On May 31st, the Peninsula Fire Buffs hosted a joint meeting with Fire Associates of Santa Clara Valley and the San Francisco Phoenix Society. FASCV had 11 members in attendance at South San Francisco Fire Department's Station 61 training facility.
As members arrived, they were treated to an equipment display that included RHB1, the Peninsula Fire Buffs' new response vehicle; all SSFFD Station 61 equipment; SSFFD's medic units; and their new Battalion-17 response vehicle.
The evening was hosted by Deputy Chief Dick Dennen who welcomed all the attendees to the buffet dinner and tour of the new station and training facility. The station is a remodeled Black Mountain Water distribution facility, which lended itself to the open equipment bays and dorm/office layout that the fire department required. The training tower is a state-of-the-art, 7-story, steel-constructed facility. Deputy Chief Dennen personally led tours of the tower, explaining in detail how training personnel now have the ability to control both the interior fire environment as well as rearrange the interior floorplans.
The evening was capped off with a "live fire" demonstration. The crew from SSFFD Engine 61 demonstrated their ability to put out a gas fire while protecting the exposure of a propane tank. Arriving on the scene "Code 3", the engine crew quickly went to work and put on a very impressive demonstration of their skill.
All the members of FASCV would like to thank the members of the Peninsula Fire Buffs, and their president Bob Romanoff, for the invitation. It was an exciting evening.
Photos of the event can be seen at this link: FASCV Joint Meeting