MONTGOMERY, Vt. (WCAX) Firefighters in the town of Montgomery are outraged after responding to a second fire in a week without reliable radio communication.
Firefighters take on fire in Montgomery
“We used a home owner’s cellphone from down the street to call central and request mutual aid,” said Capt. Joe Zartarian of the Montgomery Fire Department.
Firefighters relied on a neighbor instead of their own radio communication.
No one was hurt in the two-story home on West Hill in Montgomery.
“I needed manpower, I needed more water coming from Enosburgh, Richford, Berkshire. Couldn’t even get to central,” Zartarian said.
Service isn’t great in that area and communication continues to be a problem.
“The radio system is so bad here, the pages you just can’t understand something,” Montgomery Fire Chief Bill Baker told us in early August when a fire ripped through 18 units of a condo complex in Westfield.
No one was hurt in the Westfield fire, but first responders say it could have been handled more efficiently. Firefighters say they need a solution before this happens again.
“We keep being told it’s going to be fixed and it needs to be fixed,” Zartarian said.
Firefighters credit one of the homeowners at the Montgomery house for attempting to extinguish the fire before they got there.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.