLAG….Absolutely no open burning will be allowed until further notice.
Please be very aware of the dangers. If you are not sure, please take the time to call one of the issuing agents for your town. Here in Dresden those who are able to issue permits are the following:
Chief – Steve Lilly – 737-9434
Assist. Chief – Ron Theriault – 737-8771
F.F./EMA – Sonia Lilly – 737-9429
Deputy – Shari Lilly – 737-2566
Permits may be obtained online at http://www.wardensreport.com. You MUST have a printer to make a copy of the permit and have it with you while you are burning. This is a free service.
LET’S ALL BE SAFE AND USE COMMON SENSE AND GOOD PRACTICES WHEN IT COMES TO BURNING OF DEBRIS, ETC.
UPDATE 2016: Well, we have had our 6 x 6 UTV in use a couple of times and it has already shown to be a great addition to our department. Now we are in the process of getting other important equipment to add to it so as to make it more versatile. Our local snowmobile club (Dresden Sno-Valley Riders) has recently donated money to go towards the purchase of some tracks that will help when needed in the winter for snow covered areas. The cost of these tracks will be at least $4500.00. We know it will take time to raise the money, so if anyone would like to make a donation, it would be greatly appreciated. Just please make sure you specify that your donation is to be put towards that equipment. You can mail a donation to the Town of Dresden, Fire Department UTV account, P. O. Box 30, Dresden Maine 04342. Thank you.
UPDATE: WE HAVE OUR NEW POLARIS RANGER 6 X 6 ATV…! Thanks to donations, money from bottle & can returns, fund raising events through the Dresden Fire Association, and money from the DFD equipment account, we were able to purchase the UTV, which we got from Team Woody’s Sports Center in Topsham, Maine. They were very helpful in giving us a price that would allow us to purchase the UTV sooner than we had thought. And, they went above and beyond with each step of the process from ordering to the finish work. It was nice to deal with such professionals who are friendly, willing to work with us and keep it fairly local. With all the support from our community, friends, members and those who have donated in one way or another, things like this are made possible. So, we want to thank everyone who has made this a reality. THANK YOU. Now, we will be working to raise enough money for a trailer to haul it on and some equipment that will be useful to the firefighters, such as water tanks for woods fires or rescue equipment.
It is with great appreciation that the members of our department wish to recognize our former local ATV Club….The EASTERN RIVER RIDGE RUNNERS. As a small group, they established this club with the intent of developing an ATV trail system that would make it easier for people to enjoy our surroundings. However, as time passed, many issues brought a low volume of interest and participation. So, unfortunately, the club ceased to be active. Due to the number of years that have since gone by that the club has been inactive, some of the members got together and made the decision that there isn’t enough interest to get the club going again, so they voted to disperse the club money by donating it to different organizations in our own town. It is with great pleasure and gratitude that the Dresden Fire Department is one of the recipients. The ERRR members voted to donate $4,000.00 to be put in our fund for the 6 wheel RTV. This is such a wonderful donation and it puts us that much closer to our goal. Although we still have a ways to go, this has brought us such great enthusiasm that we will be able to make our purchase a lot sooner than we thought. We are hoping that others will be inspired to also help out. Even the smallest of donations will add up. I personally want to thank all those members who voted to be so generous and help out our community fire department. This is what a small group of people can accomplish. Thank you all so very much.
OUR ANNUAL FIRE PREVENTION OPEN HOUSE will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 07, 2015 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Pownalborough Station. We will have lots of material information on fire prevention and what to do in case of a fire. The firefighters will show the gear they have to wear while on a call. They will answer questions about their duties, the types of equipment they deal with, the different fire trucks and any other questions that come up. We’ll have hot dogs, cold drinks, games for the kids, door prizes, raffles and many different fire trucks from other towns. And, don’t forget, “Sparky the Fire Dog” will be there too. We hope you’ll join us for the very important, informative and fun event for the whole family.
Also, we want to remind you that this would be a good of year to check the batteries in your smoke & CO2 detectors and make sure your chimney, furnace, stove or other heating equipment is clean and safe for the upcoming winter season.
At this time, we don’t have any fund raising events planned until we have our annual Christmas Tree Sales. However, we will have our annual Fire Prevention Open House in October. We haven’t set a specific date, but it will be around the first week of that month. This is an important, community/family event that we have so that we can teach young (and old) the dangers of many types of fires and what to do if they should ever have a problem, answer any questions about firefighting and even show some of the things and training that firefighters have to learn. We feel that knowledge is power so the more information we can get out to our community, the better prepared they will be. Along with information packets, we strive to make the evening fun for all by having games, food, Sparky the Dog, a ‘Smoke House’ and lots of fire trucks ranging from a brush truck to a really tall ladder truck. Who doesn’t love to check out a fire truck! Plus, we have some wonderful businesses and individuals who donate items either for us to raffle off or give as door prizes. If your fire department hosts a Fire Prevention Open House, we hope you will take the time to check it out. Your fire personnel have a lot of wonderful information and demonstrations they can share with you so that you can be better prepared if you should ever need to.
ALSO, as we are now in the month of August, the kids will be going back to school in many areas. We want to urge everyone to please be careful when you see children waiting to get on or off the bus. Many of them may need to cross the road to get to their bus stop, or if the weather is bad, it can make visibility hard, so PLEASE use caution while driving and NEVER pass a stopped school bus. SAFETY FIRST.
