Proposal to purchase property
for Fire Station 7
By Ed Fry
June 21, 2010
In response to both Chief Hull and Mr. Dial, the questions that
were asked were on target and appropriate; thank you Mr. Dial
for calling the questions.
5 total losses in 5 years on structure fires are somewhat of
a concern to me. One of the total losses was around the corner
from my house and in my mind s eye, should my house catch fire,
I am prepared for a total loss as well. Water storage and
availability seems to be the theme, in my 25 years of fire and
rescue experience (career and volunteer), you can put out a fire
with a lot of water, a technique that is called surround and
Likewise, here in Ketchikan, notification is another concern.
Fire doubles it size every 10 minutes. Hence by the time a crew
is assembled, appropriate number of crew make scene, chances
are 10, 20, or even 30 minutes have gone by, thus making the
structure unstable for interior attack and a set up for the
surround and drown.
We as residents need to be more proactive on investigating other
alternatives in fire protection rather than being taxed more
for water storage. Why hasn t North Tongass initiated any grants
for home protection? 800K for equipment to sit and be used 5
times in 5 years with speculation that it may have helped is
not a good statement to have on record, nor is it making me feel
any more fire protected.
Water is the medium of choice, an appropriate question to ask
is on each of the fires, what was the total number of gallons
used to knock down and extinguish each of the fires? My guess
would be upwards of 10,000 gallons or more. Which if and when
you get the fire out your damage is 2 fold, fire damage and water
I would like to see some home grants that initiate home protection
systems such as home sprinkler systems, alarm ties, and monitoring.
A home sprinkler system cuts down on water usage, lowers insurance
premiums, and costs far less over time than a tax increase to
have water waiting for use. The cost? Averages are 1-3% of your
home value. That is why instead of spending 800K for purchase
and additional expenditures of equipment, operating costs, and
insurance make this a fiscal challenge. Those monies could be
used to have a grant application in kind to provide residents
with fire protection that can snuff out a fire when and if a
fire starts in a home and water usage of far less than 10,000
gallons. In fact, it would be less than 1,000 gallons saving
The only way this could happen is to pass a resolution(s) stating
as such and taking care of fire protection in a way that saves
structures. Again, having water waiting is not a good return
on the investment especially when 62% of structure fires are
total losses. I am investing in a home fire protection system
for peace of mind.
About: "25 years career
and volunteer firefighter paramedic. Bachelorate University
Instructor of Fire Protection and Detection Systems and Public
Received June 21, 2010 - Published
June 21, 2010
to purchase property for Fire Station 7 By Dave Hull
letter to North Tongass Residents By Rodney Dial
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