Aug. 28, 2008
A plane flying into the Burlington International Airport in South Burlington radioed the control tower with a problem on Aug. 12. Williston fire crews were dispatched to the scene at 10:18 p.m. Capt. Tim Gerry said it was a Phase 5 call, meaning it was the highest and most important call on the phase scale used by the airport.
Phase 5 calls can be for landing gear and wing flap problems, he said.
“The phase call depends on the size or severity of the problem,” Gerry said.
Gerry said other fire crews were dispatched from around Chittenden County, including Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Malletts Bay and Essex Junction. He added the fire department does not get information on the exact problem when being called out.
Tower 1 and Engine 4 responded to the airport, where the plane landed safely without incident.
The fire department gets called to the airport “about half a dozen times” during a year for phase problems, Gerry said.
• On Aug. 7 at 12:50 p.m., fire crews were called to the scene of a car accident at the intersection of South Brownell Road and Shunpike Road. A Hyundai Accent rear-ended a Toyota Camry, with the passenger of the Camry sustaining injuries. St. Michael’s College Rescue responded and transported the individual to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Nine fire personnel responded on Engine 3 and Hazmat 1.
• A Dodge Colt drove off Mountain View Road at 5 a.m. on Aug. 8, prompting fire crews to respond. The driver of the Colt sustained injuries and was transported by St. Michael’s College Rescue to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Engine 3 and the Command Car responded with six fire personnel.
• At 5:10 p.m. on Aug. 13, fire crews responded to a multi-vehicle accident at the intersection of routes 2 and 2A at Taft Corners. A Dodge Caliber, a Ford 500 and a four-door Jeep collided, although it was unclear from the fire log which vehicle caused the accident. St. Michael’s College Rescue responded to the scene as well, and transported one person to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Engines 2 and 3 responded, along with the Hazmat truck and 10 fire personnel. Crews cleaned up the scene after the accident.