wednesday, october 8, 2014
This year all across the country Fire Prevention Week is in full swing. Please join me in honoring the memory of one of our own, Challis Blum end of watch July 9, 1999, and the ultimate sacrifice all of our heroes gave to make California and our country safe.
According to legend, 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 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. Unlike the events recorded in folklore, we don’t have to look very far to see the devastation that the most recent fires have had in Pope Valley, the nine Bay Area counties, Central California, and other western states. All of the television interviews carry the stories of individuals that have lost everything, except their lives. Those who survived the ordeal will never forget what they have been through, and the bravery and heroism of the firefighters who saved their lives. In every event, all of the residents echoed a second message, “the flames were huge and the fire moved so fast!” With this statement in mind, I want to encourage every resident, visitor, and business in Angwin to pause for a few seconds and review your fire prevention plans and test your smoke detectors on a monthly basis. In order for us to survive a catastrophic event we need to maintain our vigilance and collaboration between residents, visitors, and our fire department. Let us continue to proactively engage in vegetation hazard reduction, clean creosote from solid fuel heating equipment and chimneys, avoid unnecessary risks, keep gutters free of debris, move heaters away from flammable materials, replace frayed electrical cords, practice our home and community evacuation plans. When we collectively perform these and other safety steps we dramatically improve our community’s level of safety.
Again, thank you for your unwavering support, partnership, and efforts to keep Angwin safe.
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As we are out talking to the schools about Fire Safety you can also do the same in your own home!
Visit our Community Resources for lots of Safety Topics like Escape Planning, the Fire Alarm Pledge, Drowsy Driving and much much more!
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