June 2019 Fire Dept. Newsletter

The month of May came and went and with it came a wave of structure fires, Hot Drills in a new location, a facility tour, and the end of a probationary period for one of our members.

The Fire Department has responded to a handful of structure fires the last couple of months. The majority of which started in the kitchen area of the residence. So here are a few safety tips to try and keep your kitchen and home from being damaged:

~If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the oven or other cooking appliance, maybe order a pizza.

~Stay in the kitchen while you are cooking, even if it is just the toaster.

~Don’t allow young children to use cooking appliances and teach them how dangerous the cooking appliances can be.

~Keep anything that can catch fire (oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains) away from your stove-top, remember the stove-top is not counter space.

If you do happen to have a kitchen or cooking fire:

~Just get out and if you can remember, try to close the door behind you to attempt to contain the fire to the kitchen area.

~Call 911 and get the Fire Department responding as soon as you can.

~If you decide to try and fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have an unobstructed exit. Never trap yourself without a good way out.

~Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by placing the lid over the pan, turn off the stovetop, and leave the pan covered until it is cold to the touch.

~For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed until the fire is out.

It is always best to call the Fire department even if it is just a small fire and you think you have it out. We have the ability to check the cooking appliance and surrounding area to ensure the fire did not spread to other kitchen surfaces.

Earlier this month, Firefighter Braden Patterson successfully completed his first year of employment with the Fire Department. This career milestone ends Braden’s Probationary/Rookie period. Braden has proved that he is a very dedicated employee and a contributing member to the department. Braden has shown that he has a great interest in the fire service and a willingness to train and better himself for the good of the department. Braden will remain on B-shift where it appears he is fitting in nicely. Braden and his wife are also expecting their first child soon, so congratulations Braden on making it through your first year and good luck with fatherhood and your firefighting career, we know you’ll do great at both.

Earlier this month, all three shifts were given the opportunity to tour the Amalgamated Sugar Factory on the south end of town. These tours help familiarize members of the fire department with the lay out of the facility and the correct factory personnel to contact upon arrival at an emergency incident. During these tours, we also try and locate potential hazards for firefighters if an incident should occur, areas in the facility that may be a location for a confined space rescue, possible water sources if needed, and best access points for apparatus. We thank the facility personnel that gave us the tour and look forward to working with them in the future to help keep everyone involved safe and informed.

May also brought the annual ARFF Hot Drills. Hot Drills are a required training for all 12 of our driver/operators. This year’s training took place at the Rocky Mountain Emergency Services Training Center in Helena Montana. These Hot Drills are a live fire exercise specifically designed to mimic an aircraft accident. This training provides us with the skills and know-how to quickly and effectively extinguish aircraft fires and perform rescue operations in the event an aircraft accident occurs at our airport. This training helps paint a picture of what we can expect and actions we need to take at an aircraft incident before a real incident occurs, plus the training is pretty fun, too!

That’s about it for this month, and until next time, don't forget to wave to the boys in the BRT.