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Firefighter News -March 2017

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Firefighter News - March 2017

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.


Daylight savings begins on March 12 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!

The Russian River Firefighter’s Association recently received a new Zodiac inflatable boat to replace our aging equipment. Crews are training on the new equipment and awaiting a few more items before placing it into service. The funds for this purchase were received through several fundraisers and benefits held throughout the past couple of years. Thank you!

The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be on March 8th at 6pm at the fire station. We hope you’ll consider attending.

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Firefighter Promotions

Congratulations to Scott Fisher who was promoted to Deputy Chief! Scott is also celebrating 30 years on the department – Thank you for your service! Robert Sabrowsky has been promoted to Assistant Chief – Great Job! He has volunteered at Graton Fire for 19 years. Taylor Marshall is now qualified to drive all of our engines and completed the classroom training to be promoted to Engineer – Way to go! Thank you to all three for your community service as well as the 25 other volunteer firefighters at Graton Fire.


The Bodega Bay Fire Protection District is proud to Commend the actions of the following individuals and agencies: Captain Louis Stoerzinger, FF/Medic Marco Barros, FF/Medic Jacob Reding, FF/Medic Josh Menzies, FF/Medic Urban Anderson, FF/EMT Nate Buck, FF/EMT Michael Porter, FF/EMT Emily Scott, State Park Ranger Alexis L. Jones, Bodega Volunteer Fire Department, and the Monte Rio Fire Protection District. These commendations stem from a vehicle accident with fire.  The vehicle plunged about 60 feet down a cliff off highway One and caught fire upon impact.  The victim was successfully removed from the beach using a rope rescue system and transported to the Hospital.

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Be safe!