- Fire Emergencies
A Fire Emergency is any that requires an immediate response from a Fire Department. These could include but are not limited to:
- Car Fires
- Field Fires
- House Fires
- Weather Related Emergencies
Remain Calm & Remain on the Line
Stay as calm as possible and answer the questions that are being asked. Remember that we are not delaying Emergency Response by asking these questions. Do not hang up the line until you are advised to do so. You may be asked to stay on the line until Emergency Responders arrive on the scene.
As well as the questions that are asked for all emergencies, you may be asked the following questions:
- What is on Fire?
- Can you and others in the structure get out or are you trapped?
- If you are trapped, where in the building are you and others?
- How close to a structure is the fire (If the fire is a vehicle or field fire)?
There may be other questions that arise due to the answers to any of the above questions.
Things to Remember
- Do not panic! Remain calm.
- If you are in a burning building, try to get yourself and others out immediately! Do not try to save valuables or pets. Once outside, never go back in. If someone is still inside try to determine where they are and see if they can get to a window then attempt to reach them from outside.
- If you are trapped in a burning building: Do not panic! Try to put as much space or as many rooms between yourself and the fire. Close all the doors between you and the fire. If you have a phone with you, call 911 immediately and let them know where in the building you are. Seal the bottom of the door with sheets, rugs, clothing or anything else you can find to prevent smoke from coming in. Remain close to the floor and near a window. When you can hear or see the Fire Department get to the window and do whatever you can to attract their attention.
- If you come across a Fire Emergency, do not place yourself in harms way before trying to assist.
- Have an escape plan for your house and make sure everyone in your household is familiar with it. Practice it often especially for younger children until everyone knows what to do.
- Check your smoke detectors frequently to ensure they are working and replace batteries regularly. Early detection is the best way to get everyone out safely.
- Your local Fire Department will be more than happy to help you learn Fire Prevention.