The Turlock Fire Department responded to a total of 503 incidents during the month of July. These included a total of 307 emergency medical service calls.
Turlock Fire responded to 19 motor vehicle accidents and 18 commercial/ residential fire alarms. There were a total of 44 fire type calls: 2 building fires, 3 cooking fires, 3 unauthorized burning, 4 special "outside" type fires, 11 vegetation/ rubbish fires, 2 electrical wiring type fires, 10 dumpster fires, 7 vehicle fires, 1 excessive heat scorch burn, and 1 authorized control burn. Remaining incidents consisted of public assists, assist to police, animal rescues, smoke checks, gas leaks, and power lines down.
Turlock Fire Department would like to congratulate Stephan Dalporto and Cameron Kaiser on their promotion from the rank of Firefighter to the rank of Fire Engineer. Both candidates have been training and preparing for this position for the past two years. Their preparation and readiness for the position of Fire Engineer was very noticeable during the testing process. All candidates were tested in an oral examination, written test, equipment identification exercise, and manipulative test.
The Turlock Fire Department would like to address campus fire safety this month. According to The Center for Campus Fire Safety - Fire Fatality Data: From January 2000 to the present; there have been 79 documented fatal fires that have occurred on a college campus, in Greek housing or in off-campus housing located within 3 miles of the campus and claiming a total of 114 victims.
• Sixty-six fires have occurred in off campus housing claiming 95 victims.
• Seven fires have occurred in on-campus buildings or residence halls claiming nine victims.
• Six fires have occurred in Greek housing claiming ten victims.
One fire related death is one too many. That's why it is important for any student heading off to college this year to take some necessary steps in protecting themselves and their roommates. The following are a few good questions to ask before moving on campus or signing a lease:
• Are working Smoke Alarms installed (in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, on every home level, and interconnected so all alarms sound if any single alarm detects smoke)?
• Is there a working CO Detector?
• Are there at least two ways to exit your bedroom and your building?
Is a sprinkler system installed and maintained?
• What is the evacuation procedure for the dorms?
These simple questions will help protect you college student in the event of a fire. Working smoke detectors increase a person's chance of survival in a fire by 50 percent. For more information regarding fire safety, contact your campus safety advisor or stop by your local fire station.