The Warwick Fire Department (WFD) responded to 200 calls for service to date as of Mon., Jun. 17, ending a busy week for firefighters.
The WFD Annual Fireman’s Carnival will be held from Wed., Jun. 26 to Sat., Jun. 29 at the Veterans Memorial Park in Warwick. The carnival will be open Wed. to Fri. from 6 to 10 p.m. and Sat. from 6 to 10:30 p.m., followed by the fireworks display. The carnival will be open rain or shine and the rain date for the fireworks is Sun., Jun. 30. Wristbands allowing visitors to ride all night for one price are available every night. The cost is $25 on Wed., Fri., and Sat. and $20 on Thurs. Donations for parking and fireworks are accepted at the entrance to the park and this is a cash only event. An ATM may be available through Gillette Shows at the park.
Happy Fathers Day
The WFD would like to wish all of our fathers of the Warwick Fire District a Happy Father’s Day, including our very own firefighters. We hope you all had a great day, including all of our moms out there who do both jobs.
A Busy Week for the WFD
Warwick firefighters attended wake services on Mon., Jun. 10 for past chief and 60-year member of the Goshen Fire Department Robert “Bob” Jones. Firefighters from the Goodwill Hook & Ladder Company attended funeral services on Tues., Jun. 11 with Truck 633, where they had the honor of hoisting the American Flag above the Chief’s funeral procession, with firefighters from Walton Engine and Hose from the Chester Fire Department. He was a great man and will be missed by all of us.
The companies of the WFD conducted apparatus checks and company drills. Weekly apparatus checks ensure that vehicles and equipment are in working order in the event of an emergency. Company drills also ensure that firefighters are trained to handle operational tasks in an emergency as well. Great work is being done day in and day out by fire officers, firefighters, and the fire police.
The Excelsiors held a pump drill on Wed., Jun. 12 at Veterans Memorial Park. A pump drill ensures that our apparatus drivers and our firefighters remain skilled in pumping water from a water source such as a lake, pond or stream in the event of a fire where there are no fire hydrants in the Town available.
WFD Responds to Car Accident
The WFD responded to a single car accident on Thurs., Jun. 13 at Main St. and Colonial Ave. involving one vehicle into a tree with injuries. All occupants were safely removed from the vehicle and transported to St. Anthony Community Hospital for medical assistance. A great job was done on the scene by firefighters, Warwick EMS, Warwick Police & the Warwick Fire Police.
Department Extrication Drill
Following the accident on Main St., the WFD held its monthly Department Extrication Drill at Engine Company #3 at its South St. Ext. station with the Warwick Ambulance Corp’s junior and senior corps members. The focus of these drills is to hone the necessary skills and techniques to remove occupants of vehicles who become entrapped in vehicles pursuant to motor vehicle accidents. Some of the techniques include cutting doors, removing roofs, and lifting dashboards in order to free trapped occupants and provide the necessary space for EMS to effectively administer first aid. The department practices these skills on different accident scenarios every month in order to ensure proficiency in any possible real life scenario.
Wine & Design Painting Event
The Engine Company #3 Wine & Design “Painting for a Cure” fundraiser will be held on Fri., Jun. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the firehouse. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, send an email to email@example.com.
Warwick Fire Police Raffle Tickets
The Warwick Fire Police will be selling raffle tickets to support them in celebrating the 80th anniversary of their organization. Please help support our men and women of our Fire Police. To purchase tickets, contact any member of the Warwick Fire Police or find them on Facebook.
Warwick Fire Prevention Team Report
The WFD Fire Prevention Team offers these safety tips while traveling this summer:
Working smoke alarms are in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, on every level of the home, and all are interconnected, if possible, so when one alarm sounds, they all sound.
Portable fire extinguishers are in the home and are easy to reach. Working carbon monoxide alarms are outside each separate sleeping area, on every level of the home, and in other locations as required by laws, codes, or standards. The owner has posted a floor plan noting all escape routes and exits and providing emergency contact information.
Everyone knows the address of the home. Everyone staying in the home has identified two ways out of every room and how to escape in an emergency. All doors and windows that lead outside are able to be opened. An outside meeting place has been chosen, located a safe distance away from the home.
Everyone knows how to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone from outside. If smoking is allowed, a smoking area has been designated well away from the structure and deep, sturdy ashtrays have been provided. All pathways are free and clear of tripping hazards. Electrical outlets are free from multiple cords and adaptors and the stovetop is clear. Anything that can catch fire is not near the stovetop, such as curtains and towels.
Be window and door alert! Be on the lookout for rooms with tiny windows that are too small to serve as a means of escape. Security bars on doors and windows can trap people in a fire. Make sure any security bars have quick-release devices. Tools, keys, or special efforts should not be needed to open them know before you go.
Peer-to-peer hospitality services are not regulated in the same way as hotels. Requirements vary widely across jurisdictions. Do your homework before making a reservation. Check online to see your travel destination’s regulations for rental properties. Ask your host if the property meets the regulations. Discuss other safety concerns you may have.
Check the forecast in case of storms that could cause power outages; assure the property has equipment (batteries, lanterns, etc.) in the event of a power outage.
Firefighters are needed to join the Warwick Fire Department. Do you have what it takes? Is there a fire in you? Stop in to any firehouse, find us on Facebook, Instagram, call 986-3473 or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.