FAQ

How may I get a tour of a Fire Station?

You may either stop by your local fire station between 8am and 5pm and ask for a tour, or you may (and we recommend) contact us to schedule a tour. Remember, even when tours are scheduled the tour may be cut short or cancelled due to the station receiving an alarm and having to leave.

Why is it necessary for Fire Fighters to break windows and cut holes in a roof?

As a fire burns, it moves upward and outward. Breaking the windows and/or cutting holes in the roof (called ventilation) stops the damaging outward movement and enables firefighters to fight the fire more efficiently, actually resulting in less damage to the structure and its contents.

Why does a fire truck respond with the ambulance?

D7FR prides itself on the delivery of state of the art emergency medical services to our community. The fire truck is staffed by cross trained firefighter/paramedics and firefighter/EMT’s. A fire truck is dispatched with the ambulance on many calls for various reasons. In some cases the fire truck may be closer and can initiate medical care before the arrival of the ambulance. District 7 also uses very aggressive pre-hospital emergency care treatments and the fire truck and ambulance crews together make a highly efficient team to provide you with an unsurpassed level of care.

But what can a fire truck DO for me if I am sick or hurt?

The fire truck carries much of the equipment that you would find on the ambulance. The fire truck crew can secure the scene, provide an assessment of your medical condition and begin treating most conditions before the ambulance arrives on the scene.

Why when I call for an emergency, do I sometimes see an ambulance or fire truck from another City?

During the course of a day it is not unusual for two or three emergencies to occur at the same time. If our crews are busy, we will dispatch a unit from another city. This mutual-aid works both ways; therefore, crews are commonly dispatched to the other municipalities.

You must also realize that D7FR is surrounded by other Towns, and that it is sometimes necessary for fire trucks and ambulances from other cities to pass through segments of District 7 while responding to emergency calls.

Why do I sometimes see fire trucks or ambulances running with their lights and sirens on, and then suddenly they turn them off?

Emergency lights and sirens are used only when responding to a call. Apparatus responding to calls are frequently cancelled, or the first arriving unit determines that the call is not an emergency and tells the units to respond in a non-emergency mode, or to return to their station.

When I am driving and I am approached by an emergency vehicle, what should I do?

When you become aware of an approaching emergency vehicle, pull to the right and stop. If you are approaching an intersection and see an emergency vehicle that is approaching the intersection from behind you or another direction, come to a stop preferably one or two car lengths back from the intersection. These simple maneuvers can result in seconds saved by the emergency vehicle and can translate into a huge difference for someone who is having a medical emergency or is experiencing a fire.

How do I check my smoke detector?

Every smoke detector has a test button, usually in the center of the detector. Press the test button and hold it for a few seconds. If it is working correctly, the alarm will sound and will automatically stop when you release the button. Remember to test your smoke detector monthly and change the batteries twice a year.

Does the fire department do free blood pressure checks?

Any D7FR Fire Station will do free blood pressure checks without an appointment, granted they are in the station and not on a call.

 

How do I refill or check my fire extinguisher?

D7FR does not service or refill fire extinguishers. Look in the “yellow pages” under “fire equipment” to locate companies that do.

Why do we see fire department crews at the store?

Because the crews work a 24-hour shift, they must eat their lunch and dinner at the station. The firefighters all eat the same meal, as a group. The crews pay for their food out of their own pockets. Each morning, after the equipment is checked and the housework completed, one of the vehicles will then make a quick trip to the grocery store to purchase the food for the shift. All crews remain in service to respond to calls during this time.

How many smoke detectors do I need in my home and why is my smoke alarm making a funny sound (chirping)?

You should have at least one smoke detector in each bedroom, in the hallway outside each bedroom and at the top of all stairways. Smoke rises, so the best place to install a detector is on the ceiling or high on an inside wall approximately 6-8 inches below the ceiling. However, do not install a smoke detector within three feet of any device that might blow the smoke away.

Anytime your smoke detector goes off, it’s important to pay attention. If it’s sounding its loud alarm it’s because it senses the presence of smoke; check your home thoroughly. If you smell smoke and are unable to locate a fire, call 9-1-1 and we’ll send an engine to make sure that a fire isn’t smoldering in a hidden area and it won’t cost anything. If you don’t smell smoke, the detector may be reacting to the presence of dust, steam, or a small insect or spider. Dust and bugs can be removed by a vacuum cleaner. If steam from a nearby shower is affecting your smoke detector regularly, move the detector to a different spot.

If the detector is just chirping, thumping, or buzzing, it probably means that the battery is low. Replace the battery as soon as possible. Without a working battery, a smoke detector can’t do its job and the risk of dying in a fire increases greatly.

 

What is the best kind of fire extinguisher for my home?

A multi-purpose fire extinguisher is best for the home. Look for the rating to be at least 2A 10B C on the label. This extinguisher can be used on any type of fire commonly found in the home (it will often be labeled A-B-C). It is recommended that an extinguisher be installed in the kitchen and in the garage.

Why did so many firetrucks come when I just had a fire on my stove?

The fire department bases its fire response on the type of call reported to us. In the event of a stovetop fire, we are dealing with a fire in a structure. These fires have the potential to become very serious, very quickly, endangering occupant’s lives and property. We are not on the scene and have no way to judge how serious the call is until we arrive. Therefore, our goal is to have an ample amount of firefighters on the scene of your fire within minutes of you calling 9-1-1.​