North Shore Fire/Rescue provides fire, emergency medical and life safety services to the City of Glendale and the Villages of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, River Hills, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay.
October 6 through the 12th marks Fire Prevention Week. While preventing fires is a year round activity for North Shore Fire/Rescue, this week we take a few extra minutes to focus on prevention of fires. North Shore Fire/Rescue is partnering with our local schools to spread the word about fire prevention and will be visiting thousands of children over the next few days as part of our prevention efforts in school. While we spend significant time with these children, it is also important to remember that prevention of fire is everyone’s fight.
The fire problem in the United States is an ongoing and continuous battle for the fire service and the public alike. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), 81% of all fire deaths and 76% of all fire injuries occurred in residential buildings. Each year there is an estimated:
· 365,500 residential building fires reported to U.S. fire departments
· 2,560 deaths
· 13,275 injuries
· $6.6 billion in property loss
As the Fire Chief of North Shore Fire/Rescue, I am asking all of our residents to join together to help reduce the number of home fires and the resulting deaths, injuries and loss of property. Our organization is there for you when fires occur, however, prevention of those fires require you, the residents, to assist us. Remember, fire is everyone’s fight.
To assist us, I would ask that you:
· Move from viewing home fires as unavoidable accidents to understanding that they can be prevented
· Learn the actions you can take to prevent home fires, particularly cooking fires
· Install smoke alarms and keep them in good working order
Resources for doing the three items above are available at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/cooking.shtm.
If you have further questions, feel free to contact one of our neighborhood fire/rescue stations. Contact information is available on our website at http://www.nsfire.org/index.php?Fire-Stations-and-Apparatus-13.
Thank you for taking time to help spread the word and supporting our organization.
Robert C. Whitaker
Robert C. Whitaker