Longview Firefighters Extinguish Deck Fire 8/19/15 at (Photo)
Longview firefighters were dispatched at 12:51 pm to a fire on an attached deck at 2914 Lilac Street, Longview. Neighbor Randy Greeley noticed the smoke from his home two houses away, and attacked the fire with a garden hose until firefighters arrived. Two occupants of the home were asleep and not aware of the fire until the first fire units arrived. Approximately 6'x6' of the deck was destroyed.
"Luckily, this fire was caught before it extended to the attached home a few feet away" said Longview Battalion Chief Kevin Taylor. "This fire had been smoldering for many hours, and could easily have spread to the residence and had a much different outcome."
The cause is attributed to discarded smoking materials. The Longview Fire Department reminds residents to properly dispose of smoking products.
Longview Fire Department Receives $19,365 Grant for Firefighter Protective Clothing (Photo)
On August 14, 2015 Longview Fire was presented with a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant for $19,365.00 earmarked for firefighter protective clothing. The grant presentation occurred at the Firehouse Sub located at 8101 NE Parkway Dr. in Vancouver, WA. Also in attendance was Vancouver Fire Department, who received a grant for $13,000 for the purchasing of tablets to enhance their fire inspection and investigation program.
In attendance representing The City of Longview were Mayor Don Jensen, City Manager Dave Campbell, Assistant City Manager Kurt Sacha, Fire Chief Phil Jurmu, and Firefighter's Brett Venneri, Dave Lamb, and Tucker Williams.
LFD Lieutenant Derek Stabell spearheaded the writing of the grant, specifically for firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE), also known as "Turn Outs." Lt. Stabell oversees the purchasing and maintenance of the fire departments PPE program and has been a diligent champion in safeguarding the firefighters with quality and well maintained equipment.
The job of a firefighter is consistently listed as one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States, with an annual death rate averaging 100 annually. In addition to deaths firefighters also regularly incur injuries while operating in hostile fire suppression activities and statistically have a three-times higher likelihood in developing cancer than the general public. Death, Injuries, and Cancer can all be greatly reduced with quality PPE and a conforming maintenance program.
Firefighter Turn-outs are highly specialized protective gear and therefor demand a hefty price tag. A set of Turn-outs includes a Coat, Pants, Suspenders, Boots, Gloves, Helmet, and Hood. It's the entire ensemble, plus a Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) that gives firefighter's the protection they need to enter a burning building an be adequately protected against the heat and toxic fire gases.
Areospace materials like Nomex and Kevlar fibers can be found in most firefighter PPE. Together, these innovative fibers help provide protection, durability, and comfort from the inside out in three distinct layers.
* The Outer Shell is a Nomex and Kevlar blend which is specifically designed to stand-up to extreme heat, be somewhat water repellent, be light weight, and be durable to tears and, cuts, and abrasions.
* The Moisture Barrier utilizes Nomex fibers to provide flame-resistance while it protect against the intrusion of water, chemicals, and viral agents. Moisture barriers are also breathable, which allows metabolic heat to escape and helps reduce the overall heat stress during strenuous activities.
* The Thermal Liner utilizes Nomex/ Kevlar fiber bats to provide flexible, durable, breathable heat-insulating characteristics to safeguard the firefighter of the extreme heats todays firefighter's face.
The scope of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation direct purchase grant provides 10 complete sets of firefighter Turn-outs, including Coats, Pants, Gloves, and Protective Hoods. Each set prices out as follows: Coat $1038.84; Pants $798.53; Gloves $74.14; and Hood $24.99.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is dedicated to improving the life-saving capabilities and the lives of local heroes and their communities. Thus far the Foundation has donated over 14 million dollars to over 1000 communities, benefitting 1069 organizations, which now includes Longview.
The Foundation allocates funding in five distinct areas: Lifesaving Equipment, Prevention/ Education, Scholarships and Continued Education, Supporting members of the Military, and Disaster Preparedness and Relief.
Each restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets and sells them to guests for $2. Donation canisters on register counters explain the non-profit's mission and collect spare change, while the Round-Up Program allows guests to "round up" their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds raised benefit the Foundation.