1st Annual SCVFD Trail Run

Come out and support the Star City Volunteer Fire Department by running in the 1st Annual Star City Volunteer Fire Department Trail Run. This roughly 3 mile run through the hills of West Virginia will give most runners a nice little challenge. The event will be held at the Mylan Park Event Center in Morgantown, West Virginia. All proceeds will help us better serve the citizens of Star City and Monongalia County. Hope to see you there!

Sign-in will begin at 8 AM with the race starting at 10 AM. Please bring a valid photo ID. All runners under 18 will need to have a parent or guardian sign their waiver on race day.

SIGN UP FOR THE RACE HERE!!!

DIRECTIONS TO MYLAN PARK

 

 

West Virginia leading the nation in fire deaths per capita

Were you aware that WV leads the nation in fire related deaths per capita? Especially during these very cold temperatures of the winter months check and make sure your smoke detectors are working!

Other important things to remember during the winter months:

  • Keep your furnace clean and check that the pilot light is working properly if the furnace utilizes natural gas.
  • If you use a space heater, keep it away from combustible materials.
  • Have all alternative heating sources such as a wood stove examined by an expert to make sure they are functioning properly.
  • NEVER use the oven for heating.
  • Clean and check fireplaces and chimneys regularly.
  • Never use power strips to power electrical heating appliances.
  • Install and test carbon monoxide detectors.

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SCVFD crew gives back

12/5/2017: While shopping at Kroger in the Suncrest Towne Centre, tonight’s duty crew had the opportunity to give back in a different way to our community. Each member of the crew purchased a “Feed the Hungry” box which will give a meal to a local family in need. We encourage all members of our community to think about others everyday, but especially during these holiday seasons to help those in need with their time, money and/or talents. We at Star City VFD and EMS wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season!

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SCVFD “Year in Review”

Star City Fire & EMS celebrated their annual Christmas Banquet last night and it was a huge success. Stay tuned for awards that were presented to your local fire and EMS providers.

Below is the link for the end of year presentation done by one of our own Zach Karn.

View our SCVFD Year end/Banquet Video

Special thanks to Zach Karn who spent countless hours putting the video together!

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Winter Holiday Safety

Carefully decorating your home can help make your holidays safer. Between 2009-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 860 home structure fires per year that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees.
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  • Between 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 200 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries, and $14.8 million in direct property damage annually.
  • On average, one of every 32 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires.
  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in two of every five (40%) of home Christmas tree fires.
  • In one-quarter (26%) of the Christmas tree fires and in 80% of the deaths, some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree.
  • One quarter (24%) of Christmas tree fires were intentional.
  • Forty-two percent of reported home Christmas tree fires occurred in December and 37% were reported in January.
  • More than one-third (37%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.

Christmas Tree Burn Video

Holiday decorations
  • U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 840 home structure fires per year that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees, in 2011-2015. These fires caused an annual average of two civilian fire deaths, 36 civilian fire injuries and $11.4 million in direct property damage.
  • Ten percent of decoration fires were intentional.
  • The decoration was too close to a heat source such as a candle or equipment in two of every five (42%) fires.
  • More than one-fifth (21%) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen. Fifteen percent started in the living room, family room or den.
Candles
  • Candles started more than one-third (36%) of home decoration structure fires.
  • More than half (55%) of the December home decoration fires were started by candles, compared to one-third (32%) in January to November.
  • The top three days for home candle fires were Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve.

Carbon Monoxide Safety

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Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. CO gas is poisonous, can make a person feel sick and in high enough concentrations can be deadly. In your home the heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are all sources that cause dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

How to prevent CO poisoning:

1. When warming a vehicle, move it out of the garage. Do not run a fueled engine indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked.

2. Clear snow away. During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.

3. Clear all debris from dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace vents.

4. Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO. Only use them outside.

5. Have heating equipment and chimneys inspected by a professional every year before cold weather sets in.

6. Open the damper when using a fireplace for adequate ventilation.

7. Never use your oven or stove to heat your home.

 

Carbon monoxide alarms:

1. CO alarms should be installed outside each sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. It is best to use interconnected alarms. When one sounds, all CO alarms in the home sound.

2. Follow the instructions on the package to properly install the CO alarm.

3. Test CO alarms at least once a month.

4. Replace CO alarms according to the instructions on the package.

5. Know the sounds the CO alarm makes. It will sound if CO is detected. It will make a different sound if the battery is low or if it is time to get a new CO alarm. If the battery is low, replace it.

6. If the CO alarm sounds, you must get fresh air. Move outdoors, by an open window or near an open door. Make sure everyone in the home gets to fresh air. Call the fire department from a fresh air location. GET OUT AND STAY OUT until help arrives.

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New equipment placed in service to help our community

From The Dominion Post:

STAR CITY — The Star City Volunteer Fire Department (SCVFD) has made a significant investment for the community this month.

In an effort to provide better care to those suffering cardiac emergencies in Star City and surrounding areas, SCVFD has purchased an AutoPulse Resuscitation System, also known as an automated CPR device. The SCVFD also purchased five new state-of-the-art monitors/defibrillators, which the agency’s EMS division will be using.

SCVFD invested about $25,000 per monitor/defibrillator, and an additional $25,000 for the AutoPulse Resuscitation System.

“This is the only device of its kind being used by fire departments in Monongalia County,” EMS administrator John Hitchens said.

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