Firefighters have been busy over the holidays with 9 working structure fires over the last 10 days. (And a handful of calls that did not result in a structure fire).
Fact: Heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries. Half of home heating fires are reported in the months of December, January and February.
Some tips to help keep you and your family and property safe this winter season:
• Keep generators outside, away from windows.
• Install and test carbon monoxide detectors
• Have your chimney cleaned and inspected every year
• Store cooled ashes in a covered metal container and keep outside 10 ft from your home
• Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn
• Only plug in 1 heat-producing appliance at a time into an electrical outlet
• Never leave candles unattended
• Be on alert and stay in the kitchen while cooking
If you have any doubt about a fire, JUST GET OUT! Close the door behind you and call 9-1-1.
Firefighters are tasked to train for emergencies that can happen in their local environment. In the case of Trumansburg Fire Co, we are surrounded by beautiful cascading lakes that have a tendency to freeze.
Because of this, yearly, we train and certify firefighters to rescue our neighbors from ice water situations. TFD has a fully certified ice water rescue team, ready to act if necessary.
If you want to be a fire fighter, New York State requires you complete BEFO (Basic Exterior Firefighter Operations) with Hazmat. They are offered throughout the year in near-by counties. Stop into the Fire Department for more information!
Next Class: 2/27/18 - 5/22/18
Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations w/ HMFROps
The NYS Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations (BEFO) course is designed to prepare entry-level department members to respond to emergencies as exterior firefighters. This course is designed to accomplish the objectives of OFPC Recommended Best Practices for Fire Department Training, Exterior Firefighter training objectives. Portions of the NFPA 1001 and NFPA 472 will be covered to train the entry level member as an exterior firefighter as defined by OSHA regulation 1910.156 Fire Brigade Standard. Training on OSHA’s 1910.120 Emergency Response to Hazardous Materials regulation, 1910.146 Confined Space Entry regulations (awareness level) and the 1910.147 Control of Hazardous Energy regulation will also be covered during the course.
Successful completion of this course requires that the student complete all portions of the course to include passing the written testing (Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations exam, quizzes and a final exam) with at least a 70% passing grade, successfully demonstrate all associated BEFO skills, and attend all hands-on and testing sessions.
TFC is welcoming our newest member to the family! 1821, will replace our "old" 1821 and is an exquisite KME custom tanker. She includes:
• 100" wide KME Panther MFD
• 10" raised roof
• Cummins ISL9 450 hp
• Allison 3000EVS
• 21,500 lb front axel
• 33,500 lb rear axel
• Hale DSD-125 1250 gpm single stage pump
• 2,000 gallon water tank
• 163"L 3/16" Aluminum body
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