August Fire Dept. Newsletter

Well the heat is here and it doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon. Hot weather and low precipitation can make for some prime fire danger conditions, luckily we haven’t had any major brush fires in our area yet this season and fingers crossed it stays that way. TFFD did however recently lend a hand to neighboring departments who did experience some brush fires in their area. Along with helping out the neighbors and responding to a variety of emergency calls in our own area, we were still able to get in a little training this past month.

Speaking of fire dangers, here is an update on Fire Restrictions around the state: Currently there are Level II Fire Restrictions in Shoshone, Benewah, Boundry, and Bonner Counties. At this time there are no restrictions for central and southern Idaho, but that could change rather quickly. So if you are planning on doing some camping or other outdoor recreational activity in the near future it may be a good idea to check to make sure that the area you plan to travel to is not under any restrictions. Also there are different levels of restrictions and each level contains different stipulations that must be followed to ensure proper fire safety practices are taken. All of this information and more can be found using the above link.

July brought vehicle extrication and rope training for the fire department. All three shifts participated in a vehicle stabilization and extrication training session this past month. Stabilizing a vehicle is one of the most important steps taken prior to using our extrication tools on the vehicle.  An unstable vehicle could roll, slid, or move in another manner, causing further harm to the patients and putting firefighters in compromising situations. Being proficient at this skill is crucial to ensuring a positive outcome at these critical scenes, plus the training is fun.  Also this past month the Rescue Team performed some training with Magic Valley Paramedics near the Perrine Bridge. This type of training is very important to help both teams work together seamlessly during a rescue situation. We also take note of each other’s equipment and how it can be integrated while building rope systems.  And again this training is also pretty fun, plus at these training sessions we get to hang out with the medics in a non-emergency environment.

The Twin Falls Fire Fighters Association will hold its annual “Fill the Boot” MDA Fundraiser on August 3rd. They'll be at the intersection of Locust and Addison all day long trying to fill up their boots with donations. All money collected goes to help patients and their families who suffer from muscular dystrophy or another related muscular disease. Funds raised stay in southern Idaho and help pay for things like new wheelchairs, medicine, doctor visits, and to help make patients' homes more accessible for them. So if you feel like helping out swing by on August 3rd and drop some spare change in a boot. Hope to see you there!

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