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West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department
News - May 11, 2010

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Contents:

  1. Spring Yard Sale, April 30 - May 1, 2010
  2. Install. Inspect. Protect. Smoke Alarms Save Lives
  3. West Roane VFD to Receive FEMA Pumper Truck
  4. Volunteer Reporters and Photographers Needed; Training Available

  • Spring Yard Sale Held April 30 - May 1, 2010

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department held the annual elegant junk yard sale at Station 1 on Pumphouse Road. Many thanks are due to the volunteers and community members who helped make the sale a success.

Spring 2010 Yard Sale PosterDownload 8x11 Yard Sale Poster (PDF, 58kb)


  • Install. Inspect. Protect. Smoke Alarms Save Lives

    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.

  • West Roane VFD to Receive FEMA Pumper Truck

    February 3, 2010: West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department (WRCVFD) is getting a 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant for a much-needed pumper truck worth $201,971.00. The award was announced January 29, 2010.

    Back in the spring of 2008, community members donated over $10,000 in "pumper pledges" to go toward the 5% matching funds required by the grantor. The matching funds monies were raised; now, nearly two years later, the community can celebrate.

    Many thanks to all who contributed to the pumper pledge campaign and who helped with the grant effort. Special thanks go to WRCVFD's Chief Charlie Redwine for writing the grant application.

    Delivery of the pumper truck is expected sometime in the 4th quarter of 2010.


  • Volunteer Reporters and Photographers Needed; Training Available

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department needs very part-time reporters and photographers to provide content for this WestRoane.com web site. No previous technical knowledge is required and free training can be provided.

    Become part of the action, add to your job experience, and have fun all at the same time. Call 354-3116 for more information.



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