June Fire Dept. Newsletter

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Well it appears that warmer weather is finally here….no wait it’s gone again….oh here it comes again, darn Idaho weather! With the temperature outside on the rise it may be a good idea to talk about heat related illnesses and how to avoid them. Heat related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke affect thousands of people each year in the United States. These conditions are caused by your body’s inability to cool itself from the extreme heat you have been exposed to. So here are a few tips to help you stay cool during this upcoming warmer months;

  • Stay hydrated: drink plenty of fluids(water and sports drinks are best), avoid very sugary and alcoholic drinks as they will cause your body to lose more of your much needed fluids.
  • Use Sunscreen: sunburns affect your body’s ability to cool down and can cause dehydration, also don’t forget to reapply that sunscreen.
  • If you plan to exercise or exert yourself outdoors, try to do so in the morning or evening when the temperatures are lower.
  • Certain groups are at a higher risk of suffering from a heat related illness and include; infants and children 4 and under, people 65 years of age and older, people who are overweight, and people who have a preexisting condition-such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or who take certain medications.

If you suspect you or someone you know is showing signs of a heat related illness immediately move to a cool place, hydrate and continue to monitor for a change in symptoms. If someone has a high body temperature, hot, red or dry skin, is nauseous, confused or experiences loss of consciousness (faints) seek medical attention immediately and attempt to cool the individual using cool cloths or a cool bath. Idaho summer weather only lasts a short while, make the most of it and avoid these heat related illnesses!

The month of May also brought us the annual Hot Drills at the Salt Lake Airport. These drills are a live fire exercise specifically designed to mimic an aircraft crash. All Twin Falls Fire Department Drivers are required to participate in these drills because they will be the first to respond to any incidents on the airport grounds. This training provides us with the skills and know-how to quickly and effectively extinguish aircraft fires and perform rescue operations in the event an aircraft accident occurs. These live fire drills, performed in a controlled environment, help us critique our techniques and see just what our equipment is capable of doing without actually having a fire in a real passenger aircraft. The Hot Drills as usual went off without a hitch, all our boys performed well, and we are looking forward to next year’s training.

Firefighter Kyle Eldridge was awarded his Firefighter Level II certificate this past month at the May 14th Council meeting. The requirements that Kyle had to complete to achieve this certificate are no short order. They include becoming an EMT, completing a 16 hour Hazardous Materials Operations course, a 40 hour Building Construction course, a 16 hour Fire Cause Determination course, an 8 hour Extrication Operations course and a 16 hour Incident Command System course. Now these courses and training hours are in addition to completing the required book work for the Firefighter Level II program and the final written exam and practical skills evaluation. Kyle did an excellent job working his way through this certification process and is now able to better assist the citizens of our community in their time of need. Good job Carl…I mean Kyle!!

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