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THE FIRE LANE

Turlock Fire Department Call Summary September 2011

POSTED October 11, 2011 9:50 p.m.

The Turlock Fire Department responded to a total of 400 incidents during the month of September.

These incidents included a total of 262 emergency medical service calls. Turlock Fire responded to 25 motor vehicle accidents, and 17 commercial or residential fire alarms. There were a total of 20 fire type calls: one building fire, two vehicle fires, two unauthorized burnings, two cooking fires, seven vegetation and/or rubbish fires, one fire in a structure categorized as “other,” three Dumpster fires, one outside equipment fire and one additional fire classified as “other.”

The remaining incidents consisted of public assists, power lines down, assist to police, animal rescue, smoke or odor removal, smoke checks, gas leaks and a hazmat investigation.

Additional noteworthy events included a building fire. Upon arrival, fire crews found smoke and fire coming from the roof of a house. Crews entered the house and were able to stop the fire from advancing and causing more damage. An early 9-1-1 call from a neighbor was also an important factor in helping to mitigate the damage from this fire.

Another noteworthy call was a motor vehicle accident on Highway 99. Upon arrival, crews had patients with minor injuries but also had one person pinned in their vehicle. Fire crews performed extrication with the Jaws of Life to remove the patient from the vehicle.

The raining season has arrived; the roads will be slippery when wet, so please drive cautiously.

 

Annual Open House

The Turlock Fire Department’s annual open house event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Fire Station No. 1, located at 540 E. Marshall.

Bring your family and join your local fire department in demonstrations, informational booths, food and more. For more information, call fire administration at 668-5580.

 

Change your clock, change your battery

You can help to prevent needless fire deaths and injuries by remembering to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time on Nov. 6.

Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors regularly. Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year, or as soon as the alarm "chirps" warning that the battery is low.

Never "borrow" a battery from a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors. Never disable smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors.

Smoke alarms don't last forever. Replace yours once every 10 years. Plan regular fire drills.

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