Staying safe in the heat

Star City Volunteer Fire and EMS offers tips to stay safe in the heat. Check out our segment on WBOY where we offer advice not only for Mountainfest, but also to stay safe during hot summer weather at all times.

  1. Always drink plenty of water while in the heat even if you do not feel thirsty
  2. Limit your consumption of alcohol
  3. Take frequent breaks during strenuous outside activity
  4. Stay in a shaded place as much as possible during extended outside activity
  5. Wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose fitting clothing
  6. If possible remain indoors in an air conditioned place during times of extreme heat
  7. Check on friends and neighbors
  8. Know the signs of heat related illness and get help for yourself or others if the signs/symptoms are present:
    1. Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale, ashen or flushed skin; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion. Move the person to a cooler environment with circulating air. Remove or loosen as much clothing as possible and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fanning or spraying the person with water also can help. If the person is conscious, give small amounts of a cool fluid such as a commercial sports drink or fruit juice to restore fluids and electrolytes. Milk or water may also be given. Give about 4 ounces of fluid every 15 minutes.
    2. Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that usually occurs by ignoring the signals of heat exhaustion. Heat stroke develops when the body systems are overwhelmed by heat and begin to stop functioning. Signs of heat stroke include extremely high body temperature, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; confusion; vomiting; and seizures.
      1. Heat stroke is life-threatening. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
      2. Rapidly cool the body by immersing the person up to the neck in cold water, if possible OR douse or spray the person with cold water
      3. Sponge the person with ice water-doused towels over the entire body, frequently rotating the cold, wet towels.
      4. Cover the person with bags of ice.
      5. If you are not able to measure and monitor the person’s temperature, apply rapid cooling methods for 20 minutes or until the person’s condition improves.

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CPR/First Aid: Day 1

What a great day we had here at Star City Fire and EMS! EMS Captain Jamie Murray was able to certify 14 people in the lifesaving skills of CPR and First Aid. We are very proud of this accomplishment by Jamie and hope to be able to certify more people on our second day. Would YOU like to learn the lifesaving skills of CPR and First Aid? Join us at station this Thursday May 25th for our second day as we offer FREE TRAINING CLASSES at 9am, 1pm or 4pm.


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EMS week festivities

EMS Week is coming SOON! 

May 21 – May 27 is National EMS Week recognizing EMS providers across the nation.  This year for EMS Week the Star City Fire Department and its EMS Division would like to give something special back to our community, the gift of life.  The Star City Fire Department will be providing FREE CPR classes on May 22nd and May 25th during EMS Week at 9am, 1pm, and 4pm each day in honor of EMS Week.  Just come to the department 10 minutes prior to any start time for registration and our staff of instructors will certify you in CPR and First Aid at no charge after completing the class.  You will also get to meet your dedicated citizen volunteer firefighters and the staff of the EMS Division while learning the lifesaving skills of CPR and First Aid.  If you have any questions feel free to call the station and we will be happy to answer your questions!


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Lotto Raffle

The Star City Volunteer Fire Department is selling “Lotto Raffle” tickets for a fundraiser to occur during the month of July. Each ticket is a $5.00 donation and gives you 26 chances to win!! The daily winner is based on the WV Lottery “Daily 3” each day the numbers are drawn. To get your ticket(s) see any SCVFD member, stop by the station, send us a message via FACEBOOK or call the station at (304) 599-1539. Thank you for supporting your citizen volunteers of Star City Volunteer Fire Department.

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Cornhole Tournament

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the cornhole tournament scheduled for Saturday, April 15th has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and hope to reschedule for a later time. Please contact us if you have any further questions. Thank you for your continued support of Star City Volunteer Fire Department!

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“Fire is everyone’s fight”

“Fire is Everyone’s Fight” is a FEMA program designed to unite the fire service, civilians and many others in a collaborative effort to reduce home fire injuries, deaths and property loss. FEMA estimates that 16,000 people are killed/injured by fire every year. The most common cause of fire is cooking.

Simple steps to take to help prevent fire and related injury while cooking are:

  1. Be as cautious as possible while cooking and baking.
  2. Do not wear loose fitting clothes while cooking.
  3. Keep a “3 foot kid free zone” around all cooking areas.
  4. Keep all burnable materials clear of all hot surfaces / open flame.
  5. Turn pot/pan handles in.

SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES!! Make sure to install smoke detectors inside and outside all sleeping rooms as well as on every level of your home with hard wired detectors with battery backup being the best option. Make sure to test all detectors once a month and change batteries every six months.

Seconds count in case of a fire emergency. Make sure to establish and practice multiple routes to escape your home in case of a fire. Once safely out of your home GET OUT, STAY OUT and do not re-enter the structure for ANY reason.

Below is a short video presented by FEMA and the United States Fire Administration that you can share with your friends and family to help educate them about the dangers of fire.


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