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Thu. Jan 10th 2013
On Thursday Jan. 10, 2013
seventeen (17) members
met at Station 20 @ 6PM
for a pizza dinner and
then headed to the
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Fri. Oct 12th 2012
Fire Prevention Week Activities
On Friday Oct 12th
Week activities at
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Sat. Feb 18th 2012
Live Fire Training
Saturday Feb. 18, 2012
again saw firefighters
from Station 20 and
Station 40 (Windsor VFD)
working together with
live fire tr...
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Carrsville Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 27
Carrsville, VA 23315
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Residential fire prevention/suppression technology research funding opportunity
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is accepting Small Business Innovation Research grant applications for projects related to the development and improvement of technologies for fire prevention, alerting of residential fires, and fire suppression. Applicants must be small businesses. Read the funding announcement at: grants.nih.gov/grants/Funding/sbir.htm. Application deadline: Dec. 5, 2014.
2014 National Preparedness Month toolkit now available
National Preparedness Month is right around the corner! This September's theme is Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare. The Ready Campaign is gearing up to bring your community many great resources and tools for preparedness. Get started planning your preparedness events and National Day of Action with the just-released 2014 National Preparedness Month toolkit!
New program helps fire departments plan for older adult fire safety
A new program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is available to fire departments and other community organizations to help plan and implement fire safety interventions for the high-risk group of older adults. The Fire-Safe Seniors program uses home assessments, smoke alarm installation, education and follow-up to ensure a comprehensive approach to fire prevention. A free toolkit is available to help you implement the program. For more information, visit the USFA website at www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/older/
Mary Marchone honored with national fire safety award
Mary Marchone, a U.S. Fire Administration/National Fire Academy (NFA) training specialist for the Fire Prevention (Management) curriculum, is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education. The award was presented on May 1 at the 26th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C.
Updated report: Residential Building Electrical Fires (2009-2011)
The U.S. Fire Administration has released an updated report on home electrical fires. From 2009-2011, an estimated 25,900 home electrical fires were reported to fire departments within the United States each year. These fires caused an estimated 280 deaths, 1,125 injuries and $1.1 billion in property loss. Home electrical fires resulted in greater dollar loss per fire than nonelectrical fires. Download the free report from our website at www.usfa.fema.gov
Theme for the 2014 Arson Awareness Week is announced
The theme for this year's Arson Awareness Week (May 4-10) is Vehicle Arson: A Combustible Crime. For more information and resources you can use to increase awareness about vehicle arson in your community, visit the U.S. Fire Administration's website at www.usfa.fema.gov/aaw/.
New resources for National Fire Incident Reporting System users
In support of National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) users, the U.S. Fire Administration is now publishing NFIRSGrams: short bulletins that provide coding help to fire department personnel using NFIRS. NFIRSGrams address frequently asked questions and common mistakes made when completing incident forms. Visit www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/nfirs/training/ for the latest NFIRSGram bulletins and to sign up to receive them through email.
Federal committee releases strategic plan to support emergency medical services nationwide
The Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) has reached consensus on a strategic plan that maps action steps for federal support of optimal emergency medical services (EMS) systems nationwide. The five-year plan provides a framework to synchronize interagency efforts and strengthen EMS practices, principles and strategies throughout the United States. Download the FICEMS Strategic Plan from the EMS.gov website at www.ems.gov/ficems/plan.htm
Recommendations for safer emergency vehicle and roadway incident response
Our latest study report, Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative (2014), provides best practices and recommendations for safer emergency vehicle and roadway incident response. Topics covered include common crash causes and crash prevention, internal and external factors for improving response and roadway safety, vehicle design and maintenance, and regulating emergency vehicle response and roadway scene safety. Download this free report from the U.S. Fire Administration's website at www.usfa.fema.gov.
We are constantly looking for grants made available by various organizations to help us fulfill our obligation to our community. Over the past 5 years, we have been very fortunate to obtain almost $500,000.00 in grants. With these grants we have purchased a new fire attack engine, new turnout gear, training aids, forestry firefighting equipment, a thermal imaging camera and other miscellaneous equipment. Soon, a new ambulance will occupy our station, 80% paid for by a grant from the State Dept. of EMS. This is money that we have not had to pull from the local tax revenues to provide our citizens with the best protection possible. It is important to know, we not only give of our time to service our community, but we are taxpayers too. It is also important to point out, if the volunteer system were to go away, the cost of fire and rescue in Isle of Wight would go up by millions of dollars a year. In 2013, the TOTAL operating budget from the County for Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services was $1,215,583.00. The total County Budget was $94,460,625.00. That means that Volunteer Fire & Rescue agencies received 1.2% of the overall County operating budget. We have long been good stewards of the Citizens tax dollars. We will continue that tradition as long as we are able. Contact a member today or fill out the online application if you would like to join our team!
Holiday & Winter Home Safety
The holidays and winter months present their own specific safety considerations in the home. Learn how to protect yourself and your family by minimizing the risk of fires and other hazards.
Heating the Home
At the beginning of each winter season, get your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional before using it. Buildup in the chimney can cause a fire if it is not properly cleaned.
Portable Heaters & Space Heaters
Make sure all heaters are in safe working condition. Place space heaters at least three feet away from anything that could catch fire, including paper, clothing, and furniture. (Do not use heaters to dry clothing.)
Small children and pets should not be left alone with heaters. Make sure to turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
When choosing decorations for your home avoid materials with the following characteristics:
- Sharp or breakable.
- Flammable or combustible.
- Anything that a child could swallow or inhale or might be tempted to eat.
If you decorate with candles, keep them away from decorations, evergreens, or other combustible materials. Never place candles on trees.
Keep candles in stable holders where they cannot be knocked over. Do not leave children unattended with lighted candles.
Following these tips can help make life safer year-round, not just during the holidays.
- Keep candles, matches, and lighters out of the reach of children.
- Install at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home, including near sleeping areas.
- Keep fire extinguishers in the kitchen, laundry room, and garage. An extinguisher with an ABC rating can fight fires caused by paper, wood, cloth, flammable liquids, and electrical short circuits.
- Make a family plan for fire emergencies. Practice your escape plan.
- Use your common sense. Identify potential danger spots in your home and take the proper precautions.
Sun. Jun 23rd 2013
Head on Collision
At 08:05 Station 20 was
dispatched to an MVA with
injuries at the
Carrsville Hwy and Union
Camp Dr. E-22 resp...
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Tue. May 28th 2013
At 12:47 Station 20 was
dispatched to an MVA at
the intersection of
Walters Hwy and
Carrsville Hwy. E-20 and
M-20 responded. ...
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Thu. May 23rd 2013
At 19:14 station 20 was
dispatched to a MVA on
Walters Hwy near Lawrence
Dr. E-22, M-20, and 202
responded. Units arrived
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