(Irv Schick/Fire District 4)
Chewelah area Fire District responded to 40 incidents overall…
FOR THE RECORD
In May, Fire District 4 responded to forty incidents. One structure fire, one cooking fire, one RV fire, two grass and brush fires, one grass fire, one illegal rubbish fire, twenty-three emergency medical calls, five vehicle accidents including one with injuries, one search (in the wildland) for injured persons, one authorized controlled burning and one dispatched and cancelled.
For the month, our volunteer members gave five-hundred and twenty-nine hours of their time for incident responses and training.
June 1777, the flag of the United State was adopted by the Continental Congress.
June is national candy month.
The longest day of the year occurs in June. In the early Roman calendar, June only had 29 days. It was Julius Caesar who added the additional day giving June 30 days.
HELP US HELP YOU
Medical oxygen is used by many people both in homes and while traveling. For those people, medical oxygen is a life sustaining necessity. There are some very
serious cautions to be taken wherever medical oxygen is used. When medical oxygen or an oxygen tank is used in the home, car or other enclosed space, the amount of oxygen in the air, furniture, clothing, hair, and bedding can increase, making it easier for a fire to spread. This means that there is a higher risk of fires and burns.
Medical oxygen can cause materials to ignite more easily and make fires burn at a faster rate than normal. It can make an existing fire burn faster and hotter.
A patient on oxygen should not smoke
Never smoke in a home where medial oxygen is used. Post “No Smoking” and ‘No open Flames” signs inside and outside the home to remind residents s and guests not to smoke.
Keep oxygen cylinders at least 5 feet from a heat source, open flames, or electrical devices. Never use aerosol sprays containing combustible materials (such as hair spray)
near the oxygen.
Never use a candle, match, lighter, or open flame: a fireplace, stove, or other device fueled by gas, kerosene, wood or coal; or a sparking toy when medical oxygen is in use.
Wildland fire season is upon us. The District has had several wildland fires and so far, they have been relatively small.
Currently, DNR has restricted rule and permit burns. Campfires in designated DNR campgrounds are still allowed.
The District has recently purchased a used tender (water tanker) to replace Tender 41 at the Bulldog station. The new to us tender is on a 1996 Freightliner chassis with a
caterpillar diesel engine and automatic transmission. It will carry 3000 gallons of water and has three-sided dump capability as well as a pump with some hose carrying
capacity. It will provide a significant increase in our water hauling capacity as well as being a greater help to our mutual aid partners.
REMEMBER: Volunteer firefighters and EMT’s are your neighbors helping their neighbors!