Volume No. 16 Issue No. 11 November 2019  

  Time to change the clock
  By Robin Widmar

     Ambulance updates
   The Falcon Fire Protection District has hired five paramedics who will also be cross-trained in basic firefighting skills. Their scheduled start date was Oct. 27. See more information in the FFPD board meeting writeup by Pete Gawda.
   Fire engine update
   In mid-October, FFPD staff members were at Rosenbauer General conducting the final inspection for the districtís newest fire engine. This is the last purchase in a three-year apparatus replacement plan, which replaces two aging engines; a new engine was added to the fleet when Station 4 opened in May 2017.
   Change the clock, change the battery
   Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3. That means it is time to change the clocks again, but it is also a good time to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Once batteries have been replaced, test all alarms to make sure they operate properly. Then set a reminder to test the alarms every month.
   While the alarm is off of its bracket, take a look at the manufacture date. Smoke and CO alarm sensors degrade over time, so alarms must be replaced periodically. Replace smoke alarms older than 10 years, and CO alarms older than seven years. (Old alarms can be taken to the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility for disposal.)
   Stay connected with the Falcon Fire Protection District
   Website: http://www.falconfirepd.org
   Facebook: Falcon Fire Department
   Twitter: @FalconFireDept
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