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Turlock City Fire call summary, July 2013
David Mallory was promoted from the rank of Fire Engineer to the rank of Fire Captain. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Turlock Fire Department responded to a total of 532 incidents during the month of July. These included a total of 309 emergency medical service calls. Turlock Fire responded to 27 motor vehicle accidents, and 23 commercial/residential fire alarms. There were a total of 35 fire type calls: 3 building fires, 4 vehicle fires, 14 grass/ rubbish fires, 5 Dumpster fires, 1 cooking fire, 2 excessive heat, scorch burns, 1 outside storage fire, 1 authorized controlled burn, 3 unauthorized burning, and 1 water vehicle fire. Remaining incidents consisted of public assists, assist to police, fireworks explosion, water or steam leak, smoke checks, gas leaks, haz-mat, power lines down, and chemical spills.
NOTEWORTHY EVENTS: Turlock Fire Department would like to congratulate David Mallory on his promotion from the rank of Fire Engineer to the rank of Fire Captain. Captain Mallory has been training and preparing for this position for the past three years. His preparation and readiness for the position of Fire Captain was very noticeable during the testing process. He along with five other candidates participated in a competitive assessment center that consisted of an oral examination, fire simulation test, written examination, and employee conflict simulation. All four parts are designed to test the candidate's knowledge, skills, and abilities; making sure they meet the standards set by the Turlock Fire Department to protect the citizens of Turlock and what matters most. Mallory did an outstanding job throughout the testing process, and we believe he will be a great representative for the department.
SAFETY TIP: NEVER leave a child alone! More than 500 children have died in hot cars since 1998.
-Dial 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car. EMS professionals are trained to determine if a child is in trouble.
-Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the window slightly open.
-Even if it's only 80 degrees outside, a car with its windows up can quickly become as hot as 130. Heat enters via the car's glass windows, but can't escape via ventilation, creating a "greenhouse" effect.
-Distractions have inadvertently caused people to leave children behind in cars. Set something you will need with the child in the backseat. This triggers you to see the child when you reach for your belongings.
-It could take as little as 10 minutes for a child to die when left in a closed car, so in other words take the child with you because there's very little margin for error.