As this is the time of the year when folks set out to decorate their homes for Christmas, I thought that I would share a few reminders to keep you and your home safe. Every year, a tragic accident or fire occurs during this time of the year. My... Read more
There have been three apartment fires in our area in about 72 hours. An apartment building is built to house multiple families. Most apartment buildings are outfitted with a sprinkler system, designed to extinguish or keep the fire in check, while building occupants have the opportunity to escape. The... Read more
I recently heard that a friend of mine was dealing with the aftermath of a fire in his home. The fire involved a sofa that caught fire, as a result of a child playing with a lighter or matches. I have written about this subject, on numerous occasions. My... Read more
Whether it be juvenile firesetting, near drowning or children left in a car, each of these results from a lack of parental supervision. For the youngest child, it is easy to see the need for parental supervision. Parenting is a 24/7 job, with minimal time for you. Moms and... Read more
It was 80 degrees on Oct. 31, but cold temperatures are coming. It was supposed to be at or around freezing on Sunday morning, Nov. 3. Whether we are ready for cold weather or not, our heating systems must be ready, or we will literally be left in the... Read more
In the past couple of weeks, fire units have responded to a number of fire incidents, but there are two that I want to focus on. The first fire occurred in a crawl space involving a hot water heater. The second fire occurred in an attic. The attic and... Read more
Bow season began on the first Saturday in October. With hunting season upon us, we must make every effort to take all of the necessary safety precautions. I always thought that I was a safe hunter until a tree stand broke underneath me in November 2002 on the second... Read more
A pleasant surprise
Pictured is the original “War Wagon,” one of the best shifts that I had the privilege of working. However, the reason for the card is the little girl, Angela Roddy, is with us. This little girl lived close to the fire station and used to ride her bike by... Read more
Oct. 6-12 is Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is: “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.” This year’s emphasis is on the life-saving actions of families who develop a home escape plans and practice them with everyone living in their home. Evidence shows that... Read more
Medical calls constitute 80-to-85 percent of responses for fire departments that do both fire and ems service. In other words, 8 to 8.5 out of every 10 calls are medical in nature. As the population increases and ages, the number of calls for service increases. I can remember, in... Read more