Monday, October 8, 2012
Elizabethtown Fire Department would like to remind you that this is National Fire Prevention Week! This years theme is "Have 2 Ways Out". We encourage you to plan two escape routes from every room in your home and have a designated meeting place outside. It is important to test your smoke detectors monthly and change your batteries at least twice a year. Attached you will find a link to a resource guide you can use with your children to help plan your home escape routes.
On average, one house fire is reported every 85 seconds in the United States. U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,640 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage. Cooking is the leading cause for house fires for the past 20 plus years. We remind you to never leave your cooking unattended.
Members will be providing fire prevention training at various locations over the next few weeks. If you would like us to come to your organization, school or business, please contact us at 717-367-5300.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
State-of-the-Art Siren System to be Tested for Three Mile Island
Full Volume Three Minute Siren Soundings to be conducted on the following dates and times:
1) Thursday, October 4th at 12:30pm
2) Thursday, October 18th at 12:30pm
There will be up to 6 siren soundings occurring every 1.5 hours on the following dates and times:
1) Thursday, November 1st beginning at 8am; backup date of November 2nd for inclement weather
2) Thursday, November 15th beginning at 12:30pm if additional testing is needed.
Residents should contact their county Emergency Management Agency at the following numbers if they have any siren concerns or questions:
Lancaster County: 800-808-5236 Dauphin County: 717-558-6900 Lebanon County 717-272-7621
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Over the past two years, the Elizabethtown Fire Department
has implemented increased training standards to comply with the NFPA 1001:
Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. Our personnel have been
subjected to written tests and practical skill evaluations for the Job
Performance Requirements set forth in NFPA 1001. We are proud to announce that
94% of our active firefighters have met or exceeded nationally
recognized and sanctioned Professional Qualification standards!
The Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner
created a voluntary “Participating Department” program to verify a department’s
certification level and to acknowledge those that have achieved a certain
percentage of participation. These levels currently exist at 5, 10, 50, 75 and
100% participation rates.
In July, the Elizabethtown Fire Department (EFD) began the
verification process with the State Fire Commissioner’s Office. During this
process, our department provided a list of our firefighting personnel as well
as their training records for authentication. We received word this week that
we successfully completed the process and have been certified as a
participating department at a rate of 75% making us only the fourth department of 78 fire departments in Lancaster County to reach this level (Note:
currently no Lancaster County department has been certified to the 100% level).Congratulations to the members for their accomplishment and thank you for all your hard work and dedication!
Friday, September 14, 2012
On Friday, September 14th, Elizabethtown Fire Department will be hosting a golf tournament fundraiser at Sunset Golf Course in Middletown, PA. Elizabethtown is a 100% Volunteer Department responsible for raising nearly 60% of our operating expenses.
Golfer registrations are now available. Download the golfer registration form and return it to the address listed on the form. www.firecompanies.com/MFC/public/userfiles/2012 Golfer Registration_Final.pdf
Sunday, September 9, 2012
On Sunday September 9, 2012 members from Station 74, 70 and
75 traveled to Berks County Fire School for a live burn scenario. Stations demonstrated
proper hose line management and effective communication skills throughout the
day. Great job to all stations that participated.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Bigler and Cortney as we welcome Bryce Allen Bigler into the world. He
was born on August 29th, 2012 at 04:40 hours. He is 7 pounds, 7 ounces
and 20 1/4 inches long. Everything went well and everyone is in
perfectly good health.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
A generous donation from the Rotary Club of Elizabethtown
combined with grant money from FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security along with a community partnership with B&G Lumber of Elizabethtown have enabled the
Elizabethtown Fire Department (EFD) to continue its current “Smoke Detector
Life Safety Initiative” through which the department makes available life
saving smoke detectors to the residents of the community that would otherwise
be unable to afford them. 38% of fire related deaths occurred in structures without
smoke detectors. Another 24% of deaths occurred in homes with detectors that
failed to operate, usually due to dead or missing batteries (NFPA, 2011). To combat these alarming statistics EFD implemented this
program (along with many other departments across the state and nation) several
years ago with detectors provided by a local television news agency. Over the
course of the program, the supply of detectors has dwindled and budget
constraints have made the survivability of the program difficult. EFD
distributed the last of its detectors in April of this year and was set to use
funds earmarked for the purchase of fire prevention materials that are usually
distributed to young children during presentations throughout the year to keep
the program going.These funds in conjunction with the partnership formed with
B&G Lumber, a local business who has agreed to sell the detectors and
batteries to EFD at their purchase price, without profit, has enabled EFD to secure a greater
number of detectors for the same cost further extending the life and reach of
the program.Any resident of the greater Elizabethtown area in need of smoke
detectors (or new working batteries) that cannot afford them or is physically
unable to install them can stop by the fire department or call 717-367-5300.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
At 15:07 hours, Rescue 74-1 (shriner), Truck 74 (Smith) Lt. 74-1 (Myers) assisted by Rescue 71 (Bainbridge) responded to the 1800 block of Bainbridge Road for a crash with entrapment. Crews arrived to find one car on its roof and no entrapment. Crews assisted ems with two patients and clean debris. Units cleared the scene with 45 minutes.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Around 1800 hours, Rescue Engine 74-1 and personnel made their way out to the West Donegal Township Building for National Night Out. Crews displayed the Rescue along with tools and gear provided by the volunteers. A big thank you to Northwest Regional Police for making this night happen for our community.
Run. Hide. Fight.
Below is an informational video produced by the Houston, Texas Office of Homeland Security containing tips to suriving an "Active Shooter Incident" that may occur in places of public assembly such as schools, malls, restaurants and many more.http://youtu.be/5VcSwejU2D0
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