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Clancy VFD Introduces New Cadet Program

Clancy fire fighter – and former department Chief – Nic Bair has begun a new program to build youth  interest in the Clancy Volunteer Fire Department and in general fire protection science. The Clancy VFD Cadet program was approved by CVFD membership this past fall. Nic has developed this effort over several years, working on an idea he shared with former Clancy Chief Brent Farrell. The program is aimed at both boys and girls, ages 14-17, interested in learning the methods used in modern fire fighting, as well as the everyday tasks involved in maintaining an active department.

“The Cadet program is designed to enable kids who are interested in the CVFD to be able to take part in some department events and training. Then when they turn 18 they become active members which is great for the department,” Nic said. “Brent and I started talking about this 5 years ago, but never moved forward with the idea. Then about a year ago my son Dominic was showing interest so I spoke with  Chad (current Clancy Chief Parks) and decided to move forward with the program.”

Although the cadets cannot participate in actual emergency incidents, they can learn how fire fighters respond in specific cases, how equipment is used and maintained, how fire fighters train, and the other non-incident duties fire departments are involved with, such as school visits, public ceremonies and memorial events.

Nic tells us, “Cadets can help in the department in many ways, For instance (Nic's son) Dominic is in charge of accountability tags at meetings to help us train to turn in our tags and pick them up every time we are at any department event. The cadets help and are included in most training's.”

The Cadet program isn't easy. In addition to the fire department duties, Cadets must also adhere to other standards. “The cadet must maintain a "C" average in school to become and stay a Cadet, we must have written approval from parents or legal guardians. We are an equal opportunity department,” Nic added.

The Cadet program may appear unique to this area, but Nic called upon many resources to help develop the program. “I don't want to say I developed the program myself, I used templates from many other departments throughout the country to develop the mission statement for the CVFD. Cadet programs seem to be very popular in the East.”

The Clancy Volunteer Fire Department shares Nic's optimism and vision for the future. The motion to ratify the Cadet program passed unanimously this past fall, and plans are currently being developed on how to best use this great new resource. Nic Bair has ideas: “My hope for the future is for the program to become an important part of recruitment for the department. Young folks with new ideas and technological knowledge are very important for a successful future.”


The Clancy Volunteer Fire Department must sadly report the passing of one of our veterans. Bill Gruber, a Clancy fire fighter for over 40 years, died quietly in his sleep among family on January 12th. The department extends their sincere sympathies and condolences to his wife Vicki and all of Bill's friends and family. We will miss your friendship and guidance on the fire lines, Bill. Rest in Peace.

Bill Gruber

Bill Gruber


December 2015: A Message to all Active and Retired Clancy Firefighters and their Spouses:
You are invited to our 1st annual Social Gathering. It is a NO Host gathering at the Legal Tender in Clancy at 5:30PM on on next Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 2015.No reservations or RSVPs are required and the appropriate dress is casual. it’s simply an opportunity to get together and enjoy each other’s company going into this Holiday season. IF you have any question please call Joe at 933-5759. We hope to see you there.

OCTOBER 2015: Jefferson County Fire Officials have removed all fire restrictions put in place  this past June. On behalf of all Jefferson County fire fighters, the Clancy Volunteer Fire Department wishes to thank our residents and visitors this summer for their care and caution with fire.

Clancy VFD would like to remind everyone that Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00am Sunday, November 1st, 2015. The end of Daylight Savings Time is an excellent time to replace the batteries and check all of the smoke and gas detectors in your home. Test each one, and make certain your family knows where they are and what the sounds mean. Change the batteries at least annually. Refresh your family's escape routes and meeting places. And, always be careful with fire!

Debris Burning Poster





Inside the Fire Hall: The Costs of Outfitting a Fire Fighter

Each year, residents of the Clancy Fire District are assessed a small fee on their property taxes to help fund firefighting operations provided by Clancy VFD. A common question asked of CVFD is how the money is used. The answer includes many different expenses, including insurance, vehicle upkeep, and maintaining properly trained and equipped fire fighters. This discusses just some of the equipment and costs associated with allowing a person to engage in fire and rescue activities.

