The members of Fire District 4 would like to thank Carl Pickens (God Fearing Brothers) for setting up a very challenging vehicle extrication scenario on their property on 395 north of Chewelah. Two vehicles were over a very steep bank with stabilization and extrication problems.
The training session took about three hours from start to finish. Twenty-one members participated with two brush trucks, two structure/rescue engines, two command vehicles and our support unit. All members were in full personal protective gear and very warm. The support members ensured that everyone had plenty of water. We learned that some of our equipment that was purchased several years apart had compressed air fittings that were not compatible and we had one equipment malfunction that required a work around. We got to practice in a very real situation and learned a lot.
DID YOU KNOW
The leading causes of wildland fires are people and lightning. Don’t let a fire be your fault.
The NOAA weather service is predicting that our summer temperatures will be above average and the precipitation will be below average. If this comes true, it could be a long, hot and dry summer.
Yes, we are getting much needed moisture now, but as summer wears on and the land again dries out, wildland fires will once again be part of our lives. With the moisture we are receiving comes lush growth of grasses and small fuels, increasing the fuel load for later in the summer.
HELP US HELP YOU
Preparing your property now in advance of fire season makes good sense and could save your home. A 30-foot fire resistant perimeter around your home is the most important step you can take.
Keep grass around your buildings short and green. Keep trees around your buildings trimmed up 10 to 15 feet and at least 15 feet away from your roof. Mulch around your buildings with pumice or gravel, not beauty bark. Keep firewood stacks off your deck and at least 30 feet away from your buildings.
Create an evacuation plan now and figure out what you need to take with you. In your plan, have a meeting place in or near town established so that all family members know where to gather even if they are not home when the evacuation occurs. Have a plan for your pets and livestock. Remember, minutes matter.
FOR THE RECORD
In March, Fire District 4 responded to twenty-nine emergency calls. Fifteen emergency medical calls, one authorized burning, one hazardous materials call, two grass or brush fires, one trash fire, four personal service calls, one search for a lost person, one steam or clouds mistaken for smoke, one structure fire, one detector system in alarm with no fire, and one nothing found call.
For the month, members contributed two hundred and forty-nine volunteer hours in training and incident responses.
In April, the District responded to twenty-five emergency calls. One authorized burning call, one electrical problem, sixteen emergency medical calls, two vehicle accidents, one vehicle fire, two grass or brush fires, one personal service call, and one steam or clouds mistaken for smoke.
For the month, members contributed two hundred and seventy-five volunteer hours in training and incident responses.
REMEMBER: Volunteer firefighters and EMT’s are your neighbors helping their neighbors!
By Irv Schick of Fire District No. 4