Dispatched by Marion County Emergency Communications
If you are short of everything but smoke, flame and heat,
you are in a fire.
If you're not gaining on the fire, the fire is gaining on you. - Lieutenant David DeStefano, Engine Co. 3, North Providence (R.I.) Fire Department
Burns Fire Department - Chief Barry Black
God watches out for fools and firefighters, because some days He can't tell us apart. - Jeff Smith, Galveston Fire Department
Durham Fire Department - Chief Verlin Sommerfeld
Firefighting: One of the last profession making house calls. - Firefighter Tina Case Millington Volunteer Fire Company
Florence Fire Department - Chief Mark Slater
Better to have water trickling out the door than to have fire blowing out the windows! - Firefighter / EMT Brian Heuler, New York
Goessel Fire Department - Chief Larry Jay
If you can't move forward, you are going backwards, no matter what your feet are doing. The fire is always getting bigger or smaller; it never stays the same. - Darrel Crane, San Bernardino County Fire
Hillsboro Fire Department - Chief Ben Stetketee
Being a chief is making sure all the firefighters go home with all their parts working.
Lehigh Fire Department - Chief Brian Unrau
The garbage man doesn't get excited when he turns the corner and sees trash, because he's expecting it. Likewise, you should be expecting fire on every run. - (The Late) Lieutenant Andy Fredericks
Lincolnville Fire Department - Chief Lester Kaiser
When on an emergency, be the firefighter who sweats from doing the job, not the firefighter who sweats because he does not know his job. - R. Hill, engineer, Eugene (Oregon) Fire Department.
Lost Springs Fire Department - Chief Blaine Gehrke
Sometimes you save the buildings. Sometimes you make parking lots, and there is nothing you can do about it. - Leo Stapleton, from Thirty Years on the Line.
Marion Fire Department - Chief Mike Regnier
If you use a fog pattern, bring your own mustard....cuz you're the hot dog! - Lieutenant Russ Chapman, Milford Fire Department, Milford Connecticut
Peabody Fire Department - Chief Bret O'Dell
Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but firefighters don't have that problem. - Ed Bartley, engineer, Salida Fire Department
Ramona Fire Department - Chief Alan Bentz
Our job is to protect the public from themselves. - Captain, Wichita Fire Department
Roxbury Fire Department - Chief Michael Becker
The more we sweat in training, the less we bleed in battle. - Jeff Busby, captian/training officer, Perry Township Fire Department, Stark County, Ohio
Tampa Fire Department - Chief Ron Mueller
A firefighter is a hero only once, which is the day he joins the department. Everything else is done in the line of duty. - Lt. Carl DeMarco, Morrow Fire Department
Walton Fire Department
How to report a fire
First and foremost, DON'T PANIC. The greatest tragedies occur when people panic and are unable to decide what to do. Knowing a few simple rules ahead of time will avoid tragedy when the emergency occurs.
The golden rule in all cases is: IF YOU ARE IN A BURNING STRUCTURE, GET OUT IMMEDIATELY. Do NOT try to save valuables, get extra clothing, or report the fire from the same building. Once outside, NEVER GO BACK IN, FOR ANY REASON. The greatest risk (and cause of loss of life) is when people re-enter a burning structure, often to attempt a rescue of someone else or a pet, or to obtain valuables. Fire is a fast-moving and deceptive phenomenon, and if you are caught inside, you will most likely perish, along with anyone else (and your mission will still be unaccomplished). NEVER GO BACK IN! If there is someone trapped and visible at a window, attempt to reach them from outside. Be prepared to tell arriving responders where trapped persons or pets are, and forget the valuables (items can be replaced, people cannot). Once outside, go immediately to a neighbor's house and dial 9-1-1. Tell the call-taker that you are reporting a fire, and YOUR address. Remember, you are calling from a different house, so 9-1-1 sees the neighbor's address, not yours. Tell them what is burning (your house, a car, a shed, etc). Also tell them if anyone else may be still inside, and where they may be located (upstairs bedroom, basement, etc.). If you come upon a fire somewhere else, know where you are when you call. This is especially important if you are calling from a wireless phone.
If you become trapped in a fire, remember-DON'T PANIC. You have a small amount of time to think and take steps to give yourself enough time to survive until rescue arrives.
Always have and practice an escape plan from your house, and especially have a meeting place outside away from the house where everyone knows to stay after they get out.If you are still inside, remain as low to the floor as possible, as this is where deadly smoke and flames will go last.
Fire prevention is better than fire extinguishing. Practice effective fire safety, including having working smoke detectors, good electrical wiring, keep kitchen appliances clean, and NEVER smoke in bed.
REMEMBER: call Marion County Emergency Communications at 620-382-2144 before you light that brush pile or do agricultural burning !!
Children & Fire Life-Saving Tips
1. Keep matches, lighters and other ignitables in a secured drawer or cabinet out of the reach of children.
2. Have your children tell you when they find matches and lighters.
3. Always dress children in pajamas that meet federal flammability standards. Avoid dressing children for sleep in loose-fitting 100 percent cotton garments, such as oversized T-shirts.
4. Teach children not to hide from firefighters, but to get out quickly and call for help from another location.
5. Show children how to crawl low on the floor, below the smoke, to get out of the house and stay out.
6. Teach children a signal to alert the rest of the family to get out if they hear a smoke alarm.
7. Demonstrate how to stop, drop to the ground, and roll if clothes catch fire.
8. Develop a home fire escape plan and designate a meeting place outside.
9. Familiarize children with the sound of your smoke alarm.
10. Help your child test every smoke alarm each month and replace its batteries at least once a year.
11. Replace mattresses made prior to the 1973 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard.
12. Check under beds and in closets for burnt matches, evidence your child may be playing with fire.