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FAL-WIN 2016

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28 PIERCE / FALL 2016 but still operated on its own. Some student firefighters also joined as part-timers with RFD. That worked mostly well until 2007. "Questions arose over direction, structure, and operations," says Dono- van. "The campus wanted the company to continue and there was never intent to do away with it. So under the direction of the state fire marshal, we developed an agreement under which it would stay as the third company of Rindge Fire." That also solved the chronic problem of second-hand apparatus, especially after the incumbent unit was incapacitated in the big ice storm of 2008. RFD put one if its engines on campus. MUTUAL BENEFITS D onovan stresses the mutual benefits of hav- ing a firefighting company on campus. "Because of the high [degree of ] hazards, 200-plus students in each building, we always struggled to get two units up there. Having the company on campus means quicker response. It also saves fuel and wear and tear on the town equipment. It helps with the town budget and with the University's insurance. The students are so enthusiastic; there is a great relationship with the rest of the department. And I get calls from surrounding areas complimenting the students for their work on mutual assistance calls; also from towns where students have gone. They are very impressed with them. The program is working extremely well." The initial attraction of joining for Brian Freedman '87, administrator, Brush Hill Care Center in Milton, Massachusetts, was having friends in the company. "Also, the engine was in the building below my dorm room, so I was awake every time there was a call anyway." Training was rigorous and exciting. "In training to fight flammable liquids, there was a pit, about the area of a swimming pool, but only about eight inches deep. It would be filled with kerosene, set on fire, and we would put it out. Then it was re-lighted and we would put it out. Over and over. You can't do that these days because of the pollution." Freedman also recalls the "burn house," which was a training structure. "We would fill it with old furniture, pallets, and bales of hay, set it on fire, and put it out. The training was very realistic and very effective." That effectiveness showed in the only significant fire during his service. "There was a fire in the Granite [Hall] residence in 1985," Freedman relates. "The fire was started by an extension cord under a rug. The cord was frayed, there was a chair on it, and it was plugged into a television, which had been left This page, left: Allie Klipp '16 at the Firefighter I certification course Middle top: The Midnight Madness trip at Crotched Mountain Middle bottom: Allie Klipp '16 on the Grand Monadnock hike Right: a water supply training Facing page, left: Removing a wind- shield at a motor ve- hicle demonstration Middle top: Dale Smith (Rindge Fire), Benjamin Regin '16, Deb Douglas (Rindge Fire), Joseph Beauregard '16, Cassey Burrage (Rindge Fire), at the 2016 Graduation Middle bottom: department photo Right: Allie Klipp '16 and Corey Duren at a training session

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