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Back to School!
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 
Back to School! Fall is here, and with it comes shorter days and the start of the school year. Road travel increases and traffic patterns shift, so this busy time of year can also be a dangerous one − especially for children. Many children rely on walking, riding a bicycle, or catching a school bus or public transportation to travel to and from school. Fewer daylight hours can make it harder for motorists to see these young students. Strengthen your traffic safety knowledge to teach and reinforce your children's pedestrian, bicycle, school bus and/or public transportation safety habits.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 
Volunteer firefighting. What’s in it for you? The benefits of being a volunteer firefighter are many. There’s the technical training and real life skills you’ll receive. The satisfaction of teaching kids and seniors about fire safety. The fact that no two days are ever the same. There’s the immense sense of pride and satisfaction that comes from giving back to your community by doing a vital job. And maybe most important, the camaraderie, the feeling of family, the lasting relationships you’ll build belonging to a team that shares one overriding goal: to be of service to others in their time of greatest need. Specific requirements may vary, but generally speaking, you must be: •At least 16 years of age. •In good physical health. This, of course, is relative to the duties you’ll be called upon to perform. •Of sound moral character and prepared to fill a position of responsibility and trust. While not strictly requirements, experience shows us that successful volunteers are usually caring people who are concerned about their community and enjoy working as part of a team. You should also be the type of person who enjoys being challenged and learning new skills. Service has its rewards. Not only does being a volunteer firefighter give you the opportunity to serve your community in an exciting and fulfilling way, there are also a variety of incentives available from the government, as well as your local fire companies. These may include: •Property tax offsets •State Income Tax Benefits •Free health checkups •Free accident insurance •Tuition Reimbursement (FASNY HELP) •Length of Service Awards Program •Equipment and training provided For details on the benefits available in our community, stop in and speak with someone at our fire station. There will be an Open House on Sunday April 27 from 10 am until 2 pm so stop by and find out what it takes! Email info@dewittfire.org for more information

Call Before You Dig!
Thursday, April 10, 2014 
April marks the start of spring digging season. 811 is using this month to strongly encourage individuals and companies to call before they begin digging. Making this free call helps prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, necessitates a call to 811. There is a perception that 811 is intended only for contractors or commercial jobs. DeWitt Fire responds to numerous residential incidents involving digging strikes to utilities. Installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, building a deck and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting. Many homeowners feel they know where utilities are buried on their property, and many also don’t think they will dig deep enough to come in contact with utility lines, despite the fact that utilities can sometimes be just a few inches below the surface due to erosion and other topography changes. A national public opinion survey of homeowners, conducted in February found that homeowners will call 811 for certain projects, but not for all DIY landscape projects. It is important for homeowners to call 811 for any DIY projects even those as simple as planting shrubs or trees, or installing a pole for a basketball hoop.

Winter Weather Advisory
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 
Yes, we're all seasoned Central New Yorkers who aren't surprised or alarmed by snow in March. However we ask that everyone uses extreme caution and refrain from unnecessary travel and associated risk. County Executive Joanne M. Mahoney has issued a NO UNNECESSARY TRAVEL ADVISORY for Onondaga County. This advisory will take effect at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, and continue until 6:00 am, Thursday, March 13, 2014. The National Weather Service in Binghamton, NY has issued a winter storm warning that projects heavy snow to continue through afternoon and evening hours. Steady and heavy snow is falling and is currently causing poor visibility and hazardous conditions on roads. The snowfall rate is expected to intensify during the afternoon. Winds are also predicted to increase. The County Executive urges all residents to consider completing their travel plans prior to this advisory time period and/or delaying travel on roadways during these conditions. Road crews continue to work to clear the roads and limiting your travel will assist them in their work. Caution is also urged due to the possibility of damages from the heavy snow and winds.

"Spring" Ahead And Change Your Batteries
Friday, March 7, 2014 
It's daylight savings time at 2 am on March 9th, 2014! Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday night. This is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Working smoke detectors is your family's best defense against a devastating house fire. Smoke detectors should be replaced every 8-10 years and carbon monoxide detectors every 5 years. Remind your family and friends change their clocks and change their batteries!

