Sunday, February 13, 2011
We have recently updated the website to make things a little bit easier for our members and the public. In the next couple of weeks we will have a download page available for people to be able to get information about fire safety, and for our members to be able to access training materials and department information. we also have a guestbook that visitors can sign and leave comments. Please feel free to tell us what you think of the website!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The Volunteers were called out this morning to a reported car rollover on the resevoir road in the town of urbana. Car 21, 2101 and rescue 7 responded. 2101 arrived on scene and found the driver of the vehicle sitting in a passerby vehicle and confirmed that there were no other occupants. The Volunteers were on scene appoximately 30 minutes before returning to service.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The Hammondsport volunteers and the career firefighters from the bath veterans administration got together on a sunday morning to go over some ice/cold water rescue training. both departments suited up and headed into the water to run some scenarios. The outside temparature was only around 16 degrees, which made the training very real. The Hammondsport fire department takes pride in the fact that we work very well with the surrounding fire companies and share training as much as possible. We are all here to do the same job and keeping everyone together with information sharing and tactics is great way to be sure that if there is ever a need for mutual aid, things will run as smoothly as possible.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Hammondsport volunteers responded to Prattsburgh at approx. 1400 hrs. for a commercial building fire. Rescue 7, Truck 2, Car 21, 2101, and 2102 responded with 12 members and went to work. units remained on scene untill approximately 1800 hrs. No injuries were reported.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The Dangers of Ice and Cold Water
· Here on Keuka lake ice and cold water safety is an important issue each winter when too many residents are injured from exposure to cold water. Skaters and ice fishermen fall through the ice; boaters and canoeists overturn their crafts. Unleashed pets run onto the ice and people chase after them. The Hammonsport Fire Department would like to make some information available to help keep you safe around the water.
Cold Water Dangers
· Cold water is any water below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
· Cold water robs the body of heat 25-30 times faster than air.
· Safety experts estimate that half of all drowning victims die from the fatal effects of hypothermia, not from water in the lungs.
What is Hypothermia?
Hypothermia is severe lowering of the body’s internal temperature. This occurs when the body loses more heat that it can produce, which as a result, prevents the heart and lungs from functioning properly. Hypothermia is caused when the body is exposed to cold, chilling winds or by getting wet. Hypothermia can happen on land or in water and progresses quickly.
Symptoms of Hypothermia:
· Absentmindedness or confusion
· Lack of coordination and weakness
· Difficulty speaking or slurred speech
· Uncontrollable shivering
· Semi-consciousness or unconsciousness
To Prevent Hypothermia:
· Wear layers of warm clothing.
· Protect your head and hands from the elements by wearing winter hats and gloves/mittens.
· Keep as dry as possible.
· Always wear a personal floatation device (PFD) when around cold water.
· Carry matches in a waterproof container.
How to Help Someone with Hypothermia:
· First call for medical help immediately!
· If the situation is safe for you to do so, remove the person from the cold water or cold air.
· Remove wet clothing.
· Keep the victim as dry as possible.
· Wrap the victim in blankets or in a sleeping bag.
· Build a fire to warm the victim.
· Give the victim warm fluids to drink (no alcohol or caffeinated drinks).
· Seat the victim in a warm shower or warm bath with the arms and legs of the victim out of the water. This allows the core of the body to warm first.
How thick is "safe" ice?
· Ice on moving water in rivers, streams and brooks is never safe. The thickness of ice on ponds and lakes depends upon water currents or springs, depth and natural objects such as tree stumps or rocks. Daily changes in temperature cause the ice to expand and contract, which affects its strength. Because of these factors, no one can declare the ice to be absolutely “safe”.
· Never go onto the ice alone. A friend may be able to rescue you or go for help if you fall through the ice.
· Always keep your pets on a leash. If a pet falls through the ice do not attempt to rescue your pet, go for help.
· New ice is usually stronger than old ice. As the ice ages, the bond between the crystals decays, making it weaker, even if melting has not occurred.
· Beware of ice covered with snow. Snow can insulate ice and keep it strong, but can also insulate it to keep it from freezing. Snow can also hide cracks, weaken and open ice.
· Slush is a danger sign, indicating that ice is no longer freezing from the bottom and can be weak or deteriorating.
· Ice formed over flowing water (rivers or lakes containing a large number of springs) is generally 15% weaker.
· Ice seldom freezes or thaws at a uniform rate. It can be one foot thick in one spot and be only one inch thick 10 feet away.
What To Do If Someone Falls Through Ice ---------------------------------------------------------- Call 911 imediately!
· Reach-Throw-Go. If a companion falls through the ice and you are unable to reach that person from shore, throw them something (rope, jumper cables, tree branch, etc.). If this does not work, go for help before you also become a victim. Get medical assistance for the victim immediately.
