Fire departments use training and preparation to keep response times short

ADDISON COUNTY — In less than five minutes, members of the Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department will answer a call, throw on their heavy gear, pile into their fleet of trucks, switch on the siren and head out for their mission.
“We have a joke,” said Middlebury Department Chief David Shaw. “If we’re not out of here in five minutes, we’re not coming.”
The Vergennes Fire Department firefighters pride themselves on the time they arrived at Basin Harbor Club in seven minutes, a trip that usually takes about 20 minutes.

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