Who's your firefighter: Brandon Allen
Lincolnville Volunteer Fire
Occupation: Public Works Department, Town of Thomaston
Why did you want to become a firefighter?
To protect and serve the community in which I live. I felt I had something to offer the department once I received proper training. As a firefighter you are on call all the time. You have to be able to respond at a drop of a hat. My previous employment demanded the same type of service. After changing occupations I decided that I could devote my time to the fire department. There’s a lot of commitment involved with joining an emergency response organization. I enjoy the comradery within our department. We are a close knit group that support one another not only in the department but outside, as well.
What was your most notable call?
Early in my career we were toned out for a woods fire. Myself and two veteran firefighters rolled our tanker truck. While in route to the call, dispatch updated that we had a fully-involved structure fire. Upon our arrival, the chief took control of the engine while the two veteran firefighters attacked the fully-involved cottage. I asked “what should I do?” He told me to grab a portable water tank and head off the woods fire.
Single-handed, I had the responsibility of stopping the woods fire from making it to the next dwelling. With limited resources, I used a near by pond to replenish the portable water tank and successfully put it out.
What would be your advice to a new firefighter?
A person should be sure that he or she has enough time to commit to their department. Be prepared to do a lot of training. Listen to your peers as they have a lot of knowledge to offer you.
What kind of stress are firefighters subject to?
Wondering when the next call might be, is it going to be “The Big One?” Never knowing whether or not there will be lives are at stake.
What are the current challenges facing firefighters?
The biggest challenge we face as a volunteer fire department is keeping up with all the training and certifications required by law.
What was the worst fire you have ever responded to?
The worst fire I have experienced was a mutual aid response where a structure was fully involved and ended up being a complete loss.
Why is it important for a community to have a strong fire department?
A strong fire department provides a community with trained, knowledgeable people who will be able to respond promptly in a time of need.