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Please continue to be careful with fire
By David Hull


August 08, 2009

The summer of 2009 has been a great one! Let's keep the memories pleasant ones. Please, be very careful with any type of fire. Whether you are camping out, having a day at the beach or just cleaning up around the yard, careless use of fire can spell disaster. North Tongass VFD has responded to several reports of controlled burns that had gotten out of hand. The department has also responded to a few beach fires where people had left a smoldering cooking fire and it flared up. We have been lucky this year as none of the fires caused any real damage. Many may remember the fire a few years ago near Point Higgins School. That fire costs several thousands of tax dollars to bring under control and put out. It will take a long hard rain to lessen the true fire danger. We know it's coming, we just need to be patient.

For more information on burning out doors, please go to our web site at, or click on our link graciously provided by Sitnews on the sides of their web page. There is a lot of information on the first page as well as clicking on the FAQ tab and clicking on the link desired. While you are at it, please consider joining any of the volunteer fire departments on the island, NTVFD included, as we are always in need of good people wanting to do good things for their community. It s fun, its hard work, and it s challenging.

Don't forget that NTVFD has chimney brushes and rods to borrow to clean out your stack. A creosoted stack is just a fire waiting to happen. We also have smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and fire escape ladders for those in need. We can also provide assistance with installation. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives. Just give us at 228-6710 or stop by at Fire Station 8 13110 North Tongass Highway.

Please be careful with fire. The home you save may be your own; the lives you save may be your family's.

David Hull, Chief
North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Fire Chief, North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, 38 year resident."

Received August , 2009 - Published August 08, 2009


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