Fire Department

 

B.W.T.F.D. Roster

 
 
Fire Chief: #31 Jeff Westall

Assistant Chief: #32 Brent Gillis

Deputy Cheif: #33 Chad Gallahan

Captain: #34 Jim Cooper

Captain: #35 Jason Westall

Captain: #36 Chris Vetter

Lieutenant: #37 Mike Wollenweber

Lieutenant: #38 Hayden Neitzke

Lieutenant: #39 Kramer Stoneman



 

Fire Prevention Tips

 

BEFORE A FIRE
The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your property in the event of a fire:

SMOKE ALARMS AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

  • Install smoke alarms. Properly working smoke alarms decrease your chances of dying in a fire by half.
  • Place smoke alarms on every level of your residence, including the basement.
  • Install a working carbon monoxide detector in the common area of the bedrooms.
  • Test and clean smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year. Replace smoke alarms once every 10 years.

COOKING SAFETY

  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Always wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook.
  • Keep towels, pot holders and curtains away from flames
  • Never use the range or oven to heat your home.

ESCAPING THE FIRE
Have an escape plan. Review escape routes with your family.

  • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut.
  • Teach family members to stay low to the floor, where the air is safer, when escaping from a fire.
  • In high-rise, never lock fire exits or doorways, halls or stairways. Never prop stairway or other fire doors open.

HEATING SOURCE

  • Place space heaters at least three feet away from flammable/combustible materials.
  • Use only the type of fuel designated for your space heater.

MATCHES/LIGHTERS AND SMOKING

  • Keep matches/lighters away from children.
  • Never smoke in bed or when drowsy or medicated.
  • If you must smoke, do it responsibly.

ELECTRICAL WIRING

  • Inspect extension cords for frayed or exposed wires or loose plugs
  • Make sure outlets have cover plates and no exposed wiring.
  • Make sure wiring does not run under rugs, over nails, or across high traffic areas.
  • Do not overload extension cords or outlets.

ASK THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO INSPECT YOUR HOME FOR FIRE SAFETY AND
PREVENTION

DURING A FIRE

If your clothes catch on fire, you should:
Stop, drop, and roll until the fire is extinguished.
DO NOT PANIC

Do not assume someone else already called the fire department get out of the house then call the Fire
Department.

ESCAPE A FIRE
Check closed doors with the back of your hand to feel for heat before you open them.
If the door is hot do not open it. Find a second way out, such as a window. If you cannot escape
through a window, hang a white sheet outside the window to alert firefighters to your presence.
Stuff the cracks around the door with towels, rags, bedding or tape and cover vents to keep smoke
out.
If there is a phone in the room where you are trapped, call the fire department again and tell them
exactly where you are.
If the door is cold slowly open it and ensure that fire and/or smoke is not blocking your escape
route. If your escape route is blocked, shut the door and use another escape route.

If clear, leave immediately and close the door behind you. Be prepared to crawl.

AFTER A FIRE
Once you are out of the building, STAY OUT! Do not go back inside for any reason.
If you are with a burn victim or are a burn victim yourself call 911, cool and cover your burns until
emergency units arrive.
If you are a tenant contact the landlord.
Tell the fire department if you know of anyone trapped in the building.
Only enter when the fire department tells you it is safe to do so.

FIRE SAFETY IS YOUR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITYÖFIRE STOPS
WITH YOU!


 

Kid Safety

 

Have you ever wondered what you would do if there were a fire in your home? I have. Here are some important prevention and safety tips.

Be Smart

  1. Donít touch matches. Stay away from lighters and candles, too.
  2. Donít touch radiators or heaters. Ask a grown-up to turn a heater on or off for you. Donít stand too close to a fireplace or wood stove, either.
  3. Donít play with electrical cords. And donít stick anything into an electrical socket.
  4. Donít play around in the kitchen. If you want to cook something, be sure to check with a grown-up first.
  5. Donít put anything over a lamp. Things thrown over a lamp (like blankets or clothing) could catch fire.

Be Prepared

  1. Make an escape plan. Work with your family to plan how to get out of your home if there is a fire.
  2. Plan two ways out of every room. The first way out should be a door.
  3. Choose a meeting place. Pick a safe and easy-to-remember spot outside your home where you will meet your family after you get out.
  4. Practice! Every escape path needs to be planned and practiced with grown-ups.
  5. Test smoke alarms. Help grown-ups remember to test smoke alarms monthly and to put in new batteries twice a year when the clocks change.

If there is a fire:

Be Safe

  1. Get out fast! When you hear the loud beep of the smoke alarm, get out of the house. Never hide or take time to grab your belongings or pets.
  2. Follow your escape plan. After all, youíve been practicing!
  3. Feel a door before you open it. If it is hot, there may be fire on the other side. Try to get out another way.
  4. Stay low to the floor. Since smoke rises, the safest air for breathing is down low.
  5. Call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Be sure to do this after you get out of the house. Remember: Only call 9-1-1 if there is a real emergency.
  6. Stay out! Once youíre out, stay out. Donít go back for anything!

And Remember

Stop, Drop, and Roll.If your clothing catches fire, remember to stop where you are and drop to the ground. Cover your face and mouth with your hands, and roll over and over until the flames are out.

From the United States Fire Administrationís Kids Page, and some from the National Fire Protection Association Web site. You can talk to your parents or teachers about fire safety, too. I also learned a lot from some third graders who interviewed four of their local firefighters. They even sent me some great pictures. Check them out!


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