Fall/Winter 2020 Fire 8 Flyer
This has been quite a year - but we want you to know we are still open, still working, and still here for you! SCFD8 firefighters and paramedics have risen to this latest challenge by implementing additional safety measures for your protection and health, as well as theirs.
Our Fall/Winter edition of the Fire 8 Flyer is full of information - from Fire Chief Tony Nielsen's Chiefs Message, to how you can contact us if you visit a fire station, safety in the kitchen, and an update on Santa's 2020 neighborhood visit.
We hope you and your family are safe, healthy, and happy this winter! Fall/Winter edition of the Fire 8 Flyer
Fire Prevention Week
The emphasis of this year's Fire Prevention Week was Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!
Did you know cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries?
https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Preparedness/Fire-Prevention-Week for cooking safety information and other tips on fire prevention and what you can do to reduce injuries in your home.
ALERT Spokane is the program behind the public alert and warning messages that are disseminated throughout the greater Spokane area. The mass notification system called CodeRED, can distribute emergency notifications via landline, cellular phone and/or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones. It can also notify via text, TTD, TTY and email. You may receive an alert message if emergency response personnel need to notify specific areas about high-risk situations. Register for ALERT Spokane today at https://www.spokanecounty.org/3007/Alert-Spokane.
Occupant Load Calculator
As we all move forward re-opening our community in phases you may find this Occupant Load Calculator created by Fire Inspection 360 beneficial to your business. Simply enter the Function of your business, along with the Length & Width of the space and the calculator willl determine what your Occupancy Load is at 25%, 50%, and 100%.
BoFC Meeting Notice
The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold their next regular monthly meeting on:
December 8, 2020
at 6:00 pm
All persons wishing to observe or participate in the meeting may do so via Zoom: Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android Device at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3712607781
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SCFD8 Members Recognized
Congratulations to the following SCFD8 members who were recognized for their outstanding contributions in 2019: Zach Searle, Career Firefighter of the Year; Jack Collins, EMS Provider of the Year; Chris Rodgers, East Battalion Firefighter of the Year; Bob Lundy, West Battalion Firefighter of the Year; Spencer Batt, Resident Firefighter of the Year; Ethan Dreves, Part-time Firefighter of the Year; Janelle Britton, Recruit Firefighter of the Year; Tom Hatley, Fire Chief's Commendation; Shane Harris, Distinguished Service; and, Ron Cato, Commissioners Award.
The following SCFD8 members were recognized for their years of service: Aaron McNally, 5 Years of Service; Jeff McCormick, 5 Years of Service; Sherry Urban, 5 Years of Service; Dane Ziegler, 5 Years of Service; Amanda Austin, 10 Years of Service; Tom Hatley, 10 Years of Service; James Parker, 10 Years of Service; David Cleary, 15 Years of Service; Jacob Hebden, 15 Years of Service; Kristen Parker, 15 Years of Service; Todd Ullrich, 25 Years of Service; Jeffrey Wainwright, 25 Years of Service; Todd Wood, 25 Years of Service; Lee Boling, 30 Years of Service; Bruce Ellison, 30 Years of Service; and, John Westerman, 45 Years of Service.
Special recognition was also presented to Tom Hatley for his leadership and dedicated service as the District's Division Chief of Training. 2019 Year in Review.
Save a Life with PulsePoint
Did you know your smartphone can help you save a life? PulsePoint, a free smartphone App in Spokane County, enables subscribers who are CPR trained to be alerted to a sudden cardiac arrest at the same time emergency responders are notified. Registered users will be notified when a sudden cardiac arrest has occurred in a public place within their vicinity. PulsePoint will give the citizen responder mapping directions, notify them of any automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in the area, and provide radio traffic of the emergency responders. Early CPR is the key if a sudden cardiac arrest victim is to survive. When a person goes into sudden cardiac arrest, their heart, brain, and other vital organs no longer receive oxygen. Researchers have found that without early CPR within the first 3 to 5 minutes, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival are dramatically reduced. The free PulsePoint app can be found in the Apple App Store or on Google Play.
Learn how you can help save a life with this message from SCFD8 Fire Chief Tony Nielsen and Spokane County Medical Program Director, Dr. James Nania: PulsePoint video
- Find the app on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
- Install the app.
- Choose agency and alert options.
- Learn about other features.
You only need to be willing to do “Hands-Only” CPR. According to the American Heart Association, Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR in the first minutes of sudden cardiac arrest. Subscribers can also view active fire and emergency medical incidents and monitor emergency radio traffic. http://pulsepoint.org/
Stop the Bleed
Stop the Bleed is a national program intended to encourage people in our communties to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency - before professional help arrives.
Fire District 8 members provide Stop the Bleed classes quarterly. We encourage you to sign up for one of our free classes and learn to stop life-threatening bleeding caused by everyday emergencies.
Please register at bleedingcontrol.org.
Do You Have Working Smoke Alarms?
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke alarms are essential to home fire safety and should be properly maintained. To promote fire safety in your home, remember to:
Put smoke alarms on every floor of your home, including every bedroom and the hallway outside of each sleeping area;
• Test smoke alarms monthly;
• Change the smoke alarm battery at least once per year;
• Replace smoke alarms that are more than ten years old; and
• Develop a home fire escape plan so that everyone knows two ways out and knows a safe place to meet. Practice your plan twice per year.
To learn more about fire escape planning, check out this USFA public service announcement.