In the past couple of months, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department has responded to several complaints of the “Smell of Smoke,” in different areas of town.
It doesn’t matter if the alarm comes in at 4 a.m., 4 p.m. or anywhere in between, the volunteer firefighters gear up and jump into their trucks to look for the source.
One early morning call had them scouring the Dogwood Road area for more than an hour. The fire department officer in command could smell the smoke, but locating the source was another story.
With fire engines fanning out and driving to nearby streets in the immediate area, they used all their senses to try and pinpoint a location, but came up empty and eventually returned to the station houses.
The latest such incident occurred this morning with an alarm going out at 10:34 a.m. for the smell of smoke in the Grassy Hill Road and Derby Milford Road area.
Firefighters searched the surrounding neighborhoods and while they were out, a resident on Wingfoot Road called to say ash was flying into her backyard.
Firefighters continued their investigation, but came up empty.
Finally, at 10:56 a.m. the fire officer in command released all units and the firefighters and apparatus returned to their respective fire stations.
Although this may seem like a non-story to some people, the purpose is to show that the Orange Volunteer Fire Department has dozens of highly trained, dedicated volunteers who are willing to leave the comfort of their homes, and when possible, leave their places of employment to rush out to help Orange residents, no matter what type of call they receive: motor vehicle accidents; structure fires; brush fires; Carbon Monoxide alarms; smells and bells — they are there for you.