THANKSGIVING: LEADING DAY FOR HOME COOKING FIRESProper Precautions Make a
Safe, Festive Family Holiday
Cooking is the leading cause of
all fires in Ohio and the United States, and Thanksgiving Day can increase the
likelihood of such a fire. The State Fire Marshal is reminding Ohioans about
the dangers of cooking fires this holiday season.
“The biggest problem is
unattended fires. If no one is watching, things can get out of control fast,”
says State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers. “Stay in the kitchen when you are
frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food. And if you are simmering, roasting
or baking, check the food regularly, use a timer and never leave the house
while a heating source is on.”
-Marshal Flowers offers the
following tips to reduce the 65% of holiday fires that occur due to cooking:
a safety zone: keep children and pets three feet away from the stove and oven.
hold a child or pet while cooking.
wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
potholders, oven mitts, towels and anything flammable away from your stovetop.
food and grease from burners and the stove top. It can catch on fire.
you must use a turkey fryer, keep it outside, away from buildings and other
structures, such as garages, carports and decks. Never leave the turkey fryer
unattended. The turkey should be thawed prior to frying. Always follow the
an ABC multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water on
a grease fire. Water and grease are a dangerous combination. Water can cause
hot grease to splatter.
- If you are cooking and a fire
starts, turn off the heat source, put a lid on it, and Get Out!
In addition, Marshal Flowers
encourages Ohioans to have a working smoke alarm installed on every level of
the home and in each bedroom or sleeping area. Each member of the household
should know the home fire escape plan and practice it twice a year. Guests
should be aware of the escape plan and the location of any fire extinguishers
in case there is an emergency.
Valley City Fire Department has placed its new engine in
service. Engine 11-2 has replaced old Engine 12 which was purchased in 1992. Engine
11-2 was purchased from Pierce for $354,000 including the trade value of old
Engine 12. Engine 11-2 is equipped with all of the latest safety features and
equipment. This engine is used as our supply engine. It is the second apparatus
to respond to a fire and it supplies water to engine 11-1 which is the attack
engine. It is also used for all mutual aid fires we respond to. Click HERE to see the equipment carried on Engine 11-2.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 1229
On 10/23/2013 at 1229 two personnel from Valley City Fire
responded as part of the Medina County Hazmat Team to an asphalt tanker on fire
which was leaking liquid asphalt. Multiple fire departments from the area also
responded to set up a tanker shuttle. The fire was extinguished and the leak
Click HERE for additional pictures
Picture of old Engine 12, New Engine 11-2, and Engine 11-1. Engine 11-2 replaced Engine 12.
From Left: Old Engine 12, New Engine
11-2, Engine 11-1
Old Engine 12
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
VCFD personnel attended
MTD health and wellness fair on 16 October 2013 to share fire safety/prevention
and EMS awareness information and literature with all in attendance. VCFD
members also promoted the County EMA mass notification system for those living
in Medina County. It was estimated that VCFD members met with 200-300
employees over the course of the day. The VCFD thanks MTD and its
employees for the invitation to join them for the day.
Sunday, October 6, 2013 0800
The Medina County All Hazard Team trained at Smith Brothers on Marks Rd on October 6th 2013. The All Hazard Team is a county wide team which responds to specialized rescues and hazardous situations across the county. Currently the team has 4 main disciplines it is equipped and trained to handle, Hazardous Materials, Rope Rescue, Trench Rescue, and Structural Collapse/Confined Space Rescue. The team members are comprised of members of fire departments from across the county. Four members of Valley City Fire Department are members of the team.This was one of a series of training's the team has had to prepare for rescuing a person from a grain bin. Grain bin rescues present a variety of unique challenges to rescuers such as, poor access into bin, unsafe atmospheres in the bin, product in the bin, and a lack of safe anchor points for the ropes. Today the training successfully tested the system that was designed over the past few training to complete these rescues.Click HERE for Additional Pictures
Monday, August 26, 2013
Thank You for another successful Street Fair. A portion of
the money collected this year went towards the purchase of new, up to date
equipment for our new Pierce Engine which we will be taking delivery of within
the next 2 weeks.
Also congratulations to Mike Engelhaupt for being voted as
the new association president.
Click HERE for additional Street Fair Pictures
Saving Minutes is a software program for Medina County's special needs population that may include those on respiratory devices and those individuals with disabilities. These individuals would be unable to evacuate their home without assistance or they are reliable on a life saving medical device that requires power if such an emergency requires them to shelter-in-place. If you are an individual or have a family member with special needs please visit the website above and sign up. This gives first responders the ability to find these citizens in a more timely manner during a disaster or emergency!Click HERE to Sign Up
See the links below for severe weather information on preparing before a storm, action to take to stay safe during a storm, and recovery and safety information after the storm. Click HERE for more information on the Warning Sirens and Reverse 911 System.Severe WeatherTornadoesThunderstorms & LightningFloods
Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:34
On June 20, 2013 @12:34: VCFD
responded mutual aid for Brunswick Hills Fire Department to 4730 Grafton Road
for a structure fire. VCFD, Strongsville, Hinckley, and Medina Township all
came to help Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Fire Departments. VCFD responded
with Engine 12 with 3 firefighters and Tanker 13 with 2 firefighters. There
were 4 residence of the house with their two dogs and a guinea pig; all of who
escaped with no injury. Per the Gazette,” fire officials think the fire started
in the garage and the damages to the house are estimated at $200,000 and other
property damage was estimated at $200,000”.Click HERE to read the story published by "The Gazette".
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