October 2019 Fire Dept. Newsletter

October is here, the leaves are turning, the days are colder, and it’s time for Fire Prevention Week. This campaign of fire prevention was established in remembrance of the Great Chicago fire that occurred October 8th thru the 10th in 1871, which took the lives of more than 250 people and left at least 100,000 homeless. Fire Prevention Week this year is celebrated October 7th thru the 14th and this year’s message is “Look, Listen, Learn; Be Aware Fire can Happen Anywhere!” This year we hope to reinforce why it is so important to practice prevention in your home. So here are a few tips to get you started by following this year’s theme:

Look: Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire related injuries. Smoking still ranks at the top of the list for leading causes of home fire deaths. Heating equipment is involved in one in every five home fire deaths. So here are a few crucial areas to look at first when thinking about fire prevention.

Listen: Listen for the sound of the smoke detector. When you hear it get outside immediately. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet. Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in homes without smoke alarms or with disconnected or inoperable smoke alarms.

Learn: Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter. Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room.

Practice your home fire drill at least twice year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

So now that you have these helpful tips go home and put this year’s theme to work for you. In doing so you will create a safer environment for you and those most important to you. Also if you would like to learn more about fire prevention within your home, there will be two Open House events at our down town station. They will be held on October 9th and 11th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Activities include; Touring the Fire Station, Free Blood Pressure Checks, Getting to Meet Sparky the Fire Dog, Signing up for Smoke Detectors to be Installed in your Home at no Cost, and of course Free Fire Safety Information. Plus there will be pizza, punch, cookies and yogurt, so come get a free dinner and free information.

Firefighters Joe Renaldi and Jesse Killinger were awarded their Firefighter Level II certificates this past month at the September 24th Council meeting. The requirements that these gentlemen 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. Both fellas did an excellent job working their way through this certification process and are now able to better assist the citizens of our community in their time of need. Good job boys!!

This past month the Fire Department both gave and received mutual aid for large fire incidents. When we called for help multiple agencies came without hesitation to lend a hand in our time of need. The fire that occurred in downtown Twin Falls had the potential to cause devastating damage to multiple businesses and properties, but thanks to the help from our neighboring departments, the fire was contained to the building of origin. Then towards the end of the September, we were able to return the favor and sent two crews to Buhl to help out with a large fire in their city. We were very appreciative of the help we received and glad to lend a hand when called upon.

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