Fire Department

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We use “firefighter” as a title for what we do in the Fire Department. What we should say is “every emergency response Department!” Our personnel are multi-talented and trained to respond to most any emergency from a fire, to an ambulance call, to a cat in a tree, to a hazardous materials spill, to a terrorist event, or just when someone doesn’t know what to do. Here is a list of what we may run into at any given time: Structure fires, Fire alarm, Ambulance request, Assist our citizens, Police Department or Public Works Department, Car accidents including extrication, train or plane accident, or assist at the airport. Respond to the tollways and expressways, Industrial accidents, Hazardous materials spills or releases, carbon monoxide responses, Technical rescues (high angle, slope rescue, flooding, confined space rescue, trench rescue, collapse rescue), Swiftwater rescue and water rescue, Fire investigations, Terrorism and Disaster response, and Assisting neighboring towns.

 

Mission Statement

In compliance with professional standards established by our Oath of Office, our Professional Code of Ethics and administrative directives – conduct, act and perform in such a manner that maintains, advances, or restores the publics’ trust, confidence, and sense of safety and security.
 
 
 

Spring/ Summer Safety Tips

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Spring Safety tips for outside hazards—machinery, insects, heat, and more

  1. Wear safety goggles, sturdy shoes, and long pants when using lawn mowers and other machinery.
  2. Protect your hearing when operating machinery. If you have to raise your voice to talk to someone who is an arm’s length away, the noise can be potentially harmful to your hearing.
  3. Make sure equipment is working properly.
  4. Wear gloves to protect from skin irritations, cuts, and contaminants.
  5. Use insect repellent containing DEET.
  6. Follow instructions and warning labels on chemical and lawn and garden equipment. (As a reminder, if workers will be using consumer chemical products in amounts and/or frequencies that exceed typical consumer use, employers must obtain a safety data sheet (SDS) for the product, ensure that it is properly labeled, and train workers in its hazards and safe work practices.)
  7. Reduce the risk of sunburn and skin cancer by wearing long sleeves, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunshades. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
  8. Keep an eye on the thermometer and take precautions in the heat.
  9. When working in hot weather, drink plenty of liquids, but not those that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar, as they can cause you to lose body fluid.
  10. Pay attention to signs of heat-related illness, including high body temperature, headache, dizziness, rapid pulse, nausea, confusion, or unconsciousness.

And remember—if you hire a contractor for landscaping or other outdoor maintenance, it’s important to inquire about the company’s safety record and make sure they train and require employees to follow safe work practices. They may not be on your payroll, but if a contract worker is injured at your facility, OSHA can cite and fine not only the contractor, but the host employer as well.

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