Stay warm & stay safe!
Thursday, February 27, 2014 
With the recent cold snap, fire departments are seeing an increase in chimney fires and alternative heat fires. We would like to remind everyone that late in the heating season, it is important to be mindful of safe operation of fireplace, wood stoves and all heating appliances. Here are some helpful links: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/ofpc/publications/documents/fire-prevention/Chimney.pdf http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/heating/fireplace.shtm

Honorary Hero
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 
Today the DeWitt Fire District has added an honorary hero, Tyler Doohan, to our riding assignment as the "Irons man". Tyler is an 8 year old boy who died in a house fire in Penfield, NY on January 19th. Tyler alerted 6 family members to the fire and was able to get them out of the home to safety. Tyler's grandfather was disabled and unable to get himself out, so Tyler went back in to try and help rescue him. Unfortunately, both Tyler and his grandfather succumbed to the fire. They were both found in a back room, and it appeared as if Tyler was trying to pull his grandfather off of the bed and get him to safety. Tyler will be given full firefighter honors at his funeral today. God speed, young man! You are a hero

Signal 99 in Upper Pebble Hill Neighborhood
Sunday, January 19, 2014 
Engine Cos. 8 and 1, Fayetteville Truck-1 and Manlius Truck-2 responded to a reported structure fire Sunday afternoon. Engine 8 transmitted a Signal 99 shortly after arrival. All occupants escaped safely.

Friday, December 13, 2013 
Join us for Santa Sunday! Santa Sunday will take on a different format this year, and we welcome all community members to the fire station on Sunday December 15 from 10 am until 2 pm. We are also once again collecting donations for the food bank. Non-perishable items fresh food items, new personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies are all needed. We hope to see you!

LeMoyne College Emergency Notification System
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 
As part of ongoing emergency planning and community safety efforts, LeMoyne College has added an enhancement that allows Campus Security to broadcast a warning capable of being heard across campus in the event of an emergency situation. This new component of their emergency notification system will be tested on Wednesday, November 13th at 12:55 p.m. and again on Thursday, November 14th at 12:55 p.m. These tests will consist of a single thirty second siren blast. In addition to members of the LeMoyne campus community, those who live in close proximity of the campus should be aware of this test.

Halloween Tips from UL
Thursday, October 31, 2013 
The UL Halloween Safety Guide and ‘Trick or Treat’ Family Safety Quiz Share:
It’s the scariest night of the year! But with a little attention to safety, you can keep it fun and not frightful. Here are a few tips for you to follow and a quiz to review safety with your kids. Boo!

Don’t Frankenstein Your Lights
When purchasing electrical decorations, make sure to shop at a reputable retailer and look for the UL Mark. Be sure to check the rating on your extension cords and do not plug in more than the recommended wattage. Use special, heavy duty extension cords for high wattage decorations such as fog machines and electrically-powered inflatable decorations.

Inspect Decorations with Fiendish Care
Inspect all of your electric lights and decorations for damage or wear. Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections may pose a fire or shock hazard. Replace damaged light strings with energy-efficient LED lights. Look for a red UL Mark to indicate that lights are certified for both indoor and outdoor use. A green UL mark indicates certification for indoor use only.

Beware of Candles!
Candles, especially in a Jack O’Lantern, should be off the ground and out of children’s reach. Try battery-operated LED candles for an even safer option.

Don’t Trip Up Your Goblins
Halloween costumes should allow full movement for your kids. Costumes that drag, constrict or drape pose a dangerous hazard, especially at night. Check to ensure that costumes don’t restrict your children’s vision, and instruct them to watch out for tripping hazards, such as cords.

Say Boo! to Unsafe Costumes
Be sure to purchase or make costumes out of flame-resistant materials such as nylon or polyester as these specially marked fabrics will resist burning and extinguish quickly. Make sure your child knows to stop, drop and roll in case their costume catches fire.

Be Safe and Bright
Choose costumes that are lighter in color and attach reflective materials to costumes. Make sure each child has a flashlight to help them see and be seen.

Keep Hungry Monsters from Feeding
Never let your kids eat Halloween candy before you inspect it in the light at home. Even if you know your neighbors, you should always check to be safe and throw away open candy or anything that looks at all suspicious.

  For more information visit: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/Safety%20tip%20sheets/halloweensafetytips.pdf

Thursday, October 17, 2013 

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) is the largest national sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). More than 280,000 members of the IAFF in the United States and Canada are pledged to saving lives, both as fire fighters and paramedics and as the strongest campaigners for the worldwide research efforts of MDA to eradicate 40 neuromuscular diseases. The contributions of the fire fighters also go towards MDA’s summer camps for children, professional and public health education, and other programs.

As the greatest contributor to MDA, fire fighters are everywhere in the efforts of MDA to raise money. The IAFF is the biggest sponsor of MDA’s Labor Day Telethon and it contributed a record breaking $23.5 million in year 2006 as a consequence of the overwhelming enthusiasm and contribution of tens and thousands of fire fighters and paramedics across the US and Canada. IAFF members have donated nearly $275 million to MDA since 1954.

The IAFF raised millions of dollars throughout the entire year through their passionate Fill the Boot campaigns, in which fire fighters greet motorists, shoppers and others and ask them to donate money to MDA. This year’s upcoming IAFF-MDA events are expected to raise even more to cure these crushing illnesses.

The relationship between the devotion of fire fighters with the cause of MDA has emerged as one of the strongest example of selflessness in the history of charity.

