This information from ReadyPA should help!
As our local college students begin to return to the area, we encourage everyone to remember that safety is a top priority.
This information from ReadyPA should help!
The Gettysburg Fire Department has just been informed that they were awarded second place in the Chief Robert W. Little Jr. Division “A” Memorial Fire Safety Education program.
These awards are presented to the top nine Fire Company/Departments state wide who in the opinion of the Awards Committee have done an outstanding job in Fire Safety Education and Fire Prevention Programs.
The divisions are based upon the total population that the fire companies/departments first response area and is State wide. Division “A” is composed of over 10,000 or more in population. The Award was established in 1982 revised in 2004 and Sponsored by VFIS Inc.
Congratulations to James Fox, Public Safety & Fire Prevention Officer, and all the volunteers of Gettysburg Fire Department. The Department will be recognized at the Firemen’s Association of the State Pennsylvania 2016 State wide meeting in September.
Gettysburg Fire Department Offers Fire Prevention Tips for a Safe and Festive Holiday Season
For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few of us consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. During the holidays, many households engage in activities that serve as some of the leading causes of U.S. home fires, including cooking. Christmas trees, candle usage and holiday decorations also significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires. Add to that the hectic nature of the holidays, when people are trying to accomplish multiple tasks at one time, and the chance for home fires grows even more.
With unattended cooking as the leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire injuries, it is important to stay in the kitchen while you’re frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food. Most cooking fires involve the stovetop, so keep anything that can catch fire away from it, and turn off the stove when you leave the kitchen, even if it’s for a short period of time. If you’re simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking. Gettysburg Fire Department also suggests creating a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food and drinks are prepared or carried.
Candles are widely used in homes throughout the holidays, and December is the peak month for home candle fires. The nonprofit National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) statistics show that two of every five home decoration fires are started by candles. Gettysburg Fire Department encourages residents to consider using flameless candles, which look and smell like real candles. However, if you do use traditional candles, keep them at least 12” away from anything that can burn, and remember to blow them out when you leave the room or go to bed. Use candle holders that are sturdy, won’t tip over and are placed on uncluttered surfaces. Avoid using candles in the bedroom where more than one-third of U.S. candle fires begin or other areas where people may fall asleep. Lastly, never leave a child or pet alone in a room with a burning candle.
According to NFPA, U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 210 home structure fires caused by Christmas trees per year. Three of every ten of them is caused by electrical problems, and one in four result from a heat source that’s too close to the tree.
Gettysburg Fire Department offers the following advice for picking, placing and lighting the tree:
By following these fire prevention tips and measures, Gettysburg Fire Department says you can greatly reduce the risk of fire in your home, and enjoy a safe holiday season. The holidays can quickly turn from joyful to tragic when a fire occurs. By taking simple precautions, people can avoid potential fire hazards, and make this time of year a healthy and happy one.
Sunday, October 4 marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week in the United States, and the Gettysburg Fire Department kicked off the week by holding an open house for everyone in the greater Gettysburg community.
We were proud to welcome several hundred residents and visitors to Company 1. Attendees visited with firefighters, toured the firehouse, fire museum, and apparatus. Also on hand were representatives from many other agencies, including:
Families and children enjoyed handling the hose line and the tricycle obstacle course, and everyone had their fill of free hot dogs and hot chocolate. We would especially like to thank the staff and crew of the LifeLion Medical Helicopter. Their landing, visit, and takeoff were one of the highlights of the day.
We would also like to thank the citizens of Gettysburg and Adams County - you are the reason we volunteer to serve. If you would like more information on becoming a member of Gettysburg Fire Department, we would like to hear from you!
As local children begin their school year, it is important to review fire safety information so they are aware of what to do and are not afraid during fire drills or potential emergency situations.
School is a very fire-safe place to be. Schools conduct fire drills several times a year to be sure everyone in the building knows how to get outside quickly and quietly. A school fire drill may be scheduled and announced in advance so that children can dress appropriately. The element of surprise is not important to practicing the school fire drill. School fire drills must be taken seriously – everyone in the building must participate. Sometimes a school official or the fire department might place a sign in the corridor that reads “smoke”. When the class reaches the sign, they should turn around and use a second way out. It is important to have two ways out of the school. Involve your local fire department in fire drill planning for your school.
Students should know the sound of the fire alarm and respond immediately. Stop everything. Listen for instructions. Go quickly and quietly out of the classroom to the assigned meeting place outside the school for roll call.
Children should respond to the fire alarm no matter where they are in the school. If a child is alone in the media center or bathroom when the alarm sounds, he/she should follow other students outside and report to a trusted teacher or principal to let them know he/she is safe. The teacher or principal will help the child find his or her teacher and classmates.
Gettysburg Fire Department Fire Prevention Coordinator James Fox, along with members Scott McGonigal and Russell McCutcheon, participated in Gettysburg's National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.
This event, part of the National Night Out program, was sponsored by Olde Getty Place.
We provided play fire helmets for kids of all ages, and passed out GFD coloring books with messages of fire safety and prevention to the youth in attendance.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Together, we are making that happen.
We are always glad to spread the message of fire safety, and welcome opportunities to work with members of the greater Gettysburg community to make our community a safer place to live and work.
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