Fire department must have
rapid access to buildings during an alarm
May 09, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - "Fire Prevention and the prevention
of catastrophic fire loss are two of our most important jobs
here at the Ketchikan Fire Department," said Jim Hill who
is the Assistant Fire Chief of the Ketchikan Fire Department.
Hill said, "As professional firefighters, we pride ourselves
in our rapid response times and our thorough knowledge of hazards
in our surrounding community. The fire we prevent may not only
save the lives and property of our tax-paying public, but it
may be the fire that injures or kills one of us." He said,
"Over the years, thousands of people have died and there
have been billions of dollars in lost revenue because of fire
and its effects on the rest of the community. The City of Ketchikan
is no exception."
"The fire department must
be able to gain rapid access to buildings during an alarm,"
said Hill. "Failure to do so can cause delays in the discovery
and suppression of hostile fires that could not only destroy
a local business, but the fire could spread (especially in our
downtown area) and cause catastrophic damage to the other businesses
around it. The results would affect all of us economically as
well as threaten the lives of our residents and visitors."
"Reporting your local
contact information is not only good common sense, it is a requirement."
said Hill. "Accurate local contact information must be reported
to our local police and fire department dispatch centers. Building
owners are required by law to maintain current keys in their
key boxes. These small steps will assist in preventing a delayed
response to your emergency," said Hill.
"During an emergency if
we do not have current and accurate information to contact a
responsible party, or the correct keys are not in the key box,
the fire department will have to use forcible-entry in
order to gain access to buildings, said Hill. "This is the
only way we can ensure that all of the businesses in our community
Hill said, "To make sure we all have a prosperous summer-season
and to prevent unnecessary loss of business and revenue for the
City of Ketchikan, The Ketchikan Fire Department must have up-to-date
information and the proper access tools in the event of an alarm
in our local businesses." He said, "During the summer
of 2006 Ketchikan's fire crews and the fire marshal will be visiting
local establishments to make sure of fire-code compliance. In
the event of fire alarms at local businesses we will need quick
access and, should the need arise we will gain access by whatever
means necessary to ensure the safety of your business and the
surrounding establishments. In the event of alarms with extended
delays due to our inability to gain access to businesses, we
will be forced to charge businesses for crew and apparatus time-on-scene.
Remember, the longer the emergency crew is at your business
waiting for you to gain access, the longer they are not available
for another emergency."
"We all need to be fire
prevention smart," said Hill. "We all need to
do our part to protect our city, our citizens, and our businesses
from the affects of fire."
For more information regarding
fire prevention, Key Boxes, general fire prevention tips, and
owner/operator contact information, you can contact: Assistant
Fire Chief Jim Hill or Fire Marshal Richard Tombaugh at 225-9616
or you can email Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Tombaugh at email@example.com
You can also visit the Ketchikan
Fire Department's website for more fire prevention information.
Source of News:
Ketchikan Fire Department
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