Run Report

Year         Total Calls for Service YTD            Fire Calls                   EMS Calls
2014                1625                                                450                            1175
2013                1501                                                300                            1201

Request for Proposals and Bids

The Eureka Fire Protection District is actively seeking RFP for:  

Self Contained Breathing Appartus

Vendors and Interested parties may visit our  RFP's / Specifications section for more information

Bids are due by 4:30 pm, Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BackStopper Fill the Boot 2014

Eureka Firefighters are planning a fill the boot for Backstoppers this Holiday Season.

You can donate and meet the Eureka Firefighters on Wednesday, November 26th 11am-1pm & 4pm-8pm at
Kinderkins and Poor Richards resturants
 
Also we will be at Wal-Mart, Wal-Greens and Schnucks on Friday, November 28.
 
Thanks for your support of BackStoppers
 

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is around the corner which means travel, crowds, eating, family, and more eating. What needs to go with all the festivities is how to get through the holiday safely.

Thanksgiving and turkey go hand in hand but proper handling of the bird is important for the safety of your family. According to the New Hackensack Fire Department, to avoid the growth of bacteria, never thaw a turkey at room temperature instead thaw it in the refrigerator in it's own unopened wrapper on a tray with the breast facing up. It should take about one day of refrigerator thawing for every four pounds of turkey, so you better start soon.

Thanksgiving is the leading day for cooking fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In 2007, firefighters responded to roughly 1,300 home fire involving cooking, three times the daily average, according to the NFPA.

"Incorporating fire safety into your holiday preparations can mean the difference between putting on a fantastic holiday feast for family and friends or having to call the fire department to put out a fire,: said NFPA's Vice President of Communications Lorraine Carli.

If decorating with candles, never leave them burning in an unattended room.

 

NFPA recommends the following cooking safety tips:
 
Cook with Caution
 
 Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
 
Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
 
If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
 
Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
 
If you have a cooking fire….
 
Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
 
 For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
 
When in doubt, just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
 
 Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
 
When cooking, keep young children away from the kitchen, do not wear loose sleeves or dangling jewelry to avoid spills and burns.
 
Cook on back burners when possible and turn pot handles in to prevent accidental spills.
 
Never leave cooking unattended and keep clutter away from sources of direct heat. 
For more information on cooking safety and tips visit click here for Holiday Cooking Safety.
 
 
 
Safety is a must when deep frying a turkey.
The latest trend in preparing a Thanksgiving turkey is deep frying. The results can be delicious but it can also be dangerous. Without adhering to certain safety precautions, you may end up with an injury or fire.
Deep Fryers can be dangerous for a number of reasons:
  • The fryer units can easily tip over, spilling the approximately five gallons of hot oil contained within theMasterbuilt-015-Turkey-Fryer-0407-Small_1.jpg cooking pot.
  • Overfilling the pot with oil can result in oil overflowing out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. This oil may hit the burner or flames causing a fire to engulf the entire fryer unit.
  • Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect also resulting in a fire.
  • With no thermostat controls, the fryer units have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can become dangerously hot, and pose severe burn hazards.
Following the few precautions and safety tips described below can help ensure a safe and happy Thanksgiving if you are deep-frying a turkey this year.
Deep Fried Turkey Cooking and Safety Tips:
  • Read and follow all instructions that come with your fryer.
  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors, placed on a level surface, and located a safe distance from buildings and other material that can burn.
  • Do not use a turkey fryer on a wooden deck, wooden surface or in a garage.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended.
  • Carefully monitor the oil temperature to avoid overheating. If the oil continues to increase in temperature it could catch fire.
  • Only deep fry smaller turkeys—up to 12 pounds.
  • Use oils with high smoke points such as peanut, canola and safflower. If considering using peanut oil, make sure none of your guests have a peanut allergy.
  • To determine how much oil you’ll need, put the turkey in the basket and place in the pot. Add water until it reaches one to two inches above the turkey. Lift the turkey out, and use a ruler to measure the distance from the water to the top of the fryer. This will be the amount of oil you should use. Pour out the water and be sure to dry the fryer completely before filling the pot with oil.
  • It can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to heat the oil, depending on a number of factors including outdoor temperature, wind and weather.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels before placing in the fryer to keep the hot oil from spattering and popping.
  • Be sure to lower the turkey VERY SLOWLY into the hot oil.
  • You should maintain an oil temp of 350ºF. At that temperature, fry the turkey for three to four minutes per pound. For a 10-12 pound turkey, the cook time is approximately 35 to 42 minutes.
  • Do not allow children or pets near the fryer when in use or hours after use while the oil is hot and dangerous.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby at all times. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is manageable, use an all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call 911 for help.

 

Click here for a short video on Turkey Fryer Cooking Safety.

 
 
 

Eureka Fire a Collection Site for Toys For Tots!

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Toys For Tots is a campaign run strictly through the US Marine Corps since 1947. Throughout the United States, they have teamed up with various organizations that provide drop-off locations. The local Marine Corps collects all donations and distributes them to needy families in the area.

Eureka Fire District is proud to work with the Toys For Tots campaign. You can drop off your toy donations to our Station # 1 located at 4849 Highway 109 Until Thursday, December 12, 2014.

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Wallach House is the hosted site for most of Eureka, MO Toys for Tots.
Mary Wallach and Laurie Price stopped by the Fire Station to pick up the box of Toys collected.
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Heating Safety

 There is something about the winter months and curling up
with a good book by the fireplace. But did you know that heating
equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening
.

