Station 41 was fully staffed during Hurricane Sandy to repsond to calls in Reisterstown and surrounding areas. Thankfully it was a relatively quiet few days.
Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company organized a fire safety demonstration for the kindergarten classes at Glyndon Elementary school. They did well as they new what to do if their clothes caught on fire (stop, drop, and roll) and what to do if there was smoke in the house (get down low on the floor and move out of the house). They got to go through the engine and one of the teachers donned our bunker gear.
It’s 3 a.m. You and your family are sound asleep and awake to the beeping smoke alarm. You are tired and confused from the effects of the smoke. You know you need to get to safety, but when you head for the front door, you find that escape route is blocked by fire that is spreading by the second. What do you do?
While this scenario is one I hope you never have to encounter, the statistics tell us that many people do every day. According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010. That added up to 369,500 home structure fires, which caused 13,350 injuries and 2,640 deaths. We also know that most fatal fires kill one or two people. However, in 2010, 19 home fires killed five or more people, resulting in 101 deaths.
The numbers are scary, but there is something you can do to help ensure your family’s safety should a fire break out in your home: Have Two Ways Out!
The Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company is teaming up with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2012, to urge residents to “Have Two Ways Out!” This year’s theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.
Only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. And of the three-quarters of Americans who do have an escape plan, less than half actually practiced it. As we saw in the scenario above, fire is unpredictable. Seconds and minutes can mean the difference between life and death. We want to ensure that Reisterstown residents know what to do if a fire breaks out in their home. Preparation is an important part of being able to deal with an emergency and it is crucial you take steps to prepare your family for the potential of a home fire by having an escape plan and practicing it.
Although preparing for the unexpected is difficult, reviewing the information below and taking action based on it to plan for a fire could save lives. Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company recommends the following tips for planning your family’s escape:
If you have children and want to make this a family activity
- Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
- Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
- Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.
- Sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape drill with everyone living in your home.
- Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and practice the drill twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.
If your family is all adults:
- Walk through you home and identify two ways out of each room.
- Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped.
- Make sure everyone knows the emergency number for your local fire department.
- Practice your escape drill twice a year.
To learn more about “Have Two Ways Out!” visit NFPA’s Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.
Today was the beginning of the Reisterstown Festival which always is begun by the parade.
The Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company was out at the National Night Out in Reisterstown at Chartley Plaza with both Engines, Squad, Special Unit, Utility and Ambulance. Juniors from our Junior program showed kids around the apparatus.
Just before midnight on Friday, severe thunderstorms worked their way across Carroll County into Baltimore County. The hardest hits areas were south of the Reisterstown area. During the peak of the storm, Engine 412 and Rescue Squad 414 were first due on an apartment fire in Randallstown from quarters. Power outages in the Pikesville area have caused water pumping station outage. As water towers empty, the Reisterstown area will notice a significant drop in water pressure. Residents are asked to conserve water until the water towers are refilled. Full water service is expected to be restored by Sunday morning.
On June 11, 1913 the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company was formed. After suffering 3 disastrous fires, members of the community joined together to raise a total of $412.29 to form a fire company. The meeting minutes from June 11, 1913 will be read this evening at our weekly meeting. The membership of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company would like to extend a big thank you to all who have contributed to our long success. The original meeting minutes can be read here.
Station 41 had a busy night tonight. We started out testing hose on the Engines as part of standard safety tests. During our hose tests S414 and E412 handled a firebox in Glyndon’s area (which ended up being a light smoke from a lawnmower entering a house). About 30 minutes after returning to service S414 got a call for a local firebox in 56’s area. We were arrived and staged and then was cleared.
Tonight at approximately 6:30p a firebox came out for dwelling fire on St Paul Ave in Glyndon. Reisterstown’s Engine 412 and Squad 414 arrived shortly after Engine 401 and setup for a fire attack with a 1 3/4″ handline. Two off the engine went the front door, through the house to keep the fire from spreading in the house. The squad’s crew went to division 2 to open the walls up to stop fire getting into the house. All crews remained on-scene for approximately 2 hours and then returned to service.