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Feb 15, 2008

Community Fire Protection District opens it doors for station tours for groups of all ages.  The tours consist of a look at where the firefighters live and work and all the apparatus that they use while responding to emergency situations.    You will also be shown all the tools and equipment on all the apparatus.  You will also learn about household hazards and when to use the 911 system. All  kids will receive coloring books, badges and helmets. To schedule a tour please contact our office at least 24 House prior to the tour for availability and reservations at 314-428-1128.


Feb 15, 2008

Fire Prevention Week 2008 will be observed the 5th of October Thru the 11th of October.  Community Fire District offers tours for the kids and grown ups alike.  We also will be making rounds to the schools to go over fire safety and to show the apparatus to the kids.  The theme for Fire Prevention Week will be announced the first of June.This is a very busy week for the firefighters and paramedics so you must make reservations. For reservations please call our office at 314-428-1128.

 

 

History of Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow - belonging to Mrs. Catherine O'Leary - kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you've heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O'Leary, for more than 130 years. But recent research by Chicago historian Robert Cromie has helped to debunk this version of events.

cowThe 'Moo' myth
Like any good story, the 'case of the cow' has some truth to it. The great fire almost certainly started near the barn where Mrs. O'Leary kept her five milking cows. But there is no proof that O'Leary was in the barn when the fire broke out - or that a jumpy cow sparked the blaze. Mrs. O'Leary herself swore that she'd been in bed early that night, and that the cows were also tucked in for the evening.

But if a cow wasn't to blame for the huge fire, what was? Over the years, journalists and historians have offered plenty of theories. Some blamed the blaze on a couple of neighborhood boys who were near the barn sneaking cigarettes. Others believed that a neighbor of the O'Leary's may have started the fire. Some people have speculated that a fiery meteorite may have fallen to earth on October 8, starting several fires that day - in Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as in Chicago.


Feb 15, 2008

 

   Recently Community Fire District implemented the File for Life program.  This is a nation wide program that allows Paramedics and Emt's to have quick access to you medical history, emergency contacts, list of medications in case of a life threatening emergencies.  These are free to the public at all three of the Engine houses or call our office at 314-428-1128 Monday - Friday 8:00am till 4:00pm.

 

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File Of Life Packet

 Benefits to emergency rescue teams

  • Instantly know medical history of patient.
  • Corrective treatment can begin at once.


Benefits to hospital emergency staff

  • On arrival, data is immediately available to medical staff.
  • No wasted time getting information from a confused patient


Benefits to each individual

  • Peace of mind knowing they will have prompt and quality care.
  • Easy access to potentially life-saving information.
  • Assurance that proper persons will be notified quickly.

Feb 15, 2008

Community Fire District has formed a partnership with Youth in need to become a safe place site.  All three engine houses within the fire district are now marked with a Safe Place placard.  This establishes the engine house as a place that a child can utilize if they fear they are in danger.  Firefighters have been trained in the procedure if a youth is in need of a safe place and will shelter the child and contact a crisis counselor.  The child will then be made comfortable until a crisis counselor comes to take the child to an emergency shelter.  Community  Fire District is proud to offer this service, and this is another example of the community partnership that is spelled out in our mission and vision.  For more information on Safe Place please contact us at (CFPD) 314-428-1128 or contact (Youth in Need) at 636-946-3771.

 




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