Run Report

Year         Total Calls for Service YTD            Fire Calls                   EMS Calls
2014                1076                                                296                            778
2013                  964                                                194                            770

Road Closure, Hwy W, 7/25 - 8/4

This is just a reminder that the Missouri Department of Transportation will close a section of Route W for 10 days starting on Friday, July 25.  The ongoing safety improvements being done on Route W requires the road be closed from White Oak School Road to Patty Drive near the Fox Run Golf Course starting at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25 until 5 a.m., Monday August 4.  Clearwood Drive residents will be given access to and from their homes by a temporary roadway.  Details on the location of that roadway will be available Tuesday or Wednesday and I will send it out at that time.  Detour maps to help you get around the closure are now available at www.modot.org/stlouis/major_projects/Route109WResurfacingProject.htm.  Thank you.

 

Don't Leave Children in Hot Cars!

Summer Vacation Awareness

School is almost out and that means it’s time to start planning your summer vacation! For many Americans, the ocean is calling now that beach weather has arrived. While planning for a summer getaway to the coast, it is important to remember that summer is also hurricane season on the East and West coasts of the United States.

If you plan to travel to the coast for the first time, it is critical that you and your family learn about hazards like hurricanes that you may have never experienced or prepared for in the past. The best first step is reviewing America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide.

Hurricanes can put a damper on any family vacation, so it's important to take just a few precautionary actions before you travel to an unfamiliar region:

  • Have an emergency kit in your car, camper or suitcase;
  • Create a family communication plan;
  • Get signed up for weather emergency alerts and warnings in the local vacation area;
  • Become familiar with a possible evacuation route; and
  • Have a plan on where you would evacuate to or text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to identify the nearest shelter should a disaster strike.

The most reliable way to prevent your beach vacation from getting rained out is by staying aware of upcoming storms and hurricanes. Discover how you can stay up-to-date on local storm info and get alerts with America's PrepareAthon!

Eureka Days 2014

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Eureka Days 2014 - Up, Up & Away!

This is sure to be the best year yet!

The City of Eureka and Eureka Days Event Committee are proud to present Eureka Days 2014.

Participants can expect carnival rides, children's activities, nearly 100 vendors and a beer garden. The event will include a parade, kid's korner, 5K run and much more!

Friday night will end with a high energy show by Sh-Boom, while Saturday will spotlight Well Hungarians and a spectacular fireworks display.

We would like to invite you, your family and friends to be apart of this exciting event. We will soon be accepting applications for vendors, race participants, parade entries, and various volunteers.

Please mark your calendars for September 5th & 6th and join us for what is sure to be a fun filled weekend.

For the safety and enjoyment of all, the following items are prohibited from the event grounds: Bicycles, Skateboards, Roller Blades, Personal Golf Carts, Pets (with the exception of service animals), Weapons, Alcoholic Beverages, Glass Bottles.

The Eureka Chamber of Commerce, City of Eureka, Eureka Days Committee and all the Civic Groups appreciate your cooperation! We hope you enjoy your time at Eureka Days.

For more information or to see how you can get involved, please contact Kristin Christenson at the Eureka Parks and Recreation Department at kchristenson@eureka.mo.us or 636-938-6775.

 

Heatstroke Safety tips for Children

Myth Busting Lightning!

"If there's lightning, lay down flat on the ground! Seek shelter under a tree! And don't touch someone who's been struck or you'll get shocked!" How many lightning myths have you heard?

The truth is if you lay down on the ground, you're more exposed to electrical currents running underground! Never seek shelter from lightning under a tree. It is actually the second leading cause of lightning fatalities! And if someone is struck by lightning, don't be scared to assist him or her immediately. The human body does not store electricity, and helping them immediately could be essential to their survival!

Before you go out in the rain, it is crucial to know your facts.

  • Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. 
  • Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires.
  • A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity.
  • Height, pointy shape, and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt will strike. The presence of metal makes absolutely no difference on where lightning strikes.

Keep yourself and others safe by being lighting aware. Lightning Safety Week begins June 22! For more information on lightning, visit the NOAA lightning page. And for thunderstorm safety tips visit the http://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning.

NOAA lightning page. And for thunderstorm safety tips visit the http://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning.

Swimming Safety

Drowning is a leading cause of home injury deaths – especially for children. Many children drown in pools and spas. It can happen very fast and you won’t hear it. To prevent a tragedy, the Home Safety Council offers the following tips:

 If you have a pool or spa, install a fence that goes all the way around it. The fence should close and latch by itself. It should be least five feet high.

Always keep gates closed and latched. Never prop a gate open.

When children are in or near the water, a grownup should watch them very carefully. Do not take your eyes off them.

If you have a pool party, have grownups take turns watching the children at all times.

Enroll non-swimmers in swimming lessons taught by a qualified instructor.

Never swim alone. Even adults should swim with a buddy.

Learn how you would save someone in trouble. Learn First Aid and CPR. Make sure that anyone who cares for your children learns CPR.

Keep poolside rescue equipment and a cordless, water resistant telephone close to the pool area.

Post emergency numbers and CPR instructions near the pool area.

Tie up long hair before swimming. Pool drains should have a cover. For added protection, consider purchasing a safety guard to install over the drain.

