What Determines Emergency Response Time?

In any emergency, seconds can matter. Mere seconds can make the difference between life and death. That is one of the main reasons, most people base their opinion of their fire department, police station, and ambulance services on how long it takes for them to arrive after the call goes out for help. If your house is on fire, you would not want to wait an hour for the fire department and the same can be said if you were being robbed or in serious pain. However, there are a lot of things that can influence how quickly the emergency services arrive in your area, and many people do not consider this aspect of it.

How Life Threatening is Your Emergency?

responsetimeIf you have a brush fire that is not endangering homes, a medical emergency that is not life threatening, or something similar, the emergency services in your area may respond slower than they would if someone was in danger. The emergency services team has a legal right to speed during emergencies where their response time truly matters. However, they may not fly 90 mph through the city if the situation does not deem it necessary for them to do so. (more…)

The Importance of Funding for Fire Houses

Without firefighters and the firehouse they serve, there would be a lot more situations involving lost homes and forest fires that burn out of control. The brave souls who put on the uniform risk their lives each time they venture out to a fire, no matter how big or small the blaze may be. However, do you really know how they earn the money to keep firehouses open? It is funny that we are extremely thankful for the services that are provided by them, but we rarely consider where their money comes from. Is it based on what the government pays them or is it paid for by the city? What would happen if the funds were not there?

How Fire Houses Make Money

donationboxIn some cities, the services of a firefighter are paid by the city. Some fire houses collect taxes from the citizens of that city, while others survive on donations only. In order to receive money from the government, they have to earn and receive grants. Some of these grants are easy to get, but most are not easy to meet the requirements of. (more…)

Our Truck’s Equipment

Everyone knows that a fire truck is a cool piece of equipment. It has a ladder and a hose which work to put out fires. However, did you know that there are other tools on board as well? Do you know that each unique tool has its own purpose? It is true. Our truck’s equipment helps us to do a variety of tasks and it all can be helpful when either fighting fires or saving lives.Presidio Fire Engine

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Why People Choose to Become a Volunteer Firefighter

firefightersuitIt seems when men are little boys, they all dream of wearing a uniform. Schools are talked to by firefighters and in the mind of all children, they are the hero. They rescue cats from trees, climb ladders, and drive in big red trucks to hold a hose on blazing home, office, or store. They are are seen as cool. Perhaps that is why people choose to become a volunteer firefighter. Perhaps it is something more. Here are the main reasons grownups, both men and women, choose to take on a life of fires. (more…)

How to Fireproof Your Home

Each year there are people all over the world who lose their home to a fire. A fire can happen for a variety of reasons, including faulty electrical wiring, a forest fire, or a pile of leaves that gets out of control in your yard. Whatever the case, a fire is devastating to anyone affected and once it happens, it is too late to worry about fire prevention because you will have already lost everything that matters. Instead of waiting and taking a chance that your home will be next, why not learn now how to fireproof your home?SmokeDetector

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After 93 years of service the Presidio Fire Department has closed!!!

Although Local F-145 won the arbitration decision regarding staffing to the NFPA 1710 standard, the National Park Service has closed it’s ONLY 24/7 structural fire department in the country.

At 0730 hours on Wednesday November 10, 2010, the crew of Firefighter-Engineer Chris Kuljis (Local F-145 Secretary/Treasurer) and Firefighter-Paramedic Al Duncan (President) officially place Engine 52 and Station 52 Out-Of-Service.

Although the department has been closed, the fight is not over.  Local F-145 will appeal to the Federal Labor Relations Authority to enforce the arbitrator’s decision and require the NPS to fulfill it’s legal requirements of staffing to the NFPA 1710 standard to ensure both firefighter and civilian safety.

Additionally, Local F-145 will continue to be a watchdog of the Marin Headlands and vow to hold the NPS and GGNRA management responsible for any unecessary loss of life that may result from their irresponsible actions.

To the men and women of the former PFD, God Speed and best wishes, it was an honor to serve you!!