 

FACT

Half of home heating fires are reported during the months of 
December, January, and February.

 

Heating Equipment Smarts

Install wood burning stoves following
manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the
installation. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented
to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

 If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the
appliance. Leave the home immediately
and call your local fire department or gas company.

 
Have a three-foot “kid-free zone”
around open fires and space heaters.
 
Never use your oven to heat your home.
 
Have heating equipment and chimneys
inspected every year by a qualified professional.
 
Have a qualified professional install stationary
space heating equipment, water heaters or central
heating equipment according to the local codes
and manufacturer’s instructions.
 
Remember to turn portable heaters off when
leaving the room or going to bed.
 
Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the
manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
 
Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop
sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be
cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep
the container a safe distance away from your home.
 
Test smoke alarms monthly!

 

 

Exposing an Invisible Killer:

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The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Each year in America, unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning claims more than 400 lives and sends another 20,000 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment.
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) would like you to know that there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from deadly carbon monoxide fumes.
Understanding the Risk
What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure.
Where does carbon monoxide come from?
CO gas can come from several sources: gas-fired appliances, charcoal grills, wood-burning furnaces or fireplaces and motor vehicles.
Who is at risk?
Everyone is at risk for CO poisoning. Medical experts believe that unborn babies, infants, children, senior citizens and people with heart or lung problems are at even greater risk for CO poisoning.
What Actions Do I Take if My Carbon Monoxide Alarm Goes Off?
What you need to do if your carbon monoxide alarm goes off depends on whether anyone is feeling ill or not.
If no one is feeling ill:
1.   Silence the alarm.
2.   Turn off all appliances and sources of combustion (i.e. furnace and fireplace).
3.   Ventilate the house with fresh air by opening doors and windows.
4.   Call a qualified professional to investigate the source of the possible CO buildup.
If illness is a factor:
1.   Evacuate all occupants immediately.
2.   Determine how many occupants are ill and determine their symptoms.
3.   Call your 911 and when relaying information to the dispatcher, include the number of people feeling ill.
4.   Do not re-enter the home without the approval of a fire department representative.
5.   Call a qualified professional to repair the source of the CO.
Protect Yourself and Your Family from CO Poisoning

Install at least one carbon monoxide alarm with an audible warning signal near the sleeping areas and outside individual bedrooms. Make sure the alarm has been evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Carbon monoxide alarms measure levels of CO over time and are designed to sound an alarm before an average, healthy adult would experience symptoms. It is very possible that you may not be experiencing symptoms when you hear the alarm. This does not mean that CO is not present.

Have a qualified professional check all fuel burning appliances, furnaces, venting and chimney systems at least once a year.

Never use your range or oven to help heat your home and never use a charcoal grill or hibachi in your home or garage.

Never keep a car running in a garage. Even if the garage doors are open, normal circulation will not provide enough fresh air to reliably prevent a dangerous buildup of CO.

When purchasing an existing home, have a qualified technician evaluate the integrity of the heating and cooking systems, as well as the sealed spaces between the garage and house. The presence of a carbon monoxide alarm in your home can save your life in the event of CO buildup.

Memorial Pavers

 

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Red Shirt Friday

Red Shirt Friday – Support Our Troops

 
Eureka Fire District is showing our support for the troops overseas by wearing and selling Red Tee Shirts.
EFPD Staff have the option to wear these tee shirts on Fridays and encourage others to also participate.
We are selling shirts to support the troops and the profits are being donated to the FOCUS Marine Foundation (  https://focusmarinesfoundation.org/)
and the Special Forces Casualty Fund (http://www.stlouisgreenberets.com/index.html )
 
Shirts are available for purchase for $20.00 each at EFPD Station # 1, 4849 Highway 109, Eureka

 

Happy Holidays

The Board of Directors, Officers and Staff of Eureka Fire Protection District wish you and yours and Safe and Happy Holiday Season. We would like to remind you to please Don't Drink and Drive and please be Fire Safe!

Keep Christmas trees watered, do not overload electircal outlets and be careful with Candles.

If you have any questions about Fire Safety, please feel free to contact us!

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Happy Holidays!

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

 
 
 

Locating Loved Ones

Have you ever thought about how you will communicate with and locate your loved ones in the event of a disaster?  You never know where you will be or with whom you will be when a disaster strikes. This week, the focus for National Preparedness Month is, “How to Reconnect with Family After a Disaster.” Use this time to build a family communications plan. Your priority will be to get to a safe place, contact your loved ones and reunite with them as soon as possible. The best course of action is to have a plan for each of the common locations where you spend most of your time – home, work, gym, or place of worship. 

Below are some tips on how to get in contact with your loved ones in an emergency.

  • Complete a contact card for each member of your family and have them placed in purses, wallets and book bags;
  • Have a contact that does not live in your area that each family member can notify when they are safe if unable to contact family in the affected area. An out-of-area contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members;
  • Remember you can use text messaging when calling does not work because phone lines commonly have network disruptions after disasters; and
  • In addition to text messaging, use social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, to alert family members that you are safe. You can also use the American Red Cross’s Safe and Well program.

Check out America’s PrepareAthon! to participate in other drills and exercises with your family, and practice the communications plan you just developed as part of National Preparedness Month.