Chief's Corner - Chief Larry Gaspar, OFE
With winter weather in full swing, we urge motorists to slow down, especially when flashing lights or emergency apparatus are on or near the roadway. Of course, we ask that you move over for sirens and lights. It's also important for residents to clear the area around the fire hydrants close to their home, so we can easily hook up the fire engine to water, in the event of a fire. Winter is chimney fire season, so getting that flue or chimney cleaned out is essential to avoiding a costly fire. Keeping space heaters at least 4 feet from combustible materials lessens the chance of a catastrophic fire.
During the winter months, our ambulance responds on a lot of respiratory and medical illnesses. Be sure to get a flu or pneumonia shot, and wash your hands often to avoid spreading these illnesses to your friends and family. Knowing the signs of heart attack and stroke are critically essential in getting the ambulance to your location, so we can begin definitive care in the squad, and get you to the appropriate hospital.
Our community CPR/AED training program, coupled with your downloading the Pulsepoint Respond App will help save lives in Geauga County. We have instructors in the national Stop The Bleed program, as well as Heartsaver First Aid/CPR. Our fire prevention bureau provides free home safety assessments, as well as residential knox boxes for easy firefighter access.
You can interact with us on our Facebook page, our Twitter feed (@chardonfire), or via this website. We often tweet out alerts, fire calls, and public service announcements, and you can listen to us on the Broadcastify website link at the top of the page. The Pulsepoint app also has an audio feed and listing of Geauga County calls. Feel free to call my office at any time to discuss department matters at 440-285-4665. And be sure to friend us on Facebook.
-Chief Larry Gaspar, OFE
Chardon Fire Department, Ohio