Stillwater Fire District
|Stillwater Fire District - Arvin Hart Fire Company|
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The fire district held its annual budget hearing on October 18th. During the open public meeting at the conclusion of the hearing, the commissioners voted to over ride the tax cap for the 2017 levy and adopted the final budget. For 2017 the tap cap was .68% and the district over rode it by just over $1,000. The tax rate for 2017 will not change, approx. $1.13 per thousand which has been fairly stable over the last few years.
The fire district election will be held on December 13th from 6pm until 9pm when we will be electing one Commissioner for a four year term and a Commissioner for a five year term. The four year term is what remains from a commissioner who resigned his position. On the same evening the Board will conduct their monthly meeting starting at 7:30pm.
Transition to the Winter SeasonThe members of the Arvin Hart Fire Company have been fortunate although we have seen an increase in calls this year, most have not been serious. We know that our summerlike weather will not last forever and cold weather fire fighting challenges include, frozen water lines, pumps, nozzles, hydrants, gauges on the apparatus, lack of footing on walkways and ladders, frozen equipment, fire fighter fatigue, frozen air pack components and soft tissue injuries such as frostbite. Additional fire fighters are needed to cycle fresh crews during the event and to keep injuries to a minimum, this will require mutual aid assistance from local departments due to staffing shortages especially during the day.
Traveling around the town many of the fire hydrants are tough to see due to high grass or they could use a fresh coat of paint. If you have a hydrant near your home do us a favor and make it stand out.
As we prepare for colder temperatures we will likely be responding to chimney fires, always caused by a buildup of creosote which condenses as it cools on the walls of chimneys. The creosote is a product of combustion that looks glossy and black but when it is heated to higher temperatures it explodes like popcorn blocking the vent pipe or flue. A couple of ways to avoid the buildup is regular inspection and cleaning or burning the system super hot daily to avoid long term build up and blockage.
Unfortunately if a solid fuel burning system is installed improperly it shows up after daily and repeated heating of combustible framing that does not have proper clearance to the components of the heating system. When wood framing members are too close to the venting components of a solid fuel burning device the repeated heating and cooling lowers the ignition temperature until one day you find yourself with a fire in the walls or attic and canít figure out why. It wonít happen right away, thatís why its important to have these systems installed under a building permit, by qualified installers and follow the manufacturerís instructions without fail.
We also see an increase in CO or Carbon Monoxide detector calls as we close the house up and turn on the heating systems. While some are false alarms due to batteries or outdated sensors, many have been the result of defective heating systems. The detectors have done their job and detected an increase of deadly CO due to defective or leaking heating systems. If the detector sounds an alarm, donít be afraid to call the fire department to check it out, we donít mind short, easy calls.
Unfortunately in recent national study smoke alarms, while perceived as important devices, are not ones that people interact with on a regular basis and are not viewed as essential to daily living as other devices, leading to a failure to install or maintain them. Smoke detectors and CO detectors can and do save lives. To date 76 of our friends, relatives and neighbors have perished in fires in one and two family dwellings in New York State, over 1100 nationally.
Itís always a relief to the members of the fire department when they arrive on the scene of a working fire to hear that all residents are out of the structure, thatís what smoke detectors do, they save lives but only if they work. A simple residential sprinkler system installed with the plumbing will not only save your life, itís like having the fire department parked at the house.
November Training Minutes
Training Focus of the Month
Communications Best Practices
Situational Awareness 50 ways to Kill a Firefighter
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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