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  New firefighters, fire engine and resolutions
  By Robin Widmar

   On Dec. 30, the Falcon Fire Protection District hired nine full-time firefighters and four part-time firefighters. All firefighters are also certified as emergency medical technicians.
   
   The hiring of these additional personnel means that a minimum of three firefighter/EMTs will be on duty at each of FFPD’s three staffed stations every day. The staffed fire stations are Station 1 (Meridian Ranch Boulevard/Stapleton Drive), Station 3 (Highway 24/Old Meridian Road), and Station 4 (Capital Drive north of Constitution Avenue).
   
   FFPD took delivery of its newest fire engine on Dec. 21. After it is equipped, it will go into service sometime in January. The engine was purchased as part of the district’s pre-existing plan to replace its aging fire apparatus.
   
   New Year’s resolutions
   Turning the calendar page to January often inspires people to improve their lives, so why not improve personal and home safety as well? Here are 10 New Year’s resolution suggestions from the Falcon Fire Department.
  1. Create and practice a home fire escape plan. Learn more at https://nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Safety-in-the-home/Escape-planning
  2. Yield to emergency response vehicles when they are using lights and sirens. Remember this saying: “Pull to the right for sirens and lights!”
  3. Create plans for evacuation and shelter-in-place scenarios, and make sure everyone knows them. (Don’t forget pets and livestock!) For more information visit https://ready.gov/make-a-plan
  4. Create emergency kits for humans and pets. Go to https://ready.gov/build-a-kit for a complete list of items to include.
  5. Learn first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Those skills can save a life!
  6. Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly to ensure they are working properly.
  7. Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at least once a year.
  8. Replace smoke alarms older than 10 years and carbon monoxide alarms older than seven years.
  9. Sign up for emergency alerts from the El Paso-Teller County 9-1-1 Authority. (These are different from Amber Alerts.) Go to https://elpasoteller911.org/246/Emergency-Notification-System to sign up or update existing profiles.
  10. Call 9-1-1 for emergencies, not the fire department direct line. Crews may not be available to take the call, and that will delay the response.
       Fresh advice for an ongoing problem
       In addition to pulling over for emergency vehicles responding to calls, Falcon firefighters want to remind residents that when fire apparatus blocks the road, it is for the safety of emergency crews and anyone they are helping. At traffic accidents, firefighters are trained to position apparatus to protect the crashed vehicles, the occupants of those vehicles and emergency personnel working at the scene. This usually entails blocking one or more lanes, and sometimes the entire road, until the accident has been cleared.
       
       Across the country, there have been many recent instances of fire apparatus being struck by other vehicles, some at high speeds. Had those large trucks not been positioned to protect the scene and had not taken the brunt of the impact, first responders and civilians would have been killed. Losing a fire engine to a crash is expensive, but it is better than losing lives.
       
       Recently, Falcon firefighters have reported close calls involving drivers who ignore warning lights, traffic cones or even the big, red fire engine blocking the road. These drivers have steered their vehicles through emergency cones set up to direct traffic away from the incident, cut dangerously close to apparatus and personnel; and even driven through the middle of accident scenes. These kinds of reckless actions endanger firefighters, EMS personnel and law enforcement officers, as well as the patient being treated on the other side of those warning indicators.
       
       Falcon firefighters are asking residents to heed these important safety tips to ensure everyone’s safety.
    • Slow down when approaching stopped emergency vehicles.
    • Follow the instructions of responders at the scene.
    • Do not drive through traffic cones, between apparatus, or through an emergency scene unless specifically instructed to do so by authorities.
    • Drive slowly around emergency crews and apparatus.
    • When passing an emergency scene, focus on the road ahead and not on what is happening.
    • Put the cell phone down when maneuvering through or around emergency scenes.
    • If a road is closed and an alternate route is necessary, be patient and understand that it is being done for safety reasons and not to inconvenience the public.

       The Falcon Fire Department wishes everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019!
       
       Website: http://www.falconfirepd.org
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       Twitter: @FalconFireDept
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Deputy Chief Jeff Petersma took this photo of the Falcon Fire Protection District new fire engine. Photo submitted
 
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  Safety Tip - For help: ring up the right number
  By Robin Widmar

   Most people know to call 911 in an emergency. In 2017, the El Paso – Teller County 9-1-1 Authority received 327,452 calls to 911, according to its website (elpasoteller911.org). In 2018, the local 911 system averaged 28,149 calls per month through November.
   
   911 should be used only for emergencies such as a crime in progress and/or a life-threatening situation requiring a response by law enforcement, the fire department or an ambulance. However, not every problem requires emergency assistance, so who can people call for non-emergencies?
  • El Paso County Sheriff’s Office non-emergent line: 719-390-5555
  • Power outage: Call the appropriate power company. Mountain View Electric Association customers can call 1-800-388-9881 to report an outage. The company also has an outage map on its website (https://mvea.coop).
  • Water or waste water issues: Contact the appropriate service provider
  • Check local TV and radio stations, their websites and their social media.
  • Follow the National Weather Service in Pueblo on social media.
  • Call the National Weather Service weather recording at 719-573-6846, the 11-News Line at 719-630-1111, or Automated Weather Observation at 719-637-9696.
  • Road conditions: Check online at https://cotrip.org, or call the Colorado Department of Transportation Road and Weather Hotline at 877-315-7623.
  • School closings: Contact the school directly; check school district websites and/or social media; or check local TV and radio stations, their websites and/or their social media accounts.
  • Injured wild animal: Call the Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 719-227-5200.
  • Injured domestic animal: Contact a local veterinarian or the Humane Society of the Pike Peak Region at 719-473-1741. HSPPR also has a list of animal welfare resources on its website: https://hsppr.org/law/who-call-help-el-paso-county
  • Stray livestock in El Paso County: Call the local brand inspector at 719-382-5016
  • To get a telephone number: Call 411 or look it up on Google.
       (Sources: El Paso – Teller County 9-1-1 Authority, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region)
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