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1959 ALF - Truck 3 1976-81 (from Cherry Hill, NJ)

Fire Prevention Week 2015: Safety Tips
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 

Fire Prevention is a year-round effort.  During Fire Prevention Week, when we get to share important fire prevention and safety tips with our community.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “hear the beep where you sleep.” What does this mean? We want to make sure our residents have installed smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of their homes, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.

Here are a few key bits of information that you might not know about the importance of smoke detectors and escape plans.

  • Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep.
  • One-quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.
  • Three out of five home fire deaths happen 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.
  • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
  • Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, more than half never practiced it.
It’s important to have plenty of working smoke detectors, and it’s crucial to develop – and practice – a fire escape plan at your home.


October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week
Friday, September 25, 2015 
October 4-10 is National Fire Prevention Week! While fire safety is a year-round priority, each year we take time during the first week in October to emphasize the importance of fire safety and prevention. Join us at the fire station on Sunday, October 4 between 1 and 4 pm for some fire prevention activities. Stay tuned to our page for more news and for fire prevention tips for the entire community!

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness
Thursday, July 30, 2015 
During extremely hot and humid weather, your body's ability to cool itself is challenged. When the body heats too rapidly to cool itself properly, or when too much fluid or salt is lost through dehydration or sweating, body temperature rises and you or someone you care about may experience a heat-related illness. It is important to know the symptoms of excessive heat exposure and the appropriate responses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a list of warning signs and symptoms of heat illness, and recommended first aid steps. Some of these symptoms and steps are listed at http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/warning.html.

DeWitt Fire District Announces Sale of $6,605,000 Fire District Refunding (Serial) Bonds, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015 
The DeWitt Fire District announced the successful sale by the Fire District of $6,605,000 Fire District Refunding (Serial) Bonds, 2015 on June 25, 2015. The Bonds were issued to refinance the outstanding principal balance of Fire District bonds that were issued in 2007 in order to build a new fire station for the Fire District. As a result of the refinancing, the Fire District will realize present value debt service savings in the amount of $416,925.06 over the life of the Bonds, which mature in 2032. This furthers our mission of providing the best fire protection services to the District, while being mindful of the costs to our residents.

Friday, June 12, 2015 
Friday may turn out to be another very active day across our region with severe thunderstorms and flash flooding concerns from the mid afternoon well into the evening hours. A Tornado Watch has been issued many Central New York counties, including Onondaga, until 3 am. A tornado watch is issued when weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing tornadoes. A tornado watch therefore implies that it is also a severe thunderstorm watch. Keep tuned in to weather and news outlets for changing conditions and updates.

Red Flag Warning In Effect
Monday, May 4, 2015 
We often see the image of Smokey Bear and quickly relate it to our national parks. Outdoor fire safety is not only important in remote forested areas but in our suburban areas as well. A small mulch or brush fire can easily spread out of control and expose structures. A red flag WARNING is in effect for Onondaga, Oneida, Seneca, Madison, Cortland, Tompkins, Chenango, Schuyler, Otsego, and southern Cayuga counties between 1pm and 7pm today, May 4. A red flag WARNING means critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, very low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Therefore, outdoor burning is strongly discouraged. Here are some precautions you can take: -- Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged as fires could very quickly become out of control. -- Do not discard cigarettes or matches outside. These can also quickly start a fire. -- If you see a fire, please report it to the proper authorities and stay a safe distance away It may quickly spread due to gusty winds.

Is there a fire in you??
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 
Interested in learning what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter? Stop by the fire station this coming Sunday for a recruitment open house from 10am-2pm. Personnel will be conducting tours, orientations and speaking to prospective members about what we offer and expect. This is an excellent opportunity see what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in your community. email: info@dewittfire.org for more information.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 
As the weather changes and our thoughts turn towards lawn clean-up and landscaping. we'd like to remind all residents that open burning is not permitted. Be careful of ignition sources near combustible materials outdoors and use approved outdoor cooking devices safely. http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/58519.html

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.

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