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Firefighter News - October 2016


Firefighter News - October 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.

Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.

As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

• Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

• Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.

To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

Read on for more great information.


Oct 1 ~ Bodega Bay Volunteer Fire Dept - McCaughey Hall - 17184 Bodega Hwy. Downtown Bodega. 5p-8p - Italian Style Polenta topped with Beef Stew and Cheese, Served with Salad, and a roll. Adults $15.00 and Children $10.00 Wine and Beer for Sale. For more Info: 707-876-9438

Nov 25 & 26  ~ Bodega Volunteer Fire Annual Holiday Crafts Fair - Local artisans present a wonderful assortment of handmade items and the legendary Quilt Raffle entices many takers. Free Fri: 10a- 5p & Sat: 10a-4p at the Historic Firehall in Bodega, 510 Hwy 1, Bodega

Bodega Bay FPD’s annual “Night at the Fire Station” (Our Pre-Fire Prevention Week Event) will be held Friday October 7, from 5:30pm to 8pm.  Come join us for fun, food, fire prevention and life safety.

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Read on for many great ideas provided by your local fire agencies.

Forestville Fire

Heat It Up 

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. 

Common sense can prevent a heater fire. 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. Only burn dry seasoned wood, never rubbish. 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.


Oct 30 ~ Annual Firemen\'s Pancake Breakfast  - 8a - 11a Pancakes, Sausage and Eggs. $10/Adult & $5. / Kids Mimosas and Bloody Mary\'s for $5 each. followed by…

  • Biggest Pumpkin Contest
  • Scarecrows ~ Downtown wineries and restaurants open
  • Silent auction ~ Geyserville Heritage Row
  • 50s music in the streets ~ Food and craft booths
  • Children’s games ~ Mexican Plaza
  • Fun for the Whole Family!

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Lake County Fire Response… Again 

Along with many other Sonoma County fire engines, Graton responded to the Clayton Fire in Lake County again and defended many homes throughout Lower Lake and the rest of the County. Fortunately, it was nowhere near as devastating as last year.

Halloween Spaghetti Dinner – Graton Fire Station 

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.  After leaving the firehouse for more candy, 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... 

The many local wildland fires should remind everyone not to burn... but the cooler weather may have given some thoughts about backyard burning. 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.

Rancho Adobe - Covering Cotati, Pengrove, Liberty Valley

Oct 1 ~ Fire and Suds Music Festival - Penngrove Park, 11800 Main St. Penngrove - 1p -5p - $15 advance; $20 at the door. Ages 10 and under FREE. Tickets at or at JavAmore Café, 10101 Main St., Penngrove. - Enjoy an afternoon of  music in the shady park. Bands include Twang Ditty (vintage country), Jack The Midnight (Hard Rock/Ska/Reggae) and Osito (Alternative rock/Indie rock) with the party continuing on at the Twin Oaks Roadhouse, 5745 Old Redwood Hwy., with the band American Honey. Local food and craft beer will be sold.

Russian River Fire

Fire season continues until we have a significant amount of rain, usually until around the middle of November, and the driest part is now. It is very important to remember that open burning is prohibited until fire season is declared over. 

As fall approaches the nights get colder, now is a good time to have chimneys cleaned and inspected. If you have a space heater, remember to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for use and be aware of combustible materials around the heaters. 

As a reminder, the Russian River Fire Protection District Board of Directors will hold their next meeting on October 12th at 6pm at the fire station at 14100 Armstrong Woods Rd in Guerneville. We hope you’ll consider attending.

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 Oct 9 ~ Annual Pancake Breakfast! -  The Sebastopol Volunteer Firefighters cordially invite you and your family to breakfast! Sunday, October 9, 2016,7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. At the Sebastopol Fire Dept. Breakfast is FREE! Raffle Tickets available at the door! A portion of raffle proceeds help to provide:

• Fire Prevention Education for children • Scholarships for High School grads

entering Public Safety fields • Training for Sebastopol Firefighters

• Equipment purchases to improve our Service to the Community

• Support to youth sports through sponsorships

Oct 6 ~ Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held October 6th at the Elks Lodge in Petaluma call into 762-2005

Russian River Community Emergency Response Team second training session on the weekend of October 21st (all day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday).  

To further that effort, the Russian River Community Emergency Response Team will be holding its second training session on the weekend of October 21st (all day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday).  The training will take place at the Russian River Fire Protection District fire station, located on Armstrong Woods Road across from the Guerneville Library.  This training event is open to all interested River community residents (Forestville, Rio Nido, Guerneville, Monte Rio, Duncan Mills and Cazadero) and interested emergency personnel. Please respond to the following email address if you plan to attend:

In west Sonoma County, there has been a recognition of the value of having a local community CERT program.  The Russian River Fire Protection District (RRFPD) recognized that there was a need in the River area for an active CERT program and in 2015, directed staff to create a CERT program.  The Russian River Community Emergency Response Team (RRCERT) is sponsored and overseen by the Russian River Fire Protection District and certified its first group of Russian River CERT team members earlier this year.  This CERT program is not intended to be a firefighting unit or to replace first responders, but designed to train community members to first help themselves and their family, immediate neighbors, and then the community-at-large until professional responders become available. The Russian River CERT volunteers can also be used to support first responders in emergencies/disasters.