Clancy VFD Equipment Officer Bob Johnson assembled a similar display to the photo above for the 2014 Annual Clancy Days festivities earlier this year. The picture above shows a Clancy fire fighter with full structure fire “turnouts”. This is what every fireman is required to be wearing when responding to emergency incidents. These types of incidents could include house fires and vehicle accidents. As you see, just the basic equipment for one fire fighter is nearly $2,000. This doesn’t include a radio – also required for responses – which costs about $1500, but can also be used on wild land fires. Those fires require different equipment, described later.

Before a person can respond to emergencies, they also must pass basic, accredited firefighting courses, and maintain at least 30 hours of certified training each year. Many of these classes are offered free, or at lowered costs, but others can be expensive. All outside training is paid for by the department, after approval, and Clancy VFD offers training opportunities each month at the local fire halls.

Which brings the another major department expense: Clancy VFD maintains two fire halls, each fully outfitted with a structure truck, a water tender, and at least one brush truck. Two stations allows CVFD to provide aid to both neighboring fire departments, Jefferson City and Montana City, while still leaving protection for the Clancy Fire District. And notice in the photo above the truck behind the firefighter. CVFD has 7 active trucks, which all must be fueled and maintained throughout the year. These are not ordinary trucks – each has specialized pumps and equipment including air tanks for breathing (SCBA’s), hose valves and connectors, axes, shovels, and other tools.

CVFD mas a roster of 27 fire fighters, all equipped and trained. Members regularly train on the trucks, making sure that if they have to respond to an incident in your area, the actions taken will be effective and professional.

Later: Wild Land Fire Protection Requires Different Expenses




1Q2Q 2014 Incident Chart

Incident Totals Rise Slightly in 2014

The Clancy Volunteer Fire Department responded to slightly more incident calls in the first six months of the year than in prior years. The number of incidents the department responded to between January and June was 22 – 19 responses in the Clancy Fire District, and 3 Mutual Aid calls. This compares to 16 in district calls at the same point last year, and 9 Mutual Aid requests, and 18/7 in the first half 2012.

Official statistics filed in the national fire reporting system (NFIRS) show a reduction in the number of medical assist calls this year, but an alarming increase in vehicle accidents. CVFD responded to 2 structure fire incidents, and a vehicle fire in the first 6 months of 2014. They also responded to 11 “hazardous conditions” calls, which included car accidents and gas leaks.

All fire fighters, including Clancy’s volunteers, are trained to respond to many types of emergencies. For instance, CVFD is called to all vehicle accidents and gas leaks because of the potentially hazardous conditions. The local fire department frequently provides traffic control on highways where an incident has occurred. CVFD is equipped with gas spectrometers which can measure the presence of natural gas and other invisible poisons. Each fire fighter is also trained in the use of the Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) which detects hidden sources of heat. The TIC is often used after a fire is extinguished to ensure no ‘hot spots’ exist behind walls and floors. 

Although the incident totals for the first half of 2014 are encouraging, the Clancy Volunteer Fire Department continues to urge caution with fire to residents of the district. Hot, dry conditions will most likely persist for some time, and the recent winds and lightning have contributed to high fire danger conditions. Working together, we can all make it safely through this fire season.


Chick Bruce - Clancy VFD Fire Fighter of the Year

CVFD Names  Charles “Chick” Bruce Fire Fighter of the Year for 2013

During the Annual Fire Fighter’s Dinner held in late April at the Montana City Grill, Clancy Chief Chad Parks made a point of identifying members who contribute beyond the fire lines. For instance, Equipment Officer Bob Johnson ensures all the tools and supplies firemen need are stocked and ready. Treasurer Bert Obert spends a great deal of time working on insurance and fiscal matters.
Added Chief Parks, “For his work behind the scenes, filing reports, managing the web site, and writing our newsletters, the department has selected Chick Bruce as the Fire Fighter of the Year”.
Chick joined Clancy VFD in 2008 as a very raw rookie fire fighter with much to learn. As he trained and learned to put out fires, he was able to contribute to the department with other skills. He files all of the official incident reports, maintains the CVFD web site, reports statistics during each business meeting, and writes all CVFD press releases and newsletter articles.
“We know about the guys who work on the fires,” said Chief Parks, “but just as important are the ones who give their time and energy into keeping this department working and functional. We don’t always see them in action, but we appreciate their work”.