January 5, 2017: Foam 1 arrived from SSV today! See Station 1 for details!
January 6, 2017: Rescue 2 arrived from Pierce MFG. See Station 2 for details!
January 12, 2017: Four identical Pierce Arrow XT engines arrived from Pierce MFG today! Check out Engine 1, Engine 201, Engine 3, and Engine 8 on their respective pages!
February-March 2017: Many new apparatus have been placed in service; see station pages for more information!
March 10, 2017: Hazmat 1 was involved in a MVA and is totaled. Fortunately, no firefighters were hurt, however, the apparatus is a total loss. New HM 1 will be sent out to bid soon. As of right now, the Hazmat team will be running out of Mobile Lab 1 as their primary unit, with Rescue 1 and Rescue 2 providing additional support.
April-May 2017: New apparatus have been delivered! See Station pages for updates!
May 2017: Incidents page has been added! Updates to follow soon!
June 2017: The Safety Battalion has been dismantled and reorganized due to the high number of calls within the city. The Safety Battalion, which used to consist of a Safety Battalion and an aide per shift, will now be integrated into the three battalions. Therefore, each battalion will have a battalion chief, a safety captain, and an aide.
June 2017: Truck 7, which is a 2017 Pierce Quantum/95' Aerialscope will be relegated to Station 2, where it will be established as a new company, Rescue Platform 2. Truck 7 will be replaced by a used 1998 Simon Duplex 100' tiller. Although the "new" tiller is much older than the current rig, it contains the space required for truck company operations. Also, the previous owners took excellent care of the rig, but the rig will be sent to the local dealer for a complete refurbishment of the compartments, ladder certification, and engine block replacement. Station 2 is also receiving a brand new rig, Heavy Rescue 2. This will replace the crane function of US&R 2. The crane of US&R 2 will be removed and roof compartments will be installed by the shop mechanics. US&R Task Force 2 will now be responsible for three apparatus (US&R 2, Rescue Platform 2, and Heavy Rescue 2).
July 2017: New companies have been established to alleviate calls in the Third Battalion. These include Squad 9 and Truck 9. See Station 9 for more details.
July 17, 2017: Truck 9 is now in service at Station 9! The new apparatus will be paired with the 2006 KME triple combination and will run as Light Force 9.
July 18, 2017: Truck 7 is now in service! The 1998 Simon Duplex will replace the 2016 Pierce Quantum Aerialscope, which will move to Station 2 where it will serve as Rescue Platform 2.
March -April 2016: Department has received Engines 2, 102, 3, 4, and 5, Truck 2, Rescue 1, Hazmat 1. Trucks 4 and 5 are currently in production at Seagrave and Smeal respectively. Decon 1 is also being refurbished at this time.
August 2016: The city of Castle Beach has just agreed to annex the city of Sequoia and the city of Blue Hills. Part of this acquisition involves the takeover of police, fire, and public utilities. For the fire department, FDCB will add 2 stations, one from each of the cities. The fire apparatus that will be acquired and renamed are as follows:
Former Sequoia FD Engine 1 will be renamed Engine 6 and is a 2006 KME SS triple combination engine.
Former Sequoia FD Rescue Engine 2 will be renamed Engine 106 and is a 2013 E-ONE eMAX rescue engine.
Former Sequoia FD Truck 1 will be renamed Truck 6 and is a 2008 Pierce Arrow XT 100' rear-mount tower.
Former Blue Hills Engine 1 will be renamed Engine 107 and is a 2007 Pierce Enforcer triple combination engine.
Former Blue Hills Truck 1 will be renamed Truck 7 and is a 2017 Pierce Quantum/1991 Baker 95' Aerialscope.
September 10, 2016: FDCB has purchased a used 2008 Pierce Saber PUC from a local Pierce dealer. It will serve as Engine 105 to alleviate the wear and tear on Engine 5. See Station 5 page for more details!
September 20, 2016: FDCB received Engine 106 from refurbishment. It will serve as Engine 106. See station 6 page for more details!
September 26, 2016: FDCB received Engine 6, Truck 6, Engine 107, and Truck 7 from the shops! See associated station pages!
September 30, 2016: FDCB has placed Engine 104 in service! Check out Station 4 for more information!
November 29, 2016: Squad 1 was totaled in an accident yesterday. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Department is looking to see whether it would be viable to replace the apparatus as it is not receiving too many calls.
December 2016: FDCB is receiving 4 new Pierce Arrow XT engines, 2 Pierce Arrow XT tillers, 1 Pierce Quantum Heavy Rescue, and an SSV Tiger II 4x4 for Foam 1.
January 2015: Engine 1, Engine 101, Truck 1, Engine 2, and Rescue 1 all receive new apparatus from Pierce.
February 25, 2015: Rescue 1 is back in the shops receiving maintenance after DD13 engine failed to function normally when it responded to a fire yesterday. In addition, there have been problems with the pump, as there were flow problems during a separate incident 2 weeks ago. Since those two components were not made by Pierce, the in-house technicians are attempting to repair the apparatus. If it is deemed that the apparatus will be out more than two weeks, an immediate replacement will be drawn up by the department. In addition, because the warranty of the vehicle is still good, there should be no additional costs to purchase a replacement for Rescue 1, given that the specs will remain the same. However, this is subject to change because the captain of Rescue 1 deems the vehicle inadequate in carrying all the proper equipment to a scene.