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FAL-WIN 2016

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FALL 2016 \ PIERCE 29 on. It was a two-alarm fire, with mutual aid from Meadowood, Fitzwilliam, Jaffrey, and Winchendon, Massachusetts. "We were rolling with the modified pickup truck still in those days, and it only had a 250-gallon booster tank, but we attacked the fire with the 100-gallon-per-minute charged standpipe system on campus that is connected to the million-gallon water tower. I think we used most of it. We kept the fire to just the dorm room and the hallway outside it, but we flooded the floors below and some of the campus outside." Allie Klipp '16, was recruited for Pierce's new women's ice hockey team, but "discovered the fire de- partment and turned down the hockey opportunity to pursue my firefighting career." The best part about being a firefighter, she says, "was being able to make a difference in people's lives. Every call was different, but at every call, we were helping people in need, and there is nothing more rewarding than being able to dedicate your hard work for the benefit of others." The most notable call she remembers was in May 2015. "I responded with other members of the company to a four-alarm structure fire in Massachusetts. We could see the smoke from campus and were among the first engines on-scene. This was my first structure fire and I was thankful for the extensive training and skills that we practiced every week." The mindset remains after graduation, Klipp adds. "The feeling does not go away. You always have the training and the passion. That stays with you." Rindge Chief Donovan recalls one response a few years ago, a fully involved structure fire, a house and a barn, to which RFD, including FPFC responded with the Keene Fire Department. "Keene is the only big city in southwestern New Hampshire," he says. "I had Keene members tell me how good a job the students did. How solid their training was. They told me 'Franklin Pierce can come fight fires with us anytime.'" Every call was different, but at every call, we were helping people in need, and there is nothing more rewarding than being able to dedicate your hard work for the benefit of others.

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