Over the ensuing decades, the commitment of the professional fire fighters to the cause of MDA has further elevated their status as extraordinary professionals who not only put their lives at stake to save citizens from ruthless flames, but also give their time to save the lives of the innocent from equally merciless neuromuscular diseases. The devotion of IAFF members has not only helped MDA, but also united fire fighters in a community where they share their team strength and brotherhood to give better meaning to lives and hope for the future. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013 
To kick off Fire Prevention Week, DeWitt Fire District will be holding it's annual Open House on Sunday October 6th, 2013 at 11 am - 2 pm. Bring the whole family and observe LIVE kitchen (stove) fire demos, tour the station/apparatus, or have any fire prevention questions that you may have answered by your firemen. DeWitt Police Department will also be here offering free child fingerprinting. Stay safe and we hope to see you here!

Fire Prevention Tips:

1. ESCAPE PLAN. Having and practicing an emergency escape plan in your home is an important step to ensure the safety of your family. Knowing two ways out of each room in your home, when possible, and having a safe meeting place outside and away from your house is key. Make sure the plan is understood from the youngest to the oldest members of your family. Children should know what a smoke detector sounds like and what to do if and when it activates.

2. SMOKE & CO DETECTORS. One of the most important parts of any fire prevention plan is having working smoke and CO (carbon monoxide) detectors in your home, as this is the first line of defense against fires. Smoke detectors should be installed high, as smoke rises, and replaced every 10 years. CO detectors should be installed low, as CO is heavier than air, and should be replaced every 5 years. Batteries in your detectors should be changed twice a year. If you have the 10 year Lithium batteries in your detectors, they should be tested twice a year and replaced as needed. A minimum of one detector should be on each level of your home. Ideally, each bedroom should have it's own detector, as well as one directly outside of the bedrooms, in addition to one on each level of your home.

3. FIREPLACE SAFETY. As the cooler weather approaches, a fireplace is a cozy way to warm up a room or house. But, it is important to have the fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned annually to prevent unwanted fires. Burn only natural wood and never leave a burning fireplace unattended. Make sure children understand fireplace safety and monitor them and pets around burning fireplaces.

Vacation Safety
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 
Vacation Home safety Even though summer seems to be winding down, this is one of the busiest times for summer vacation travel for Central New Yorkers. Before you leave for your vacation, make sure your home and belongings are protected while you are gone. Safeguard against fire, crime and other issues by taking the following precautions: • Disconnect the power to some of your electronics, like your desktop computer, coffee pot and television can save you money while you're gone and eliminate the worry that you've accidentally left them on by mistake. Turning off your garage door is also an effective way to keep thieves from opening it with a universal remote. • Lower the setting on your hot water heater to vacation setting. • Stop your mail and newspaper delivery. If your mailbox is overflowing while you are away, criminals will be alerted that you aren't home. • Don't broadcast to everyone (especially on outlets such as Facebook!) that you are going to be away. You never know who is going to be reading or listening. Instead, tell a few select people in your neighborhood so that they can keep an eye on your house. • Set up an electrical timer to turn lights and TVs on at various time to fool potential intruders into thinking you are at home. Set the timer to reflect your normal routine. • Consider shutting off gas and water. If you are going to be gone an extended period of time, consider shutting off your utilities to avoid potential flooding, fire or gas leaks.

Monday, July 15, 2013 
EXTREME HEAT SAFETY MESSAGE - The temperatures for the next week are expected to be extremely high. Please take a moment to read this personal safety message: People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn't enough. In such cases, a person's body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs. •Elderly people (65 years and older), infants and children and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress. •Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages and increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Sunburn affects your body's ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids. When working in the heat, monitor the condition of your co-workers and have someone do the same for you. Heat-induced illness can cause a person to become confused or lose consciousness. NEVER leave children or pets in a parked car - not even with the windows cracked. Temperatures rise quickly and can cause death to people and animals. Recognizing Heat Stroke Warning signs of heat stroke vary but may include the following: •An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F, orally) •Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating) •Rapid, strong pulse •Throbbing headache •Dizziness •Nausea •Confusion •Unconsciousness Recognizing Heat Exhaustion Warning signs of heat exhaustion include the following: •Heavy sweating •Paleness •Muscle cramps •Tiredness •Weakness •Dizziness •Headache •Nausea or vomiting •Fainting Use Common Sense Remember to keep cool and use common sense: •Avoid hot foods and heavy meals—they add heat to your body. •Drink plenty of fluids and replace salts and minerals in your body. •Dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella. •Limit sun exposure during mid-day hours and in places of potential severe exposure such as beaches. •Do not leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car. •Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area. For more information visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml#safety http://www.ready.gov/heat Please stay safe, check on your neighbors, and take care of your pets!!

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