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'Yard Sale' May 10-11
West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department held its annual "elegant junk" yard 'sale' at Station 1 on Pumphouse Road near Rockwood on May 10 and 11 (Friday and Saturday before Mother's Day) from 8:00 AM until dark each day.
The event was a success, bringing in $3255.87 total after expenses. Many thanks are due to all those who volunteered and to all who donated.
AEGIS Insurance Honors Employee-Volunteer, Gives Grant
January 18, 2013: AEGIS Insurance Service awarded West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department a $500 Volunteer Grant to recognize employee Rick Durham. Rick has volunteered as an Associate Member of West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department for the past 4 years, since relocating to the area from Georgia. Many thanks go out to Rick and AEGIS for all their help.
Pictured L-R: Tabatha Burke (President), Charlie Redwine (Chief),
Tom van Dalen (Treasurer) and Rick Durham (Award Recipient)
Volunteer Recognition Dinner
WRCVFD's annual volunteer recognition dinner was held Friday, December 14th, at 6:00 pm in Station No. 3 on New Hope Road.
Ray Butler was named Firefighter of the Year. Tom van Dalen was lauded for his excellent work as Treasurer; other volunteers were also honored. West Roane County owes many thanks to all the hardworking people who have volunteered so much.
West Roane VFD Gets Cooling Vests, Misters
July 23, 2012: West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (WRCVFD) has received new rehab cooling equipment designed to help firefighters and victims recover from heat stress. This follows the recent hospitalization of a firefighter at the Whites Creek forest fire.
After learning that WRCVFD lacked cooling rehab, an anonymous local citizen donated over $3000 for the 6-person vest system.
Heat stress can affect us all, especially in high summer temperatures. For more about the effects of heat on health, see this 906kb PDF.
West Roane volunteer firefighters try out new cooling vests
Change Your Smoke and CO Alarm Batteries When You Change Your Clocks
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms when they change their clocks for Daylight Saving Time. Fresh batteries allow smoke and CO alarms to do their jobs saving lives by alerting families of a fire or a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in their homes.
CPSC estimates there was a yearly average of 386,300 residential fires resulting in nearly 2,400 deaths between 2006 and 2008.
Two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. That is why it is important to replace batteries at least once every year and to test your alarms every month to make sure they work. CPSC recommends consumers have smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside bedrooms and inside each bedroom.
CPSC estimates there was an annual average of 183 unintentional non-fire CO poisoning deaths associated with consumer products between 2006 and 2008. CO is called the "invisible killer," because it is a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas. Because of this, people may not know they are being poisoned. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of fuel in various products, including furnaces, portable generators, fireplaces, cars and charcoal grills.
That is why it is important to have working CO alarms in the home, on each level and outside each sleeping area.
Nineteen Firefighters Complete Training Courses
February, 2012: West Roane firefighters completed required training courses this month, including Emergency Vehicle Operations, Vanessa K. Free, and Blood-borne Pathogens. Classes, which included both classroom on February 4 and field training on February 11, were taught by Brian Grief with the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads.
WRCVFD Chief Charlie Redwine writes,
I am very proud of this group for taking time out from their schedule to ensure that WRCVFD remains compliant in just one of many tasks required in firefighting. I might add that Brian Grief did a very good job and I am very appreciative of him doing this for us. Thanks again to all for a job well done.
Photographs from the training courses are available in the Photos section of this site: February, 2012: Firefighter Training -- Emergency Vehicle Operations, Vanessa K. Free, Blood-borne Pathogens (photos by Chief Charlie Redwine).
Every year in the United States, about 3,000 people die in home fires. Most of these deaths occurred in homes that didnít have a working smoke alarm.
The United States Fire Administrationís Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign is aimed at encouraging Americans to practice fire safety by 1) installing and maintaining smoke alarms and residential fire sprinklers, which can help save the lives of residents and fire fighters, 2) practicing fire escape plans, and 3) performing a home safety walk-through to remove fire hazards from the home. Install. Inspect. Protect. also recognizes firefighters and stresses the fact that the children of firefighters want their fathers and mothers to come home safely.
When both smoke alarms and fire sprinklers are present in a home, the risk of dying in a fire is reduced by 82 percent, when compared to a residence without either. According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2003-2006 almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
The USFA offers a few helpful tips on smoke alarms and sprinklers:
- Place properly installed and maintained smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your home.
- Get smoke alarms that can sound fast. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends that every home and place where people sleep be equipped with both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.
- Test smoke alarms monthly and change alkaline batteries at least once every year, or as instructed. You can use a date you already know, like your birthday or when you change your clocks as a reminder.
- If possible, install residential fire sprinklers in your home.
- Avoid painting or covering the fire sprinkler, because that will affect the sensitivity to heat.