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Hotter Days are Coming - 07/10/18

It's time to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.

Thursday's forecast has temperatures hitting 98 degrees.   If you are outside, avoid direct sunlight; wear lightweight, light-colored clothing; and use hats to protect your face and neck.  If you feel you are getting too hot, take a cool shower or bath.  If you know someone that might be vulnerable to high temperatures, check on them twice a day.  

People should also drink more water than usual and avoid alcohol.  Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.  You are likely already dehydrated if you are thirsty.  Remind those around you also to drink enough water.

The symptoms of heat exhaustion are heavy sweating; weakness; cold/pale/clammy skin; a fast and weak pulse; and fainting.  With the more extreme heat stroke, you’ll have hot, red, dry or moist skin and a rapid and strong pulse.  Heat stroke can also lead to unconsciousness.

Those at most risk for a heat-related illness are people age 65 and older; people with chronic medical conditions; infants and children; athletes; people who work outdoors; and those without air conditioning.

If your home does not have air conditioning, consider spending time at Albany Public Library, Albany Senior Center, Heritage Mall and other places with air conditioning.  

We cannot stress this enough: don’t over-exert yourself during extreme hot weather. Stay inside or find a place to be that has air conditioning. If you plan to head toward the river to cool off, please remember that you can visit any of the Albany Fire stations and borrow life jackets provided by the Albany Firefighters Community Assistance Fund.

 

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Cox Creek Structure Fire (Photo) - 07/03/18

Albany Fire Department responded to a 3rd Alarm Fire Monday, July 2, 2018, at 7:53 p.m. on Cox Creek Lane.   Linn County Dispatch received multiple reports of visible fire and smoke coming from the residence and the surrounding property.   The fire was on two different homes and properties.  All residents were safe and out of the fire.   A large hay barn, multiple out buildings, a hay field and large compost pile were affected.  Both homes were saved.  Over thirty personnel were on scene to assist Albany Fire.  Mutual Aid from Jefferson Fire District, Tangent Rural Fire District, and Lebanon Fire District were on scene for serveral hours assisting.   Neither property had a fire hydrant system.  Over 150,000 gallons of water were trucked to the scene.

Albany Fire remained on scene overnight on fire watch to monitor the barn and property.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Both residents have insurance.  

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Albany Begins Fire Service to Millersburg - 06/29/18

On Sunday, July 1, 2018, Albany Fire Department will begin providing fire protection services and life safety services to the City of Millersburg and its residents.  Albany Fire crews will respond to emergency calls from all four area Albany stations to Millersburg until a temporary Millersburg fire station is completed.  The Millersburg station, Station 15, is estimated to be complete in the Fall of 2018.  Station 15 will be staffed initially with a two-person crew per 24-hour shift. 

Albany Fire Department firefighters are dual-role personnel.  They are certified firefighters as well as certified paramedics or emergency medical technicians.  In addition to life safety response, Albany Fire will provide prevention services to the City of Millersburg, as well as responding to requests for public events.

Attached Media Files: Millersburg Fire Service Map
Fourth of July Fireworks - 06/22/18

Every year Albany Police Department and Albany Fire Department respond to upwards of 80-100 reports of illegal fireworks and firework related concerns. These calls are important due to the inherent danger of all fireworks, but they also pull critical resources away from all other 911 calls for service in Albany. 

Fireworks can cause serious bodily injury and pose a significant risk to property. 

What can you do to stay safe and enjoy your holiday? 

1. DO NOT BUY ILLEGAL FIREWORKS. 

2. If your neighbor, family, or friend has purchased illegal fireworks request they DO 
NOT use them. 

3. Have a water hose ready for use and on. 

4. Light all fireworks on a concrete or gravel surface with a 10' clearance away from 
all vegetation and structures. 

5. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show. 

6. Use a water bucket for all used fireworks and only after they are safe to handle. 

7. DO NOT allow children to light fireworks. 

8. Be considerate of your neighbors, pets, others near you when considering the timing 
of your fireworks.

Water & Boat Safety
Water & Boat Safety
Water and Boat Safety Day (Photo) - 06/19/18

July 7, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the third annual Water & Boat Safety Day is at Bowman Park.  Albany Fire Water Rescue Team will be providing proper life jacket fittings, submerged car water rescue demonstrations, and the Linn County Sheriff's Marine Patrol will be offering boat inspections.  AFD will also be giving boat rides for children under the age of 13.  

Food will be offered for monetary donations.  Donations will support the Albany Firefighters Community Assistance Life Vest program. We will also be raffling an overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge and an AFD engine ride to school.  For more information please contact Albany Fire at 541-917-7700.  

Attached Media Files: Water & Boat Safety