With over 40 dedicated volunteers, including several retired professional firefighters, we have the depth and experience to answer the call. We operate two engines and two brush trucks, a tanker, a fire boat, and multiple support vehicles from three fire stations in Sunrise Beach.
The Sunrise Beach VFD Shift Commander of the Day crews the department’s command vehicle. A service body equipped extended cab 4-wheel drive pick up, the command vehicle is deployed on all fires, structure or brush/wildland, and all medical calls. The unit is responsible for establishing incident command and orchestrating the arrival of fire fighting units and coordination with Emergency Medical Service ambulances. An extensive array of medical supplies is carried for use by the department’s medical first responders. Oxygen and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) equipment provides needed breathing support. The vehicle also carries an infrared camera and flammable vapor detection equipment as well as a carbon monoxide detection device.
The principal structure fire attack vehicle is Engine One, the newest of our pumpers. The vehicle is a Freightliner truck, carrying 2,500 gallons of water and a five person crew equipped with Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). There are two 1.75-inch preconnect crosslay attack hoses, 500 feet of 3-inch hose, and rigid suction for siphoning. This unit also carries the “Jaws of Life” vehicle extrication equipment and numerous other pieces of firefighting and emergenct response equipment.
The second large engine in the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department fleet of fire attack vehicles is Engine 2. Engine 2 is an old rig but still very viable and important in our fire operations. It arrives on scene with 3000 gallons of water and a crew of four or five. Also, the engine has the same equipment as Engine 1 minus the extrication gear. This vehicle has a generator mounted on board and that powers the smoke extraction fan used to clear structures of smoke.
Tanker One is a 2000 gallon unit responsible for refilling fire fighting vehicles. Crewed by a team of two the unit also carries a 2000 drop tank. The tank is a portable and foldable plastic lined tank that allows the tanker to dump all of its water from a chute located at the rear of the vehicle and quickly leave to refill its tank. Other units then are able to pump water from the drop tank into their vehicle’s tank and re-engage the fire operation. The vehicle has limited “self-protection” capability with a 50-foot “red line” hose and nozzle at the rear of the vehicle should the fire scene become dangerous.
The Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department has two vehicles designed for fighting grass and forest fires. Brush One has a 500 gallon water supply and is manned by a crew of four firefighters. Equipment on board this vehicle includes a chainsaw, a self-contained breathing apparatus (air pack) and shovels, rakes, and axes used in combating grass fires. The vehicle is also equipped with the necessary equipment to combat structure fires when necessary, e.g., the structure is located where a larger truck is not able to reach.
Brush Two is the smaller of the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department’s grass/wildland fire fighting vehicles. Crewed with three fire fighters the truck arrives with 350 gallons of water and fire fighting hand tools. Like Brush One, this vehicle has a foam system that aids in quenching fires.
A necessary element in fighting fires is a reliable supply of water. The city of Sunrise Beach Village does not have fire hydrants supplied from the city water system. Instead, the department relies on 12 dry hydrants. These are located around the city and require a pump to pull water from the lake. The Water Supply truck is responsible for deploying to the nearest dry hydrant, priming its pump, and stand ready to refill our tanker and pumper units as they need to refill their tanks. The unit is also supplied with floating pump apparatus to pull water from smaller stock ponds and streams while engaged in grass/wildland fire operations. Crewed by a team of two this unit is the “senior member” in terms of age.
he VFD is also blessed to be equipped with a fire boat. This outfit deploys with a crew of two or three. It can and has served three purposes. The first is providing suppressive water stream on a structure fire from the lake. The second is to provide a re-supply source of water for refilling other fire attack vehicles. The boat has also been used for water search and rescue for boating accidents, drownings, and disabled boats.
Supply and Rehab
The most welcome sight on most all fire scenes is the department’s Supply and Rehab vehicle. Equipped with pop-up shade tents, ice chests full of Gatorade and water, and lots of towels soaked in ice water, this crew provides needed rest and rehabilitation for our fire fighters during structure fires as well as grass/wildland fires. The unit is also used extensively on large highway accident scenes to light the work area, protect responding fire fighters and EMS personnel, and provided electricity from its generator. The crew also has a limited supply of automotive tools to assist in repair of other department vehicles should they break down during operations. This unit is crewed by a crew of up to five.and