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"Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP." That's right, folks, Fire Prevention Week is coming (October 4th-10th) and this year it's all about smoke detectors. Nearly half of all house fires occur between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. This 8 hour period is also the time when the majority of people are sleeping in their beds. To help more people survive these late night fires, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) would like to see a working smoke detector in every bedroom. They also suggest having a smoke detector outside every sleeping area (hallway) and on every level of the house including the basement.  Detectors should be mounted high on the wall or on the ceiling. Try to avoid mounting them near a bathroom where the steam from a hot shower will cause an activation or in the kitchen where dad's cooking will almost always set it off. We hope these tips come in handy. 

Due to some recent movement within the fire department, another round of promotions has taken place this last month. The hard work and determination of two members of the fire department has paid off and they are now enjoying the benefits of their commitment. Join us in congratulating new Driver/Operator Andy Stephenson and new Fire Captain Josh Kliegl on their new promotions. Both gentlemen are more than capable of stepping up to their new positions and will undoubtedly fill the shoes left by their predecessors. Nice job, fellas, keep up the good work. 

As always with promotions comes a new hire, and lucky candidate is Jesse Killinger. Jesse grew up in Filer and came to us after serving 7 years in the military and in currently a member of the National Guard. Jesse and his wife, Elena, are happy to be a part of the city family. Firefighter Killinger has completed his initial training and has been assigned to B-shift for the time being. 

That's about it for this month, and until next time, don't forget to wave to the boys on the BRT.