· If you fall in, try not to panic. Turn toward the direction you came from. Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface, working forward by kicking your feet. Once out, remain lying on the ice (do not stand) and roll away from the hole. Crawl back to your tracks, keeping your weight distributed until you return to solid ice
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
With the oncoming winter weather we would like to remind everyone to pay attention to local forcasts and be prepared for slippery road conditions. this is the time of year that we respond to alot of traffic accidents due to weather. Everyone should take extra caution and extra time if they must drive in inclimate weather. stay safe everyone and have a happy holiday!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The Hammondsport Fire Department responded to the reported MVA on Mitchelsville Road at Approx. 1500 hours on 11/17/10. Chief on scene reported a 2 car mva with no entrapment. The volunteers were on scene approximately 1 hour to handle traffic and Help the ambulance with the patients.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
What you should know about fire safety while cooking.
The kitchen is the leading area in the home where fires occur. The following are a few simple
and easy things you can do to minimize the chances of one starting in your kitchen.
To Prevent a Cooking Fire in Your Kitchen
• Never leave cooking unattended.
• Wear short or close fitting sleeves. Loose clothing can catch fire.
• Watch children closely. When old enough, teach them to cook safety.
• Clean cooking surfaces to prevent food and grease build-up.
• Keep curtains, towels pot holders and other flammable items away from stove surfaces.
• Turn pan handles inward to prevent food spills.
• Don’t overload electrical outlets. You might cause an electrical fire by plugging too many appliances
into the same outlet.
• Replace any cracked or frayed cords on appliances.
To Put Out a Cooking Fire in Your Kitchen
• Slide a pan lid over flames to smother a grease or oil fire, then turn off the heat and leave the lid in
place until the pan cools. Never carry the pan outside.
• Keep the oven door shut and turn off the heat to smother an oven or broiler fire.
• For a microwave fire, keep the door closed and unplug the microwave. Call the fire department and
make sure to have the oven serviced before you use it again.
• Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Make sure you have a multipurpose ABC rated extinguisher and
know how to use it.
• For any fires that do not go out quickly, evacuate the area and call the fire department immediately.
• If clothing catches on fire, “Stop, Drop and Roll” – Do not run, this only fans the flames. Stop where
you are, drop to the ground and roll over and over to smother the flames. Cover your face with your
hands to protect it, as well as to shield your throat and lungs from burns. If someone else’s clothes are
on fire, push them to the ground and roll them over and over, or smother the flames with a blanket, a
rug or a coat.
• Cool a burn with running water.
o If someone gets burned, run cool water over the burn for 5 to 10 minutes.
This will prevent continued burning and relieve some of the pain.
o If the burn is blistered, see a doctor as soon as possible. Burns may be worse
than they seem at first.
o If the burn is charred, involves the face, or is larger than 5% of the body, call
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Make this Halloween a time of safe frights by practicing these safety habits.
Halloween is one of the most thrilling nights of the year for children, and also one of the
most dangerous. Halloween can indeed be scary, with increases in pedestrian injuries, burns and
falls among children.
Pedestrians and Traffic
Children should trick or treat in groups and be accompanied by an adult. They should never enter a home
Visit only people you know in familiar areas.
Carry a flashlight to see and be seen. Use reflective tape on costumes, bags and sacks.
your children to stay on the sidewalk at all times and to cross streets at crosswalks and intersections.
Do not cut across yards. Lawn ornaments and clothes lines become “hidden hazards” in the dark. Tell
walking in streets, medians and on curbs. Enter and exit driveways and streets slowly and carefully.
Teach children to exit and enter cars on the curb side, away from traffic.
Motorists – Obey all traffic signs and signals. Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Watch for children
When purchasing a costume, check to be sure it’s flame resistant.
Make sure your costume lets you see and hear perfectly. You need to be able to watch and listen for cars.
Make sure your costume fits. It’s easy to trip on costumes that are too long or shoes that are too big.
costumes so drivers can see them better.
Wear light or brightly-colored clothing. Put “glow-in-the-dark” or reflective patches or strips on your
Teach children to not eat treats until an adult checks them for tampering.
Check any toys or novelty items for choking hazards to children less than three years of age.
Use glow sticks or battery operated candles inside jack-o-lanterns instead of open flame candles.
Keep candles, pumpkins with candles, matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
If you do use candles in your jack-o-lanterns, never leave them unattended.
Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
could be ignited.
Indoors, keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from curtains, decorations and other combustibles that
Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized
wires, or lose connections. Discard damaged sets. Don’t overload extensions cords.
Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare
or an apartment unless accompanied by an adult.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Every Wednesday night The Hammondsport Firefighters have a work session to do maintainence and check the trucks out for service. This is an important task to make sure the apparatus is allways at the ready in case of an emergency.
The Firefighters do a number of tasks on Wednesday nights. Keeping the trucks clean and in good working order is a must for any department. They also check the portable equipment like, saws, portable pumps, Jaws of life, and the portable lighting systems and generators.
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