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Where is that Hydrant?
Thursday, December 11, 2014 
With the start of our typical CNY winter weather, plenty of fire hydrants are buried in snow. While DFD crews are out trying to clear all the fire hydrants in the fire district, we are asking for your help. Please do your part to keep the closest fire hydrant to your home unobstructed to ensure crews can access it for you or your neighbor in an emergency situation. We thank you for your assistance!

Friday, December 5, 2014 
For many years in the past, we brought Santa through the community on a fire truck to greet children during the holiday season. For the second year we will be inviting all to the fire station on Sunday December 14 between 11 am and 2 pm. Stop by, have some cookies with Santa and see the fire trucks and firefighters!

Thanksgiving Safety
Monday, November 24, 2014 
As we approach the holiday season, let's make sure safety is on our minds. The holidays bring various traditions and observances which can turn disastrous if we aren't careful. Be sure to stop in or give us a call if you have any questions about holiday safety.

Thanksgiving Safety Video
Fire Safety Event Saturday November 1st , Wegmans Dewitt 10-12
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 
Join us at Wegmans on East Genesee Street this Saturday for a hands-on safety event. We will discuss the importance of exit drills in the home, smoke detectors and of course the kids can see the fire truck.

6 Volunteer Candidates graduate
Monday, October 27, 2014 
On Monday, October 27th 6 new volunteer candidates graduated from the Fayetteville Fire Department Academy. The candidates spent 2 nights a week, and several saturdays, over the past 2 1/2 months obtaining their Firefighter 1 training. The following Candidates received certifications for Firefighter 1, Firefighter Survival and Firefighter Assist and Search Team: FF JP Gardner, FF Scott Alperin, FF Jon VanValkenburg, FF Eric Barnes, FF James Sutherland. FF Evan Simmons received a certification in Scene Support Operations. Congratulations and strong work to the new members! Welcome aboard

Electrical Fire Safety
   Electrical Safety
Friday, October 10, 2014 
U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction 2007-2011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, 1,518 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in direct property damage. Facts & Figures •Roughly half (48%) of home electrical failure fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment in 2007-2011. •In 2007-2011, 46% of electrical failure home fires involved other known type of equipment. The leading other known type of equipment involved in home electrical failure fires are washer or dryer, fans, and portable or stationary space heater. •U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 22,410 reported home structure fires involving electrical distribution or lighting equipment in 2007-2011. These fires resulted in 325 civilian fire deaths, 950 civilian fire injuries, and $817 million in direct property damage. •Some type of electrical failure or malfunction was cited as factor contributing to ignition for 74% of electrical distribution or lighting equipment home structure fires.

Kitchen Fire Safety
Thursday, October 9, 2014 
Cooking Safety •U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011, resulting in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 civilian injuries and $853 million in direct damage. •Two of every five home fires started in the kitchen. •Unattended cooking was a factor in 34% of reported home cooking fires. •Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials. •Ranges accounted for the 57% of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%. •Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking and hot food and drinks than being burned in a cooking fire. •Microwave ovens are one of the leading home products associated with scald burn injuries not related to fires. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, two out of five of the microwave oven injuries seen at emergency rooms in 2011 were scald burns. •Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of home cooking fires, but these incidents accounted for 15% of the cooking fire deaths.

Practice Exit Drills In The Home
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 
Escape Planning •According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. •Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, more than half never practiced it. •One-third (32%) of respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. Only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out! Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning. In 2012, there were an estimated 365,000 reported home structure fires and 2,380 associated civilian deaths in the United States. Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm. For easy planning, download NFPA's escape planning grid (http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/For%20consumers/Escape/escape_plan.pdf). This is a great way to get children involved in fire safety in a non-threatening way.

Smoke Detectors Save Lives!
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 
•Almost three of five (60%) of reported home fire deaths in 2007 to 2011 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. •Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half. •In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 93% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 79% of the time. •When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead. •An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed, to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended.

Facts About Home Fires
Monday, October 6, 2014 
Home fires •In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, $6.9 billion in direct damage. •On average, seven people died in U.S. home fires per day from 2007 to 2011. •Cooking is the leading cause home fires and home fire injuries, followed heating equipment. •Smoking is a leading cause of civilian home fire deaths. •Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2012, 8 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 44 deaths.

About Fire Prevention Week
Sunday, October 5, 2014 
Fire Prevention Week: October 5-11 Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871. Commemorating a conflagration According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow - belonging to Mrs. Catherine O'Leary - kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you've heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O'Leary, for more than 130 years. But recent research by Chicago historian Robert Cromie has helped to debunk this version of events. The 'Moo' myth Like any good story, the 'case of the cow' has some truth to it. The great fire almost certainly started near the barn where Mrs. O'Leary kept her five milking cows. But there is no proof that O'Leary was in the barn when the fire broke out - or that a jumpy cow sparked the blaze. Mrs. O'Leary herself swore that she'd been in bed early that night, and that the cows were also tucked in for the evening. But if a cow wasn't to blame for the huge fire, what was? Over the years, journalists and historians have offered plenty of theories. Some blamed the blaze on a couple of neighborhood boys who were near the barn sneaking cigarettes. Others believed that a neighbor of the O'Leary's may have started the fire. Some people have speculated that a fiery meteorite may have fallen to earth on October 8, starting several fires that day - in Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as in Chicago. The biggest blaze that week While the Great Chicago Fire was the best-known blaze to start during this fiery two-day stretch, it wasn't the biggest. That distinction goes to the Peshtigo Fire, the most devastating forest fire in American history. The fire, which also occurred on October 8th, 1871, and roared through Northeast Wisconsin, burning down 16 towns, killing 1,152 people, and scorching 1.2 million acres before it ended. Historical accounts of the fire say that the blaze began when several railroad workers clearing land for tracks unintentionally started a brush fire. Before long, the fast-moving flames were whipping through the area 'like a tornado,' some survivors said. It was the small town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin that suffered the worst damage. Within an hour, the entire town had been destroyed. Nine decades of fire prevention Those who survived the Chicago and Peshtigo fires never forgot what they'd been through; both blazes produced countless tales of bravery and heroism. But the fires also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. The commemoration grew incrementally official over the years. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.

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.

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