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A representative group of firefighters from all four Chili Fire Companies did a walk-through of the Leisure Living company that specializes in pool equipment this evening. While the building has been in Chili for years, with a new company moving in there has been many changes to the interior. It is always important for firefighters to have a good understanding of how a building is laid out and what is stored inside, especially when it is a big warehouse building such as this one.

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The Chili Fire Department currently has four Recruit Firefighters getting ready to graduate from Firefighter I class. As they near the end of class there is a Family Night where the recruits are able to demonstrate some of their skills they have learned to their family and members of the public. Congratulations to our Recruit Firefighters and looking forward to your rapidly approaching graduation.

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Companies #1 and #2 tested there skills last night in an ice water rescue drill held at Bells Pond. The newer members found out what it was like to work out on the ice to retrieve a victim and what cold ice water is all about even when you are in a rescue suit.

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Companies #2 and #4 trained at the PSTF tonight. They trained on the car fire simulator and the propane simulator.

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Region 1 Awards
Northeastern


Unlimited Pit
Chili
Hagerman
Brighton

Limited Pit
Brighton
Bushnell Basin
Hagerman

Overall
Chili
Hagerman
Brighton

Captains Award
Chili

Medic Award
Bushnell Basin

Novice Award
Oakville 2

Innovation Award
Pelham


Turk
Open Region Awards


Unlimited Pit
Oakville 1
Burlington
Mississauga

Limited Pit
Mississauga
Pelham
Oakville 1

Overall
Mississauga
Oakville 1
Burlington

Captains Award
Mississauga

Medic Award
Mississauga

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Every summer the Chili Fire Department makes an effort to have a little company vs. company fun via "Waterball". Waterball is a game where opposing teams use hoselines to advance a suspended ball towards the opposite teams end. This July, Co#1 took on Co#2 in some good natured fun. Although a winner couldn't be declared, both sides ended the evening soaking wet!

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This past week the Chili Fire Department had the chance to do some live training evolutions on this old 2-1/2 story residential house that was converted into four apartments in later years thanks to the Pearce Memorial Church who is in the process of demoing two houses on Orchard Street.

The department had this rare opportunity that does not happen often anymore to train in this type of environment especially for our newer members. The crews charged the house with fake smoke along with setting room and contents fires on the second floor where they had to advance a handline in to knock the fire down. The members also trained in search and rescue, initial fire attack, water supply, accountability and roof ventilation. Here are some pictures from the event.

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This type of training does not happen that often anymore and when it does it is a huge benefit to a fire department. A big thank you goes out to Bernie Iacovangelo, a local business man and developer of Chili, for allowing the department to use this structure throughout the winter months for some hands on training which helped our new recruits get a feel for what it takes to work in a practical environment. They had a chance to learn the skills of venting a roof and to bring up their skills in search and rescue, initial fire, attack and R.I.T operations. This live burn drill marked the conclusion of the training at the house.

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It may have been a hot and humid night but the Chili Fire Department invited Suburban Propane to Company 1 for some hands on review on how to deal with propane fires. They also reviewed the safety shut offs on there transport trucks and there bob tails. It was a good experience for all.
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