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Firefighter 1 Transition Class

IMG_5150[1]Great Trail Firefighters training at the Stark County Hazmat facility. Here Chief Garra is explaining the difficulty in using level A chemical suits. This is part of the training the firefighters are doing for the firefighter 1 transition class, being taken through Stark State College.     

Turkey Safety


Turkey Fryer Safety

NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to consider looking for grocery stores, specialty food retailers, and restaurants that sell deep fried turkeys, or consider a new type of “oil-less” turkey fryer.”

 NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gasfueled turkey fryers that cook the turkey in hot oil. The use of turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property.

The Dangers of Turkey Fryers

  •  Hot oil may splash or spill during the cooking. Contact between hot oil and skin could result in serious injury.
  •  A hot oil spill can happen with fryers designed for outdoor use using a stand. The fryer could tip over or collapse causing the hot oil to spill. Newer countertop units using a solid base appear to reduce this risk. NFPA does not believe the risks of either type of turkey fryer to be acceptable because of the large amount of hot oil involved and the speed and severity of burns.
  •  In deep frying, oil is heated to temperatures of 350° Fahrenheit or more. Cooking oil is combustible. If it is heated above its cooking temperature, its vapors can ignite.
  •  Propane-fired turkey fryers must be used outdoors. They are very popular for Thanksgiving. Many parts of the country may have rain or snow at this time of year. If rain or snow hits the hot cooking oil, the oil may splatter or turn to steam, leading to burns.
  •  Turkeys must be completely thawed before placing in the fryer, because a partially thawed turkey will cause the oil to splatter causing serious burns.
  •  The fryers use a lot of oil, about five gallons. Considering the size and weight of the turkey, extreme caution must be taken when placing and removing the turkey from the fryer to be sure its is not dropped back into the fryer, splattering the oil on the chef.

$164,572 Awarded to the Great Trail Fire District!

The grant was awarded from the Federal, FEMA Fire Acts Grant (AFG).

Great Trail personnel applied for this grant and it will go towards Personal Protective Equipment ($111,150) and Training ($61,650). The District will only have to provide a 5% match of $8,228.

It will provide for needed replacement of outdated SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus).

Presently we use 2 different types and 7 different models of SCBA.

This grant will allow us to purchase 1 brand of SCBA at today’s standard, so firefighters can operate in a safer condition with every FF having their own mask and gain muscle memory in operating only 1 style of SCBA.

The 2nd part of the grant will allow firefighters to be trained at a higher standard and state certification. The funds will allow for members to be trained here locally making it more convenient to put in the additional hours of training.

These two items were two of the District’s main goals when they formed in 2012.

A little about the AFG. The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

Summer Safety Tips !


Photo Courtesy of: Christopher Aloi


Grilling Safety:

* All propane and charcoal barbecue grills must be used outdoors to avoid fire hazards andtoxic gases such as carbon monoxide.
* Keep grills clear from overhanging branches, house siding and deck edges and railings.
Also position the grill far from foot traffic.
* Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line.
* Remove grease or fat buildup in the tray(s) below the grill to avoid a fire.
* Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire – the flame can
flashback into the container and explode.
* Wear well-fitted clothing when barbecuing. Loose articles and flammable material, such
as nylon, should be avoided.
* Supervise children around outdoor grills. Announcing a three-foot ‘safety zone’ around
the grill is an effective way to keep both children and pets at a distance.

Use Caution around Fireworks!


Photo Courtesy of: International Association of Firefighters

Each year thousands of people are injured by fireworks. While they are considered a staple to the North American 4th of July holiday, they can very quickly ruin, an otherwise enjoyable celebration.

Fireworks by the numbers – (courtesy of the NFPA)

  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.