Never leave toys in or around the pool when you are not there.

Teach children the “rules of the pool.” Remind them often.

Keep spas and hot tubs covered and locked when not in use.

Completely remove pool and spa covers before anyone gets in.

Stay out of the pool during severe weather and thunderstorms, especially if lightning is forecast or present.

If a child is missing, check the pool area first.

The pump in a pool or spa creates powerful suction at the drain which can trap a swimmer under water. Teach children to stay away from drains, grates and filters.

 

Mourning Loss of FF/EMT-P Greg Light

The Family, Friends, Officers, Chiefs, Staff and Board of Directors of Eureka Fire Protection District would like to express our sincerest  appreciation to the citizens and businesses of our Fire District and Entire Community, as well as to all of our brothers and sisters in all emergency services for the innumerable expressions of sympathy and kindness shown to us and the family of Firefighter Greg Light in the past weeks.

Thank You All So Much!!

 

Donations for the Greg Light Family can be sent to: Responder Rescue

Checks should be made out to: Responder Rescue in care of the Greg Light Family

                                                           

                                                           Responder Rescue                          
                                                            3711 Mexico Rd
                                                            St. Charles, MO 63303
                                                            314-627-0700

                                                  http://www.responderrescue.org/

 

Eureka Fire District has produced a commemorative Challenge Coin remembering Greg Light.

Proceeds from this coin will be put in the “Greg Light Family Fund “with Responder Rescue.

The cost of the coin is $5. You can get coins at the Eureka Fire Protection District Administrative office M-F 0800-1630 or contact Greg Brown, Shawn Merry, Kyle Brown or Scott Kavanagh. If you have any questions call 636-938-5505.

Or you can contact us at the “Contact Us” link on the EFPD web page,  http://www.efpd.org/contacts.php

 
 
 

Help Prevent Wildfires!

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Help prevent wildfires!

A combination of strong winds, low humidity, dry conditions, and warming temperatures this time of year has the potential to create explosive wildfires. The main cause of wildfires is improper burning of debris such as trash and brush piles. Please help prevent wildfires!

The Missouri Department of Conservation urges people not to conduct outdoor burning during times when grasses, brush and other fire fuel are very dry, humidity is low and weather is windy. Check with local fire departments regarding burn bans that may be in place. Call 911 at the first sign of a fire getting out of control and help stop arson by calling Operation Forest Arson at 800-392-1111. For more info on wildfire prevention, visit http://mdc.mo.gov/node/27217

or Contact the Eureka Fire Protection District at 636-938-5505

 DID YOU KNOW:

  • Each year MDC staff work with numerous fire departments around the state to help suppress thousands of wildfires.
  • In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, MDC provided more than $354,000 in grants to 182 volunteer fire departments last year for protective clothing, equipment, and training.
  • The Department also obtained more than $5 million in equipment last year from federal government programs for volunteer fire departments in the state, and provided wildland fire-suppression training to more than 400 Missouri firefighters.  

MDC Forester Sam Jewett stands on the bulldozer he uses to fight forest fires.

 

MDC Forester Sam Jewett

 

Open Burning

smokey.jpgDuring the spring months in the St. Louis Area, we have many days of high temperatures, strong winds, and low humidity. These factors and intermittent rainfall can lead to dangerous grass and brush fires.

Per Missouri Department of Natural Resources Regulations-

St. Louis Metropolitan Area: Open burning of trees, tree leaves or brush is allowed only in areas outside of incorporated municipalities from Sept. 16 to April 14 of each calendar year.  These brush piles are limited to a base of 16 square feet and the burning is allowed from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m..

We always ask that Eureka Fire Protection District residents contact Engine House 1 at 636-938-5505 before burning so we may know about it first. Eureka Fire Protection District does not issue burn or bonfire permits, but we may advise you not to burn at any particular time due to conditions.

For more information, you can download a hotsheet with safety tips and state and local regulatory rules on open burning.

 

Fire Hydrant Flow Testing

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The Eureka Fire Protection District conducts Fire Hydrant Flow Testing throughout the Fire District from March 1 through November 1 each year.
 
Neighborhood notifications are accomplished by placement of signs at intersections at the entrance of the affected neighborhoods at least 2 weeks prior to commencement of the testing.
   
  
Testing in July 2014 will be in the following neighborhoods and streets:
 
Radcliff Place, Alt Road, Highway 109, Whitsetts Fork, Pevely Farms, Beaumont 
 
Testing in August 2014 will be in the following neighborhoods and streets:
 
Mirasol, Hoene Springs, Fox Run
 
While flowing increased amounts of water during the test, agitation of existing minerals and sediments may produce slight discoloration in the water.
 
This discoloration is not harmful and will dissipate within a short time. Thank you in advance for your patience during this important testing.
 
 
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Missouri One Call

Eureka Fire District would like to remind you that before you dig in your yard or near a right of way, to please contact Missouri One Call.

With a few days notice, they will have any and all utilities notified to locate and mark any utilities in the area.

Keep your self and protect your self from a costly mistake. It is also the law to contact Missouri One Call before you dig.

Visit their web site for information about contacting Missouri One Call at  http://www.mo1call.com/