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COOKING SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
   
Monday, November 21, 2016 
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Did you know Thanksgiving day is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment? More cooks in the kitchen can sometimes mean more fires, don't let your home become a statistic! Here are some tips to keep your family safe as we kick off the start of the holiday season!

  • Stay in your home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food
  • Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove; let them help prepare food by setting up stations away from the stove or in another room
  • Be sure to keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging and towels - away from the stovetop
  • Thoroughly thaw out frozen turkey before you deep fry it, and always deep fry outside your home or garage
  • Have a fire extinguisher handy
For more information, please visit the Nation Fire Protection Association's sites on cooking safety and Thanksgiving safety.


 
CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS, CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES!
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 
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It's almost time to Fall Back! As you change your clocks back one hour this Saturday night (November 5th) please remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms!

The National Fire Protection Association's Change Your Clocks/Change Your Batteries program promotes the changing of all household smoke detector batteries twice a year in order to raise awareness of the importance of properly working household smoke detectors. It is proven that working smoke detectors save lives.

Below are some tips for making sure the smoke alarms in your home are maintained and working properly:
 

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound.
  • If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  • The manufacturers recommend that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms be replaced every 10 years.
  • Reminder: Electric wired smoke detectors in residences have battery back-ups.
  • Compressed air can be used to blow out detectors and reduce the chance of false alarms.
     
Residents with questions and/or concerns about updated smoke alarm requirements may contact the O’Fallon Fire Department at 618.624.4515. You may also visit National Fire Prevention Association’s web site at www.nfpa.org/smokealarms for more information.


 
THE EXPLORER POST IS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS!
   
Monday, October 17, 2016 
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Know someone between the age of 14 and 20 that wants to learn more about the fire service? Check out our Explorer Program!

Explorer Post 4300 is a division of the Boy Scout’s Learning for Life Program. The goal is to provide Explorers with a basic understanding of the fire service. Explorers who have participated in our program have gone on to complete college level Fire Science and EMT/Paramedic degree programs and have joined the ranks of the Fire Service as Volunteer and Career Firefighters.

Objectives:

* Academic Knowledge / Professional Development
* Team Building - Crew Dynamics / Interaction
* Hands-on Practical Skills Training
* Emergency Medical Skills - First Aid/CPR
* Physical Fitness

Participation Requirements:

* Must be a graduate of 8th grade and between the ages of 14 and 20.
* Must be able to attend weekly drills every Thursday from 6:30pm to 08:30pm.
* Required to maintain a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average at school.
* Complete assigned duties/responsibilities in a timely manner.
* Comply with dress and personal conduct codes.
* Willingness to make improvements and show self motivation.
* Required to participate in community service events and fundraising activities.
* Explorers will be issued educational material, personal protective equipment, and uniform items all of which must be returned if the Explorer leaves the post for any reason.

Further Information and Questions:

* Come see firsthand what our Explorer Program has to offer. Stop in on a Thursday evening to observe
one of our training sessions.
* For further information or if you have questions, please contact the Post Advisor Lieutenant Brad White at BWhite@ofallon.org or Chief Brent Saunders at BSaunders@ofallon.org.

There is an informative fyler attached if you would like to download the information to hang up.


 
CONNCET WITH US ON FACEBOOK!
   
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 
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O'Fallon Fire is now on Facebook! Head over to www.Facebook.com/OFallonFireRescue to connect with us, see what's happening within the community and learn about fire safety!


 
SEPTEMBER 11TH MEMORIAL WALKWAY DEDICATION
Monday, September 12, 2016 
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Today several members of our Department attended the September 11th Memorial Walkway Dedication hosted by our friends at the Belleville Fire Department. We were honored to be a part of such an important dedication to remember all the firefighters, emergency medical professionals, police officers and civilians who perished on this day 15 years ago.


9/11/2001
We Will Never Forget


 
STAY SAFE IN THE EXCESSIVE HEAT
   
Thursday, June 16, 2016 
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The heat wave continues! Remember to check on your elderly neighbors to ensure they're staying cool and be sure all pets have plenty of water and shade if they're outside. If you need to escape the heat and do not have access to air conditioning, the O'Fallon Public Safety building is a cooling station and is in operation from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m!

For more details about how to stay cool during excessive heat, please check out the city bulletin here.


 
JOIN US FOR OUR 17th ANNUAL SPRING GOLF CLASSIC!
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 
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Spring is back, and with it comes our 17th Annual Spring Golf Classic! Join us Friday, June 3rd at Tamarack Country Club for a shotgun start at 11:00am! The Spring Golf Classic serves as our primary fundraising activity that supports not only O'Fallon but the entire fire protection district!

