Alaska News

Friday, March 16, 2018

Fairbanks Fire Department: Some emergencies will have to wait

Residents requesting emergency medical or fire services within the city of Fairbanks may be put on a wait list if the Fairbanks Fire Department is occupied with more serious calls. The change to FFD and Fairbanks Emergency Communication Center operations is in response to other area fire departments reducing the scope of mutual aid offered to the city. The change will place lower-priority calls in a queue until FFD personnel are available. After 20 minutes in queue, the battalion chief will determine whether the call warrants mutual aid from another fire department or whether the request can continue waiting. “Residents may experience longer wait times for ambulances in certain situations,” according to a city of Fairbanks news release. The new program is being implemented immediately.
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Column: Fundamental changes needed to address turnout gear contamination

In a recent meeting of the technical committee responsible for revision of NFPA 1851: Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, extensive discussion revolved around proposing modifications in how turnout clothing should be cleaned and, in particular, verified for removal efficiency of harmful contaminants. Changes have been recommended for moving forward with more frequent advanced cleaning of turnout clothing (At this stage, the changes have only been proposed. Ratification of the changes does not occur until the committee has formally voted on the overall standard.) Whereas the current edition of NFPA 1851 prescribes advanced cleaning to be performed at least annually, the new edition, if accepted, will require advanced cleaning at least twice a year. This means that those departments that follow NFPA 1851 will be conducting more frequent cleaning of their gear than in the past several years.

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