October was Fire Prevention Month and Milton Fire-Rescue made a commitment to teach all the children in grades K-5. With the theme of this year’s NFPA Fire Prevention initiative being “Hear the Beep where you Sleep”, hopefully all of your homes are equipped with working smoke alarms in areas of the home where people sleep.
SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES!
Having working smoke alarms in conjunction with an effective home evacuation plan has proven time and time again to be the most important home safety measure you can take to protect lives in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide incident. Practice getting out of the home safely and efficiently will greatly reduce life loss!
With colder weather already upon us, Milton Fire-Rescue would like to remind residents and property owners to prepare for home heating. Cleaning of chimneys greatly reduces or eliminates the occurrences of chimney fires. Chimney fires can have devastating effects to homes if the integrity of the liner or the construction of the chimney itself is inadequate. Cracks or holes in the chimney can lead to fire creeping through and catching the home on fire. On a similar note, furnaces need to be serviced regularly to ensure the efficiency and to ensure deadly carbon monoxide won’t escape into the living space of your home. Early detection of carbon monoxide can be easily obtained through combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms installed throughout the homes.
Looking forward, Milton Fire-Rescue will be requesting a bond approval in March, from the residents to construct a new facility. This past March an approval was granted for funds to design and produce blueprints for the proposed station. We would like to thank the residents for supporting this very important phase towards construction of the new building. The plans and blueprints are completed and the project will be out for bid shortly to interested contractors. The project cost will be made available after the bidding process is complete and made public. Our need for a new facility is not going away; in fact everyday there is a new discovery of some sort to solidify our need. Whether it is a new ground water leak seeping through the walls in the lower portion or the upper concrete floor sagging lower and lower, the need is real and the need is now.
Everyone here would like to wish the residents, visitors and travelers of Milton a very safe and happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, as the name suggests, is time to give thanks to what is important to you. Here, we are thankful of our ability to serve you with high quality EMS and fire suppression. We are always finding ways to improve ourselves to serve you, the Town of Milton, better! We finished off October answering 50 calls for service; among those calls a few were simultaneous calls that were answered without delay.
Capt. Taatjes is seen here at the scene of a multiple alarm structure fire in the City of Rochester on October 29th.
Photo credit Shawn St. Hilaire