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Firefighter News - March 2016

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Firefighter News - March 2016

Focus on Fire Safety: Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms are a very important means of preventing home fire fatalities by providing an early warning signal so you and your family can escape. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 385,500 fires occur in residential buildings every year resulting in 2,770 civilian deaths and 13,250 injuries. When a smoke alarm sounds, it is time for you to spring into action.

You can prevent tragedy simply by testing and maintaining your smoke alarms and practicing a fire escape plan. Make sure your home fire escape plan is up to date and everyone in the home knows what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. A proper escape plan should include more than one way to get out of the house and where to meet if you get separated. Make sure to practice your plan often so everyone in the house knows what to do.

RUSSIAN RIVER FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

Daylight savings begins on March 13 so remember to set your clocks forward. Time changes area a great way to remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Remember, smoke detectors save lives!

We’ve completed our activity report for 2015. We responded to a total of 1,677 incidents including 52 fires or explosions, 1,141 medical calls or vehicle accidents, 67 hazardous conditions, 79 public assists or complaints, 22 false calls, and 316 good intent calls. Thank you to our intern firefighters and volunteers for their dedication and hard work throughout the year.

Our first group of Russian River Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members has almost completed their training program. The training has consisted of 8 Saturdays where they have learned fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. If you’re interested in helping your community during a disaster, please visit www.russianriverfire.org/cert for more information.

The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be on March 9th at 6pm at the fire station. We hope you’ll consider attending.

Visit us on line at www.russianriverfire.org.

GRATON FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

Dryer Fires – Every year, we respond for fires in clothes dryers. They are caused by a buildup of lint underneath the drum. Every year, more than 16,000 fires are sparked by dryers. That accounts for almost 5% of all house fires! While the lint screen captures most of the lint, smaller particles pass through and build up on the bottom of the dryer... and the dryer duct vent. Most people don’t realize that the area underneath the drum is open to the air flow and lint collects here even faster than it collects in the dryer duct. Over time, enough collects to catch fire due to the heating element... whether gas or electric. Check your owner’s manual about the best way to access this area and clean it out (make sure you unplug the dryer first). Also make sure that the dryer duct vent is cleaned regularly – this will save money as clothes will dry faster.

BODEGA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

Benefiting Bodega Volunteer Fire Department and Bodega Bay Firefighters Association along with 20 other local non-profits the 43rd Annual Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival is happening April 9-10th 2016 at Westside Park in Bodega Bay. More info: www.bbfishfest.org