Tuesday, September 30, 2014 
The O'Fallon Fire Department will be hosting 3 nights of open house on October 7th, 8th & 9th to share the 2014 National Fire Protection Association Message:
"Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month!"

Join us at Engine House #2 (located at the corner at 3rd Street and Highway 50) from 6:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m on October 7th, 8th & 9th

We'll have fire truck rides, smoke house tours for the kids, educational materials and other family fun! Stop by and meet your firefighters!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND California Resort launched the 2014 Smoke Alarm Pledge. Between September 2nd and October 5th, anyone who fills in the form through the link below agrees to take the “Smoke Alarm Pledge” which states that you will test each of your home’s smoke alarms each month to ensure they are working. The downloadable and printable Smoke Alarm Pledge is a helpful reminder for you and your family members.

By taking the Pledge, you will be entered into the NFPA, LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND California Resort Sweepstakes. One randomly selected grand prize winner will win a trip for four to either LEGOLAND Florida or LEGOLAND California Resort (winner’s choice), including admission tickets, airfare and hotel accommodations. Ten randomly selected runners up will win four admission tickets to their choice of park. Please see official rules for details:

From left: Director of Public Safety Eric Van Hook, Lieutenant Jon Williams, Captain Shawn Miller, Deputy Chief Tim Claxton and Fire Chief Brent Saunders
   From left: Director of Public Safety
      Eric Van Hook, Lieutenant Jon Williams,
      Captain Shawn Miller, Deputy Chief Tim
      Claxton and Fire Chief Brent Saunders
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 
At the end of July, Deputy Chief Gary Stein stepped down from his position. Gary remains an important asset and member of the department and will continue to serve the community as a firefighter. We're grateful for the leadership Gary provided in his tenure as Deputy Chief and we extend our gratitude for his hard work, attention to detail and commitment to excellence!

Filling the vacancy left by Gary will be Tim Claxton. Tim most recently held the rank of Captain and brings more than 15 years of firefighting experience with him to the position. Please join us in congratulating Tim as he dons a white helmet!

We're also pleased to announce that Shawn Miller has been promoted to Captain and Jon Williams has been elevated to the position of Lieutenant. Congratulations Shawn and Jon!

Chief Saunders (center) receives his 2014 Illinois Fire Chief of the Year award.
   Chief Saunders (center) receives his
      2014 Illinois Fire Chief of the Year
Thursday, May 15, 2014 
The O'Fallon Fire Department is proud to announce that Chief Saunders recently received the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association Fire Chief of the Year award!

This award recognizes Chief Saunders' fire service accomplishments including public education and life safety advancement, innovative and entrepreneurial efforts and accomplishments, education and scholastic achievements, significant public service performance, and contribution to the Illinois Fire service.

Chief Saunders was presented with this award at the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association Annual Symposium in East Peoria, Illinois on May 15th, 2014.

Congratulations Chief - we couldn't agree more with their decision and we're proud to work alongside you!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 
It's that time of year again! Dust off your golf clubs and join us Friday, June 6th, 2014 at Tamarack Country Club in Shiloh for a day of great golfing!

Your generous support has made this event a success for 15 years and we're once again asking for your help! There are several ways in which you can assist - tiered hole sponsorships, forming a team of four golfers, donating attendance prizes or by purchasing raffle tickets.
 Tax deductible hole sponsorships are available the following donation levels:
 ~$500 (or more) - Chief Sponsor
 ~$250 -499 - Deputy Chief Sponsor
 ~$100 -249 - Assistant Chief Sponsor

If you're interested in hole sponsorships, donating attendance prizes, forming a team or purchasing raffle tickets, please contact Firefighter and Golf Committee Chair, Jeff Talley  at 618.624.4500 ext. 5013 or via e-mail  jtalley (at) ofallon.org

 Thank you for your continued support!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 
Explorer Post 4300 is holding a car wash and cookout on Saturday, May 31st from 10:00am - 3:00pm!

This fundraiser will help send the Explorers to Fire College at the Illinois Fire Service Institute. Stop by and have a snack while the Explorer's wash you car!

Friday, April 4, 2014 
Join us at Syberg's on Monday, April 7th to fill the boot for MDA.  If you plan to cheer the Cardinals on during their home opener, come to Syberg's to watch the game and support a great cause! In addition to the firefighters  taking donations in their boots for MDA, Syberg's will be donating 10% of sales between 4:00pm - 8:00pm to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Be sure to mention "dine to donate" when it's time to pay your bill!

See you Monday night!

Saturday, March 8, 2014 
With the beginning of daylight saving time approaching on Sunday March 9, the O’Fallon Fire Department would like to remind everyone to CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS / CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES.

The O’Fallon Fire Department actively supports the Change Your Clocks/Change Your Batteries program. The program promotes the changing of all household smoke detector batteries twice a year in order to raise awareness of the importance of properly working household smoke detectors. It is proven that working smoke detectors save lives.

The O’Fallon Fire Department offers the following tips for making sure the smoke alarms in your home are maintained and working properly
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound.
- If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
- The manufacturers recommend that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are replaced every 10 years.  Carbon Monoxide detectors may need to be replaced   every seven years.  Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on the back.
- Reminder:  Electric wired smoke detectors in residences have battery backups.
- Compressed air can be used to blow out detectors and reduce the chance of false alarms by removing foreign debris that can activate the detector.

Visit NFPA’s Web site at www.nfpa.org/smokealarms  for more information.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 
You may start noticing new fire apparatus around town in the next few weeks! One of the new Engines we received back in late November is already running frontline calls out of Engine House 3 in Shiloh. The other is expected to be in service soon.

In addition, our new 100' Ladder/Platform was recently delivered and crews are beginning to train on it, while members of the truck committee work to get it outfitted with all the needed tools and equipment. New 4329 should be in service soon. Old 4329 and old 4311 are moving on to serve new departments - we're grateful for the 30+ years of service 4329 gave us, (and 4311's tenure as well) and happy to report both apparatus will continue fire and rescue activities!

Look for new photos to be added once the weather becomes more spring like!

Friday, February 14, 2014 
Carbon monoxide, often called the silent killer, is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels, such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane, burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.

Here are some tips for making sure the carbon monoxide detectors in your home are installed, maintained and working properly:

- Choose a carbon monoxide detector that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- Before installation, read the manufacturer’s instructions on the back of your carbon monoxide detector.
- Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all carbon monoxide alarms throughout the home.
- Test all carbon monoxide detectors at least once a month. If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. A single beep or chirp can indicate that the battery is low and needs to be replaced. If the battery has been replaced and the detector continues to sound, the detector may be faulty.
- Many carbon monoxide detectors carry a seven year life-cycle from the date they were powered up. Please make sure that you replace old detectors. 
- If the carbon monoxide detector alarm sounds; in most cases the detector will beep four times, pause, then continue the four beep cycle to indicate the presence of carbon monoxide; immediately move to a fresh-air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone in the building is accounted for. Call 9-1-1 for help from a fresh-air location and stay there until emergency personnel arrive.
- If you are unsure about the possibility of carbon monoxide within your residence after reviewing detector instructions, please contact the fire department.

We would also like to provide the following tips to help reduce or eliminate dangerous levels of carbon monoxide from forming near you and your loved ones:

- If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if the garage door is open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow or debris.
- During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
- If you are using a generator, make sure it is in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
- Gas or charcoal grills can produce carbon monoxide, make sure to use them outdoors only.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the O’Fallon Fire Department at 618.624.4515. For Emergencies, always dial 9-1-1.

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