Stillwater Fire District
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Notice of Public Hearing
Notice of Public Hearing for the 2016 Proposed Fire District Budget, Tuesday October 20th at 7pam, 10 Campbell Road Fire Station, Commissioner’s Meeting to Follow at 7:30. See Legal Notices.
Prepping for the Fall and Winter Season
Our warm summer is quickly degrading into fall and it’s time to prepare for what is to follow. If you are sticking around for awhile, we need to start preparing for the heating season. The greatest threat from heating devices using fossil fuel is the production of carbon monoxide or CO. CO is generated in great quantities by the burning of any fossil fuel or when common materials burn. The danger of CO is twofold, first is a colorless odorless gas that displaces the oxygen in the blood and second, it’s cumulative, the longer you are exposed to it the less it takes to cause CO poisoning. All new homes today are required to have CO detection and alarm devices, which sample the air and detect the amount of CO in parts per million. Zero amount of CO is normal; any level above zero may indicate a problem with a heating device. In a structure fire very high levels of CO are developed and are a leading cause of death to occupants and are dangerous for responding firefighters although they enter hazardous atmospheres with self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). New York State has recently passed legislation that requires CO Alarms in all commercial buildings that contain equipment that may produce CO, due to an unfortunate fatality in a restaurant in Suffolk County.
A frequent question relates to the placement of CO detectors and the recommendation is to read the manufacturer’s instructions for installation. The most common cause of CO in homes is a defective heating device, more frequently natural gas or propane appliances. In August, 2009 New York State passed Amanda’s Law, which is named for a 16-year-old girl who died on January 17, 2009, due to a carbon monoxide leak from a defective boiler while she was sleeping at a friend’s house. Amanda’s Law requires that every, one or two-family dwelling, condominium, cooperative and each unit of a multiple dwelling shall have an operable carbon monoxide (CO) detector. Under Amanda’s Law, homes built before January 1, 2008 are permitted to have battery-powered CO alarms, while homes built after this date are required to have the alarms hard-wired into the building. Additionally, Amanda’s Law requires contractors to install a CO alarm when replacing a hot water tank or furnace if the home is not equipped with an alarm. CO detectors are required only if the dwelling unit has appliances, devices or systems that may emit carbon monoxide or there is an attached garage.
The one thing that residents fail to read or understand is that these detectors have a limited life; the sensors do not last forever. Sensors function well for between 5 to 7 years, after that they may continuously beep a warning beep, or may not function properly. Note that each unit has a manufacture date and there is a difference in the sound of the alarm if it detects CO or whether it is malfunctioning. Normally a malfunction indication is an intermittent beep while an alarm is more constant. Consult your manufacturer’s user manual. When in doubt evacuate the residence and call 911. Report whether there is illness associated with activation of the alarm, it will determine how the fire and EMS responders handle the call for assistance. The signs of CO poisoning may include; dull headache, weakness, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision and in extreme cases, loss of consciousness.
If you suspect CO vacate the structure to fresh air, including pets. Call 911 and report what is occurring and signs or symptoms to the dispatcher if there are any. Do not open windows or ventilate the structure so that when the fire department arrives they can do a thorough assessment to determine the cause of the CO. The firefighters will enter your home fully protected with personal protective equipment and self contained breathing apparatus to protect them. They have meters that will detect the presence of CO and work through a process of elimination to determine the cause. Once they have determined the cause they will report to the homeowner with their findings. It is up to the homeowner to contact a responsible contractor to correct the problem and you will not be able to use the appliance that is causing the problem. You may have to find shelter with family, friends or somewhere safe, until the problem is corrected. You will also be advised in writing of the findings and what the level of CO means to your health, you will be asked to sign the findings form. As we begin living in a closed up environment with heating systems, the number of CO incidents normally increases for the fire service. Install smoke alarms and CO detectors in your home, let’s make the best of it and be safe this fall and winter season.
October Training Focus
The Incident Command System – Why do we need it?
ICS Command Function
ICS Establishing Command
ICS Operations Function
Regularly Scheduled Events:
Training -- Wednesday Nights beginning at 6:30 P.M. and Saturdays beginning at 8:00 A.M. with breakfast beginning at 7:30AM
Company Meetings -- 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 P.M.
Board of Fire Commissioner's Meeting -- 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 P.M.
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Attention District Residents: To make sure your county 911 information is correct, call Saratoga County Emergency Services at 884-4769 daily between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M.
Additional Training Resource Links:
New Developments in Fire Service
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New Developments in Fire Service Training
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