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FIRE NEWS is dedicated to providing a community connection to the volunteeers and professionals who serve us all year long. All Sonoma County fire departments are welcome to participate so your community is aware of your service. This is YOUR space. Thank you.

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Bodega Bay Ambulance Fund Bodega Bay Ambulance - Meeting a Funding Challenge
November 1, 2014

By Vesta Copestakes

Back in the spring, Bodega Bay residents were asked to increase their fire service tax assessment to meet budget limitations. At community meetings and on a community internet bulletin board, the issue was hotly debated. The end result was that the ballot measure was rejected. That put the local fire department into a serious financial situation.  

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Firefighter News Web Header Firefighter News -March 2017
March 1, 2017

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.

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Firefighter News Web Header Firefighter News -February 2017
February 1, 2017

Winter Home Heating Fire – Facts 

• 905 people die in winter home fires each year.

• $2,091,000,000 in property loss occurs from winter home fires.

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Firefighter News Web Header Firefighter News -January 2017
January 4, 2017

Holiday Tree Disposal 

Thirty seconds is all it takes for a dry Christmas tree to be consumed by fire. Many people will leave their trees up through the New Year – but fire doesn’t take a holiday. The Sonoma County Fire Prevention Officers Association urges everyone to dispose of their trees as soon as possible, once it begins to show signs of drying out. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), one-third of all Christmas tree fires occur in January. The first rule of tree disposal: Never put the tree or branches in a fireplace or wood burning stove! Sonoma County Waste Management has made it easy to recycle with four options:

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Firefighter News Web Header Firefighter News -December 2016
November 25, 2016

Fire Safety for Seniors

In October, during Fire Prevention Week, the fire service focuses on teaching fire safety to youths. However, older adults (age 65 and older) are more than twice as likely to die in fires than the Nation’s population as a whole. Individuals aged 85 or older are more than four times likely to die in a fire than the general population. Here are some tips to help seniors and their caregivers learn about fire safety.

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Firefighter News Web Header Firefighter News -November 2016
October 26, 2016

Fire Safety for Seniors

In October, during Fire Prevention Week, the fire service focuses on teaching fire safety to youths. However, older adults (age 65 and older) are more than twice as likely to die in fires than the Nation’s population as a whole. Individuals aged 85 or older are more than four times likely to die in a fire than the general population. Here are some tips to help seniors and their caregivers learn about fire safety.

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Firefighter News Web Header Firefighter News - October 2016
September 28, 2016

Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15) (from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA))

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

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Firefighter News Web Header Firefighter News - September 2016
September 1, 2016

Dry Conditions and Increased Fire Activity 
Lead to Burning Suspension 

California’s increased fire activity, coupled with the current weather forecast for continued heightened fire danger, has prompted CAL FIRE to suspend all burning permits and open fire within the State Responsibility Area of California. The Burn Ban suspends all residential burn permits, forest management, hazard abatement, and other industrial-type permitted burning within the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area.

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Firefighter News Web Header Firefighter News - August 2016
August 1, 2016

Dry Conditions and Increased Fire Activity 
Lead to Burning Suspension 

California’s increased fire activity, coupled with the current weather forecast for continued heightened fire danger, has prompted CAL FIRE to suspend all burning permits and open fire within the State Responsibility Area of California. The Burn Ban suspends all residential burn permits, forest management, hazard abatement, and other industrial-type permitted burning within the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area.

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Graton Fire Pancake breakfast fundraiser Sonoma County Firefighter Fundraisers
June 30, 2016

Sonoma County's rural fire departments depend upon volunteer firefighters and fundraisers to fill the gap between county funduing and real expenses. This is a great way to become familiar with what your community fire department does to keep you safe...from putting out fires to storm emergencies and vehicle accidents. Get to know your fire department and help them help you!  

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Firefighter News Web Header Firefighter News - July 2016
June 29, 2016
With spring in full swing, now is the time for homeowners to get "Ready" for a wildfire by maintaining an adequate Defensible Space and by hardening their home by using fire resistant building materials. Defensible Space is the buffer you create by removing dead plants, grass and weeds. Just a few simple steps can help get you and your home "Ready" for a wildfire.  Visit: http://www.readyforwildfire.org 
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Firefighter News Web Header Firefighter News - June 2016
May 25, 2016
With spring in full swing, now is the time for homeowners to get "Ready" for a wildfire by maintaining an adequate Defensible Space and by hardening their home by using fire resistant building materials. Defensible Space is the buffer you create by removing dead plants, grass and weeds. Just a few simple steps can help get you and your home "Ready" for a wildfire.  Visit: http://www.readyforwildfire.org 
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Firefighter News Web Header Firefighter News - May 2016
May 1, 2016

Prepare for an Early Fire Season

As summer approaches, we are asking residents to prepare early this year in creating a defensible space. Here is what you can do to protect your family, home and community.

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Firefighter News Web Header Firefighter News - April 2016
April 1, 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.


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Firefighter News Web Header Firefighter News - March 2016
March 1, 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.


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Julie Atwood teaching a rescue class For the Love of Large Animals - Training for Emergencies
February 4, 2016

Show your love for your community by investing in preparation and supporting training for first responders to help large animals in any kind of emergency.  

Most of us know what to do when there’s an emergency that involves our pets, but what about the large animals that play such an important role in Sonoma County life?

While it’s true that not everyone in the region has horses or livestock, many do.  An emergency involving an animal that weighs hundreds, or thousands, of pounds can create a dangerous situation that can quickly impact others. 

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Firefighter News Web Header Firefighter News - February 2016
February 1, 2016


Winter Home Heating Fires

905 people die and $2 billion in property loss occurs from winter home fires every year. 67 percent of winter fires occur in one- and two-family homes. 

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Drought Tolerant Plants Help Fire Fighters Fight Drought
January 27, 2016
What have your local fire fighters given to you and our community? A sense of security? A helping hand in a time of need? A well-timed bell ring from a shiny engine? Fire Fighters have done a lot for our communities over the years, and now it’s our chance to give something back.
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Firefighter News Web Header Firefighter News - January 2016
January 1, 2016

Preparing for El Niño

El Niño is the warming of ocean currents in the tropical Pacific Ocean. This warmer water increases air moisture and affects weather. When El Niño is active, there is a greater than normal probability of monsoon like rains along the Pacific Coast of California. These rains, if they develop, can result in small urban streams and washes overrunning their banks as well as regional and large scale flooding.

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Open Burn Pile for Agriculture and Yard Debris Sonoma County Open Burning Permits Allowed
November 19, 2015
Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Chief Al Terrell advises that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits in Local Response Area’s (LRA) can now resume burning. Burning may only be conducted on permissible burn days, which are updated regularly on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s website:http://www.baaqmd.gov/permits/open-burn.
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