Generous support from community members just like you has made our Spring Golf Classic a success for over 15 years! There are several ways that you can contribute - tiered hole sponsorship, forming a team of four golfers, donating attendance prizes or by purchasing raffle tickets!

Tax deductible hole sponsorships are available at the following donation levels:
~$500 (or more) - Chief Sponsor
~$250 - $499 - Deputy Chief Sponsor
~100 - $249 - Assistant Chief Sponsor

  • All sponsorships will include a sign on a tee-box with recognition at the  pavilion on the day of the tournament!
     
  • We are also seeking the donation of attendance prizes to be given to golfers participating in the tournament, along with items to be auctioned
You may give your hole sponsorship and/or attendance prizes to any member of the O'Fallon Fire Department, call us and we will come pick up the item, or simply mail your donation to:

O'Fallon Fire Department
Attn: 17th Annual Spring Golf Classic
P.O. Box 332
O'Fallon, IL 62269

Should you have any questions concerning our tournament or would like to form a team of golfers please contact Golf Committee Chair, Nick Fensom at 618.409.8772 or via email at nfensom@ofallon.org

Thank you for your continued support!


 
CELEBRATING 125 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
O'Fallon Fire Rescue 125th Birthday & Open House
O'Fallon Fire Rescue celebrates in 125th birthday in 2016! Join us May 7th, 2016 from 11am - 3pm at our Headquarters/Engine House #4 (1215 Taylor Road) for a birthday celebration and open house

Chartered in February of 1891, O'Fallon Fire has grown from a single fire station, to 4 fire stations and over 15 pieces of fire apparatus. The dedicated member of O'Fallon Fire Rescue respond to over 1000 calls for service a year. In addition to state certifications from the Illinois State Fire Marshall, member completed over 2500 hours of additional training time in 2015. Our commitment to professionalism is exemplified by our desire to provide top quality service through training and experience, our courage to confront perils and our ability to remain on the cutting edge of technology. We are proud to service the citizens of O'Fallon, Shiloh and the surrounding rural areas.

Celebration Schedule:
Birthday kick-off ceremony 11:00am
Birthday cake and firehouse tours immediately following
(Please note cake quantities may be limited)

T-shirts and food:
- Grilled snacks and soft drinks will be available for purchase (cash only)
- O'Fallon Fire Rescue Community Supporter t-shirts will also be for sale; priced from $10-$20 depending on size (cash only)

Parking:
Parking can be limited so please consider carpooling, or parking at the Sports Park and walking over

Connect with us:
Planning to attend? Head over to our Facebook page and RSVP!

For more information, please e-mail cmcwhorter@ofallon.org or call 618.624.4515
 


 
ASSISTANT CHIEF REACHES 30 YEAR MILESTONE
Friday, January 22, 2016 
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In December of 2015 our Assistant Chief, Craig Schmidt reached 30 years of service with us! We celebrated by honoring him at our monthly meeting and this past week the Mayor declared January 19th as Craig Schmidt day in O'Fallon! In addition to serving as Assistant Chief, Craig is also our Chief Engineer, ensuring that all apparatus and equipment are operating smoothly.

On top of his leadership and expertise as an Engineer, Craig is also one of our top call-responders! The leadership, experience and expertise that Craig brings to the department are truly invaluable! Congratulations on your achievement - we look forward to many more years!


 
Assistant Chief Schmidt receives his 30 year plaque from Chief Saunders.
   Assistant Chief Schmidt receives his 30
      year plaque from Chief Saunders.
Assistant Chief Schmidt (right) with the Mayor (center) and Chief Saunders (left) after receiving his certificate of achievement from the city.
   Assistant Chief Schmidt (right) with the
      Mayor (center) and Chief Saunders (left)
      after receiving his certificate of
      achievement from the city.
GRAND OPENING OF ENGINE HOUSE 4
Fire Chief Brent Saunders (left center) poses with other members of the building planning committee & officer staff.
   Fire Chief Brent Saunders (left center)
      poses with other members of the building
      planning committee & officer staff.
Friday, October 9, 2015 
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This past Sunday, we held a hose decoupling ceremony at Engine House 4 to symbolize its grand opening. While we have been using the new engine house since January, this ceremony allowed us to recognize and thank all of those who made the station possible. We're very proud of the new engine house and grateful for all those who spent countless hours during planning and construction!


 
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