By Michael Contaxis
1st Assistant Chief Warwick Fire Department
The Warwick Fire Department (WFD) has responded to 296 calls for service to date.
On Sat., Sept. 26, the Excelsior Hose Company #1 and Raymond Hose Company #2 completed annual Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) requalification’s at Warwick Station #4 in the department’s Training Maze. The drill is designed for firefighters to demonstrate skills that they are trained in annually should the need arise that they have to self-extricate themselves from a fire room with rapidly deteriorating conditions involving entanglements and low air scenarios.
Also, on Sept. 26, firefighters from Engine Company #3 packed up belongings from the South St. Extension Station to ready the building for removal for construction of the new Warwick Fire District Engine Company #3 Fire Station. The chiefs, officers and members of the WFD would like to wish the best to the members of Engine Company #3. Thank you to the Warwick Fire District and to the Warwick Community for their continued support of the fire department.
During the week, all four companies completed apparatus and buildings checks to ensure their fleet is operational for all future emergencies. The WFD FAST Team (Firefighters Assist Search Team) completed a joint operations drill at Warwick Station #1.
Fire Prevention Team
Fire safety begins with everyone. Many home fires are preventable. Always remember to keep the community Warwick Fire Safe. The WFD Fire Prevention Team is “Preventing Fires Through Education.”
Fire Prevention Week will be held Oct. 4 through Oct. 10. Any preschool or school program in the Warwick Fire District are asked to contact the WFD Prevention Team to set their school visit. For more information call 986-3473 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cold weather has set in early so now is the time to have boilers, hot water heaters, and all heating systems checked by a certified heating professional and as always have more than one smoke and carbon monoxide detector functioning on all levels of your home.
Numbers to Call in an Emergency
The WFD reminds residents to call the Warwick Police Department Communications Desk at 986-5000 or Orange County 911 in the event of an emergency.
Join the Fire Department
For those who are 16 years of age or older who want to give back to the community, join the Warwick Fire Department. Those who are interested can stop by any of the firehouses in the evening to speak with a Fire Officer, especially on Mondays at 7 p.m. or the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. For more information call 986-3473 or send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.