Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2019: Theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”, In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out. Plan ahead for your escape. Make your home escape plan and practice today.
Hanna Fire Department
Fire Chiefs Message 2019
It has been a busy year for the Hanna Fire Department. Although thankfully not as busy as the past two years. We are on pace for an above average year having already responded to 80 incidents in the first 9 months of the year, which will make 2019 the 3rd busiest year ever.
During the past year regional training has continued to be a priority. Our regional training group is comprised of all 14 fire departments within the Special Areas plus the Acadia Valley Fire Department. By training regionally all of the firefighters on these departments know each other very well and this familiarity has especially paid off when working together at the larger mutual aid incidents the past several years.
This summer and fall have seen continued construction on Phase 2 of the Training/ Burn tower project which includes the installation of interior propane burn props. This phase is valued at $500,000.00 and was funded in part by a CFEP Large Projects lotteries grant which the Hanna Firefighters Association received $250,000.00 from in 2018. The remainder has been funded by the partner municipalities and fundraising from our members. This Phase of the project will be wrapped up by the end of October and we look forward to be able to hold live fire training next spring.
The theme this year for fire prevention week is “NOT EVERY HERO WEARS A CAPE. Plan and Practice Your Escape:” Fire can spread very quickly, doubling in size every minute, leaving only a few seconds or minutes to get out of your house when the smoke alarm sounds. Every family should take the time to create a fire escape plan and to practice it a couple of times during Fire Prevention Week. A good fire escape plan should have 2 ways out in case the first exit path is blocked by fire and ensure that you have a predetermined meeting place outside so you can account for everyone. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and the batteries should be replaced annually. Smoke alarms should also be replaced every ten years. Statistics have shown that a working Smoke Alarm cuts your chances of dying in a fire in half. I would ask all the citizens of Hanna and the surrounding area to take the time to inspect their homes carefully for fire and injury hazards.
A special thanks to all the members of the Hanna Fire Department who respond to incidents at any time day or night. A special thank you to the member`s spouses who are always so supportive. My appreciation to the member`s employers who allow the firefighters to leave work with no notice. Without their support Hanna would not have a volunteer fire department. I would also like to thank the Town of Hanna administration for the support the department receives in the day to day operations, and the Hanna Town Council and Special Areas Board for their continued support.