City OKs $1.75M for firefighting equipment

Vergennes residents on Tuesday backed a proposal to bond for up to $1.75 million for the city’s fire department to spend on replacing a 21-year-old heavy rescue truck and a 25-year-old ladder truck. The vote tally was 90-64 in low turnout. Around 7.2% of registered voters participated.

City voters to weigh in on fire truck bond

Vergennes residents next week weigh in on a proposal to bond for up to $1.75 million, money that would allow the city’s fire department to replace a 21-year-old heavy rescue truck and a 25-year-old ladder truck. 

Vergennes fire bond shrunk, rescheduled

here will a citywide vote on a fire bond in Vergennes in December, but on Tuesday the Vergennes City Council changed its date, lowered its price tag, changed the purchase list to be supported by the bond, and decided that a vote for a new lease for the Ve … (read more)

City looking at $2.3 million for fire trucks

Vergennes voters soon will weigh in on a $2.35 million bond to pay for two new trucks for the city’s fire department and to refurbish a third. 

Rescues, by water or land: Area fire agencies can offer specialized help

Two area fire departments, Middlebury and Vergennes, have Technical Rescue Teams trained to do both swift-water and mountain rescues — and they have put their swift-water training to use over the past two months. 

Local firefighting tech teams make difficult saves

The floods that struck Vermont this summer show why the Middlebury and Vergennes fire departments have Technical Rescue Teams capable of acting in fast-moving water. 

Council confirms DiBiase as permanent city fire chief

In a unanimous decision followed by a standing ovation from both councilors and about 15 meeting attendees, the Vergennes City Council on May 9 confirmed interim Vergennes Volunteer Fire Department Chief David DiBiase as the head of the department. 

Jim Breur, Vergennes fire chief, dies of cancer

Jim Breur, who has served the City of Vergennes as member and eventually chief of the fire department, died this past Friday. He is shown here leading his department in the annual Vergennes Memorial Day Parade.Photo by Mark Bouvier VERGENNES — After 45 ye … (read more)

City eyes emergency fire preparedness spending

VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council and the chairperson of the Ferrisburgh selectboard at a recent meeting wrestled with how to pay for $150,000 of badly needed new air packs for the Vergennes Fire Department.  Air packs are the breathing gear firefigh … (read more)