The Warwick Fire Department (WFD) reports that for the week ending Mon., Mar. 18, they have responded to 85 calls for service to date. This includes mutual aid calls to the Florida Fire District and the Vernon Fire District for structural-related fire emergencies.
The WFD Engine Company #3 and the Goodwill Hook & Ladder Company held a joint operational drill on Mon., Mar. 11 at Station #4. The WFD held its monthly department extrication drill on Thurs., Mar. 14 at Specht’s Auto Recycling.
The WFD Color Guard, led by firefighter Kevin Columba, marched in the Pearl River St. Patrick’s Day parade in Rockland County. A special thanks goes to the Parade Committee for the invite and to parade goers for all of their support.
The Excelsior Hose Company #1 hosted their annual St. Patrick’s Day corned beef dinner on Sun., Mar. 17. Thanks goes out to our kitchen crew and to all of our members who helped with the festivities. A big thank you to the community which never stops supporting all of the companies, including ShopRite and Price Chopper. We could never do this without all of you!
Fire Prevention Safety Tips
Your life and your family’s lives depend on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. For safety tips visit www.NFPA.ORG or by follow the Warwick Fire Department on Facebook.
Some safety tips include making sure that in the laundry room, the dryer duct should vent directly outdoors, never to a room inside the house, as the air discharge can contain a combination of combustible gases. Avoid plastic duct work which is more easily ignited or melted. Instead, opt for a hard metal duct from the dryer to the exterior of your home. Keep the duct free of lint to help reduce the chance of fire spreading from the dryer to the vent. Clean the lint trap after every use. A professional should also help you periodically dismantle the dryer to clean between the dryer drum and the heat element. It is recommended to install a smoke detector nearby.
Other safety tips are to never leave a fire in a fireplace or lit candles unattended. Use a screen in front of the hearth. Make sure it is large and heavy enough to encompass the entire opening and to stop any stray logs from rolling out of the fireplace. Chimneys and woodstoves require annual and thorough cleaning so inspect monthly in case of obstructions or damage. Never burn paper, trash or green wood in the fireplace. Apart from being highly flammable, scraps of burning paper or trash may actually drift up through the chimney or pipe and land on and light up the roof. Extinguish the fire once you want to move away from it and cool the ashes. Ensure that the ashes are then harmlessly sealed away in a metal container outside the home.
Candles may be small and the flames they produce may be even smaller, but it takes just a few breaths for an overturned candle to create an inferno. Always place candles on a non-flammable surface and keep them away from paper, curtains, and other items that could be easily ignited.
Seeking New Members
Firefighters of all ages are needed to join the WFD. Stop in to see us, contact us on Facebook or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.