As we live in such a rural community, surrounded by large areas of woods, grasslands, swamps and rivers, we have had a number of times when we had difficulty getting to an emergency…a woods fire deep in a wooded lot, a lost child or hunter, a snowmobiler, snowshoer, ice fishing person or someone in or near the water needing help where we couldn’t get into with our standard apparatus. Due to these issues where time and equipment are so essential, the Dresden Fire Department has been working to raise enough money for a 6-wheel Rough Terrain Vehicle. This would be a very beneficial vehicle that we could definitely use to get manpower and equipment into areas that would otherwise be impossible unless we take time to recruit and wait for outside help. Our goal is to raise approximately $ 15,000.00 – $ 20,000.00 which would provide us with a RTV we can equip with items such as back tanks for woods fires, back boards to bring people out of remote areas, and other equipment that our firefighters may need in order to meet the challenges they may face in a timely and safe manner.
WE COULD REALLY USE YOUR HELP TO REACH OUR GOAL.
Donations for this project are being accepted at the Dresden Town Office – P.O. Box 30 – Dresden, Maine 04342. Just make sure to specify that it is for the 6-wheel RTV. Also, remember that your donations are tax deductible. But, most of all, you would be helping to bring a much needed piece of equipment into your community that would give our firefighters a big advantage in so many situations.
So we spent Friday afternoon (July 25) until 9 p.m. and Saturday (July 26) from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the waterfront in Richmond to do our annual fund raiser during Richmond Days. They were two glorious days and the crowds were really good. Our ‘Grill Masters’ were smokin’ the grill and everybody had such nice compliments on the food. We sold hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, cheese dogs, chips, cold drinks and HOMEMADE desserts. We had a busy, but wonderful, time as usual. It was so nice to see people that we hadn’t seen in a while, talk to other vendors, watch all the events, listen to great music, smile as friends and neighbors shook each others hands or gave a big hug to those they don’t see on a regular basis. The atmosphere was so warm and inviting. And the fireworks were absolutely AWESOME.……some of the best we have ever seen. The Richmond Days Committee, Richmond PD, Richmond Public Works employees and Richmond FD members all did a terrific job on the entire weekend of festivities. They certainly deserve a huge pat on the back. Hopefully, we will see you all again next year. And THANK YOU for making our fund raiser a success as usual.
On Sunday, July 27, we ventured to the Town of Phippsburg for the annual Firemen’s Field Day. This year, the town is celebrating its 200th Anniversary. As usual, we had a great time with some of the best firefighters representing their respective departments in different events during the always competitive, but totally fun, firemen’s muster. Our group took first place in two events and ended up with second place overall, plus our Chief, Steve, and his wife Sonia, were given the award for Best Sportsmanship. Yeah, to all those who were present to represent our small town fire/rescue. Those competing were Todd Clark, Sabrina Doray, Ashley Garnett, Sonia Lilly, Steve Lilly and Joe Hall. They did an awesome job, which we knew they would! They also were filmed by WMTW 8 while doing one of the events and made it onto the 11 p.m. news. It was short but sweet. (Check it out at http://www.wmtw.com/news/firemens-field-day-held-in-phippsburg/27201292#!bpMFeJ. It was nice to see a tv station show interest in a small town event such as that. So if all goes well, we plan to be back next year with our team to share in the fun, camaraderie, and lobster raffles.
Just wanted to let everyone know that the SUMMERFEST Event was a great success. All those who attended found many different venues to peak their interests. It all began with a nice parade lead by a horse-drawn wagon, floats, firetrucks, musical groups, children and cars. Local people and groups were selling their handmade items which included baked foods, leather products, hand-cut glass items, and handmade dolls/clothing. The Richmond Area Food Pantry had a booth with information on the great effort to help others, as well as selling raffle tickets and having a donation jar to help raise money to assist them with supplying food for those in need. Our towns Historical Society had a booth with information about the work it does with upkeep of ancient cemeteries, taking care of historical papers, data and photos and how the members strive to preserve memorabilia for the future. They also had membership information for those interested in either joining or helping in some way. As part of continually trying to raise extra money, they also had some delicious ice cream they were selling for only $1.00 for a large serving with sprinkles and other toppings. Everyone commented on the great flavors and the creaminess. The Lincoln County Historical Society gave tours of the Historic Pownalborough Court House. Many people had the opportunity to take pictures, see what it was like inside and ask questions or get information on the history of this wonderful building. Wind Over Wings had a presentation of the birds they rehabilitate, children and adults were captivated seeing the birds and hearing about them. A local group of folks played their instruments and sang for our entertainment. Goats were in a fenced in area so the children could touch them and watch them play. Children’s games were also available to entertain them. The town Recreation Committee had their annual pie contest. This year’s winner was Sabrina Doray who made a Raspberry Lemonade Pie. She was totally surprised. And, by the way, she is one of our own firefighters. Pat Theriault came in second with her pie. She is also one of our firefighters and has recently become our Town Clerk. Way to go girls….! And, we just can’t forget the wonderful Bar-B-Que that our Dresden Fire Association/Dept. members put on. Our “Grill Masters” (Chief Steve Lilly & Assistant Chief Ron Theriault) were really at their best. We had more compliments than you can shake a stick at. We had hot & mild sausage, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, cheese dogs, and all the fixing, plus homemade cookies, pies and relish. They not only know how to put out a fire, they know how to use it in the best way possible….Cookin’ up some of the greatest-tasting food ever!! Thank you all for making our fund raiser a success..:) We hope everyone enjoyed their time and that you will come back again next year.
If you are interested in joining the Dresden (Maine) Fire Department and helping out in any capacity, please let us know. You don’t need to go into burning buildings in order to join. There are many jobs to do, and our firefighters include men and women of all ages and talents. We also encourage any boys and girls interested in joining the Junior Firefighter program to inquire. For more information, contact Chief Steve Lilly at 737-9434, Assistant Chief Ron Theriault at 737-8771 or come to the station any Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm. New members are always a very welcome addition to our department and community.