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THE FIRE LANE

POSTED May 10, 2011 9:24 p.m.

Fire call summary, April 2011

The Turlock Fire Department responded to a total of 440 incidents during the month of April. These included a total of 293 emergency medical service calls.

Turlock Fire responded to 21 motor vehicle accidents, and 21 commercial/residential fire alarms. There were a total of 16 fire type calls: two building fires, three vehicle fires, four unauthorized burnings, one cooking fire, three vegetation/rubbish fires and three Dumpster fires.

In addition, Turlock Fire encountered an animal rescue call where crews pulled baby ducks out of a storm drain Remaining incidents consisted of public assists, assist to police, extrication, smoke checks, gas leaks, hazmat investigation, etc.

Two additional noteworthy calls included a semi-truck on fire, in which crews were able to isolate the fire and keep nearby exposures — residences, businesses and agriculture — safe. In the second call, crews were dispatched to a “person down” and when arriving on scene, fire and ambulance found the patient with no pulse and not breathing. After aggressive CPR, crews were able to regain pulses and breathing before the patient was transported to the hospital.

Turlock Fire will be hosting a community CPR class on June 11. The class must be paid for in advance to secure registration. Contact Fire Administration at 668-5580 for more information.

 

SAFETY TIP

Water Safety

Water is all around us, and while it’s safe, it also carriers certain dangers you should be aware of when you head out to the water this summer for swimming, fishing or boating. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

·         Learn to swim

·         Children should always swim with an adult

·         Swim in safe, designated swim areas only

·         Stay away from canals; they are not safe for anyone — big, small, young or old

·         Fish at designated sites only

·         When at lakes or reservoirs, always follow the rules set up by the authorities

·         Always wear a life vest while boating, on the lake or out in the ocean

·         Obey all hazard signs because they are in place to save lives

·         Look before you leap or dive, and only leap or dive where it is allowed and safe

·         Know your limits on how good of a swimmer you  are and how far you can swim

·         Don’t mix alcohol consumption with recreation

·         The water may look calm, but there are potential strong currents beneath

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