10/15/2018: Hurricane Michael Deployment Update

The Disaster Response Team headed out at 0400 this morning from Tallahassee to Panama City to be attached to the Urban Search and Rescue Teams (USAR) from all over the country to assist while they perform their missions. Our Strike Team consists of a service from PA and the remaining is made up of a service out of Arkansas that is partly staffed by members of the Memphis Fire Department.

Hurricane Michael Deployment Update

From EMS Chief John Hitchens:

Disaster Response Team today definitely made a difference in Panama City, FL. Responded early this morning to reports of a nursing home that had residents without power. With the shortage of fuel the facility had no more fuel for their generators. We were able to assist in evacuating 40 residents to their sister nursing facility that was fully functional. The staff was AMAZING as they never left their resident’s side while Hurricane Michael pummeled their building. Overwhelmed by the sense of humanity here among the devastation. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings in what new ways we can help the incredible people of Florida.

MFD and SCVFD Visit Storybook Daycare

Photo Courtesy of Storybook Daycare

Members from Morgantown Fire Department Fire Prevention and Star City Volunteer Fire Department spent the morning teaching children about the importance of fire safety.

From Storybook Daycare’s Facebook page:

“Today we had some very special guests visit us at Storybook Daycare! First, The Morgantown Fire Department came in. They read a few books about fire safety and talked to us about what we can do to remain safe if there is a fire!

Then the Star City Fire Department brought their Fire Truck and Ambulance! Each child got a turn to sit in the drivers seat of the fire truck, We all received a tour of the ambulance and fire truck and we even got to try on their fireman hats!”

If you would like to learn more about Fire Prevention/Safety visit our Fire Prevention/Education pages or stop by the station to learn more!

Star City VFD earns “A” rating with WVOEMS

A statement from our EMS Administrator, John Hitchens:

“The Star City VFD & EMS Division recently underwent licensure by the WV Office of EMS. Today, we got the results of that inspection. The Department passed with an “A” rating and all 4 EMS units and 5 Fire units also passed their inspections. This goes to show our dedication to you; the citizens, visitors, and fellow responders in Monongalia County to have ALL apparatus equipped, certified, and ready to respond to any fire or medical emergency in our area.”

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Special “THANKS” to KAMP

Now that members of the Disaster Response Team are back and well rested we would like to take the time to thank KAMP Central Ambulance Service for the use of one of their spare units while our team was deployed. The use of this unit allowed us to maintain all of our current obligations while being able to respond to assist those affected by Hurricane Florence. THANK YOU!!!

SCVFD Receives Gift

“Thin Red Line” SCVFD Oak Flag

Thanks goes out to Appalachian Rtistry and Working Hands For Christ Missions for this stunning Oak “Thin Red Line Flag” gift.  This beautiful piece now hangs in our dayroom as a testament to all those who hold the “Thin Red Line”. Company 20 responded to a vehicle fire of one of the mission team’s vehicles while they were returning home from a mission trip in our state. 

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Kitchen Fire Prevention

There are many ways to prevent a kitchen fire. For instance, no fabrics or flammable items should remain within three feet of a stove or oven for prolonged periods of time. This includes towels, pot holders, oven mitts, and paper towels. Wearing loose clothing while working at a stove or oven should be avoided, as clothing may touch a gas or electric burner and catch on fire. Wiping burners and other surfaces on stoves or inside ovens is also necessary to clean off oil, food particles and other materials which may catch fire when the coils or burners get hot. If there are things residing in cabinets above the stove, remove them for use before starting to cook food, this will prevent clothes from catching on fire while reaching over a hot burner to retrieve items. Utensils containing metal, aluminum or foil, or other metal-based objects, should be kept away from the microwave oven. Never place paper-based materials inside an oven, unless the product’s instructions say to do so, as they may catch on fire at high temperatures. Exceptions may include items such as pizza trays that are made for use within the oven. Removing items from microwaves should be done with a pot holder, as they can be very hot. When using cooking oil, the safest way to heat it is on medium rather than high, to mitigate the potential for oil catching on fire. Leaving food cooking on stoves is generally unsafe as it is possible for food to catch on fire unexpectedly. Soups cooking in pots, or rice simmering in saucepans, are notable exceptions; however it is never safe to leave food cooking in a skillet, especially in oil. Kitchen appliances with frayed or damaged cords should not be plugged in and get replaced, because this elevates the risk of short circuits and an electrical fire.

Children should never be allowed to cook in the kitchen until they are old enough to stand over the stove and see the entire stove clearly. Furthermore, children must first become familiar with the rules of kitchen safety before attempting to cook, and they should always do so only under adult supervision. Anyone who works in a kitchen should familiarize themselves with the type of fire extinguisher that is necessary to fight kitchen fires. These are known as ABC fire extinguishers, or dry chemical extinguishers. These are suitable for putting out ordinary fires as well as those involving flammable fluids such as cooking oil. The method for using a fire extinguisher is called PASS, which stands for pulling the pin, aiming the extinguisher, squeezing the trigger, and sweeping the area where the fire is located, namely the base of the fire, rather than just the flames. Care should be taken, especially during large cooking projects, which typically occur during the holidays. During these periods, the number of kitchen fires is higher than normal.

In Case of a Kitchen Fire

If a kitchen fire breaks out, it is important to know how to extinguish the blaze, or if necessary, how to evacuate. Because fires can break out anywhere, including the oven, it is necessary to have a working smoke detector and to routinely test it to ensure it is in working condition. If a fire emergency does occur, it is also important to know what kind of fire has broken out. Some fires are caused by burning paper or fabrics, while others are caused by hot grease. Unlike other fires, grease fires cannot be put out with water, and in fact water will only make the fire much worse. The way to put out grease fires is to either cover the skillet or pot with a damp cloth, or to pour baking soda over the fire. If the fire is too big for those options, then it needs to be put out with an ABC fire extinguisher. However, if the fire is too big for a fire extinguisher, the safest option is to evacuate and call the fire department by cell phone or at a neighbor’s house. The residents or family should have an escape plan practiced and ready in case of a fire, so that they can evacuate safely and gather at a predetermined meeting place.

Visit Homeadvisor’s Website for Preventing Kitchen Fires for the full article and for several more links regarding home fire safety.

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