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Firefighter News - October 2015


Firefighter News - October 2015

October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week

Keep your family safe with a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep? If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half! The key message of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 4-10, is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms. NFPA is excited to share this important information so everyone better understands the life-saving value of home smoke alarms.

Free Curbside Chipping Service

Sonoma County Fire is providing a free curbside chipper service to residents who are engaged in making their property more wildfire safe. In the event of a wildfire, having 100 feet or more of defensible space has been clearly demonstrated to help save homes. Likewise, thinning vegetation on access roads can make it safer for residents and firefighters. We hope that our free chipper service will help residents dispose of woody debris and assist in creating beautiful, healthy, and “firewise” landscapes around homes and on roadsides. This program will run till mid November 2015.

Please contact us with any questions about the program at (707) 565-6070.


Polenta Dinner, Saturday, October 3, 2015. 5pm to 8pm. $15 Adults, $8 Children.


In an effort to help the victims of all the Lake County Fires, BBFPD has established itself as a coastal drop off site for donations to help in the recovery effort. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the recent fires.

BBFPD is excited to announce a benefit concert to be held at the SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park on November 15. Profits to benefit Bodega Bay Fire and the Victims of the Lake County Fires. Diamond Rio, Joe Diffie, and McKenna Faith will provide the entertainment. We wish to thank Ron and Carolyn Kirk for their efforts to put this all together. Go to for more information.

Don’t forget to come by the firehouse on October 2 starting at 5:30. It is our annual fire prevention week kickoff with a night at the firehouse. Come on by for some bbq hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, home fire safety tips, and much more…

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As the nights get longer and our evening get cooler, we will find ourselves firing up all of our heating appliances and starting fires in our fire places. 

All heating systems can start fires if not used and maintained properly. Heating your home during the colder months of the year can prove dangerous, if you do not follow a few simple safety precautions.

Check baseboard heaters often to remove objects that have fallen on top of or near the heater. Remember that any time objects like newspapers, furniture or blankets are close to heaters, a fire can start.

Portable heaters heat up rapidly and, like baseboard heaters, they can easily ignite any flammable item left nearby. Always turn portable heaters off if you leave the room or are going to fall asleep.

When you use your fireplace or wood stove to heat your home, keep the door and or fire screen shut to protect your home from sparks. Garbage and green wood can cause a chimney fire. Remember to have your chimney inspected and serviced before each heating season and change the batteries in your smoke alarms too.


Valley Fire Response

Along with many other Sonoma County fire engines, Graton responded to Lake County and defended many homes throughout Middletown and the rest of the County. Unfortunately, a great number of homes were lost, including some of the local firefighters. CAL FIRE has organized a relief fund for them at its main office in Santa Rosa; call for details – 576.2285.

Halloween Spaghetti Dinner 

We will be giving away candy at the Fire Station at 3750 Highway 116 North. Enjoy the free spaghetti dinner cooked by your favorite volunteer firefighters. Fire engines will be on display as well. Make sure to escort your children, bring a flashlight, wear reflective clothing, use light sticks, and inspect their candy before they eat it.

Backyard Burning – not yet...

CAL FIRE and the County Fire Marshal will not lift the ban on burning until there is at least two inches of rain AND the threat to the wildland decreases. Before burning, always call the firehouse, 823-8400 x105, to see if the ban has been lifted. We will also post it on the highway sign in front of our fire station. Remember, you always need a permit to burn; the applications and instructions are available outside the front door of the firehouse.


Pancake Breakfast, Sunday October 11, 2015. 7am to 12pm.


Oct 7 ~ Changing Hands Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction: Matthew Paille, chef and owner of EPICurean Escape, is teaming up with some of Sonoma County’s finest to put on a fundraising dinner and silent auction at Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg. Buy tickets at eventbrite.

Forestry Crabfeed to set up a fund to help firefighters. Mail checks to the following:
Forestry Crabfeed FF Relief Fund
2210 West College Ave
Santa Rosa, Ca 95401
Attn: Olga Leitch

Redwood Credit Union (RCU) is accepting contributions to assist those impacted by the fires. Make a secure donation online at or at any of RCU’s 16 Bay Area branch locations, and 100% of funds will go directly to aid those impacted by the devastating fires.