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HELP SEND THE EXPLORER POST TO FIRE COLLEGE!
   
Monday, March 30, 2015 
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The O'Fallon Fire Department Explorer Post is hosting a car wash & cook out to raise funds for the annual trip to the Illinois Fire Service Institue for Explorer Fire College

Stop by Station #2 (at the corner of Hwy 50 and 3rd Steet) this Saturday, April 4th from 10:30am - 2:30pm to help support the Explorer Post!


 
JOIN US FOR OUR 16th ANNUAL SPRING GOLF CLASSIC
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 
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Come join us Friday, June 5th, 2015 at Tamarack Country Club in Shiloh, IL for a great day of golfing fun with a shotgun start promptly at 11:00am! This tournament serves as the department’s primary fundraising activity that supports the O’Fallon community.

The O’Fallon Volunteer Fire Department is a highly trained, well equipped, all volunteer department consisting of 47 members protecting an area encompassing 43 square miles including the City of O’Fallon, Village of Shiloh, and unincorporated areas within the O’Fallon, Shiloh Valley, and Caseyville Townships .

In addition to our response to emergencies, the volunteers spend many hours in formal training, educating the public about fire prevention, performing community service, and fundraising activities for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

Your generous support has made this event a success for over 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

All sponsorships will include a sign on a tee box with recognition at the tournament pavilion on the day of thetournament.

We are also seeking the donation of attendance prizes to be given to golfers participating in the tournament, along with items to be auctioned

You may give your hole sponsorship and/or attendance prizes to any member of the O’Fallon Volunteer Fire Department, call for the item to be picked up, or simply mail your donation to:

O’Fallon Volunteer Fire Department
Attn: 16th Annual Spring Golf Classic
P.O. Box 332
O’Fallon, IL 62269

Should you have any questions concerning our tournament, tournament teams, hole sponsorship levels, or attendance prize donations, please contact Fred Schmitt at (618) 624-4500 Ext. 5013 or via email fschmitt@ofallon.org

Thank you for your continued support!
 


 
NEW HEADQUARTERS AT ENGINE HOUSE 4 IS IN SERVICE!
Friday, January 16, 2015 
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Early last week we were able to put our new Headquarters at Engine House #4 in to service. The new engine house allows us to better serve the residents in the northern and western portions of our fire protection district and gives us expanded space for training. While Engine House #4 is now active, work on the facility continues. Small projects are still being completed and landscaping should be finished near Spring. We expect to hold a grand opening and open house in the spring when the facility is completed.

 
   
   
SURPRISED BY A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS!
   
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 
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Recently the O'Fallon Fire Department was surprised by two young members of the community who spent their Christmas Eve caroling and collecting donations for the fire department. They stopped by the firehouse Monday and presented Chief Saunders with their donations! We're humbled by the generosity of these two young men and their selfless actions. Thank you guys!

 
PUT A FREEZE ON WITNER FIRES - PART 4: HOLIDAY SAFETY
   
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 
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Part 4 of the "Put a Freeze on Winter Fires" series focuses on Holiday safety. Use of candles, increased electrical usage and Christmas trees not being watered everyday all present a fire hazard. To keep your home safe this holiday season, the Nation Fire Protection Association recommends the following safety tips:

- Water live Christmas trees everyday

- Do not overload electrical outlets

- Ensure all candles are far enough away from any combustible material; 2 of every 5 home decoration fires are started by candles

- Use candle holders that do not tip over easily

- Never use a candle when oxygen is being used in the home

- Never lead a child alone in a room where a candle is burning, and never leave your home without extinguishing all candles first

For more tips on how to keep your home safe this holiday season, please visit the NFPA.org website.

Happy Holiday from the O'Fallon Fire Department!


 
PUT A FREEZE ON WINTER FIRES - PART 3: THANKSGIVING SAFETY
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 
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Part 3 of the "Put a Freeze on Winter Fires" series focuses on Thanksgiving safety. With family over for celebrations, the kitchen can become a crowded place. Before letting children and other family members help, set some ground rules to keep everyone safe.

- Stay in the home when cooking - check on items frequently

- Stay in the kitchen when you are using the stovetop

- Make sure children stay away from the stove and oven. Children should be at least 3 feet away.

- Hot foods and liquids, even if they are not on the stove, can cause serious burns - ensure children are supervised near anything that could harm them.

- Keep knives, including electric knives, out of the reach of children. Talk to older children about how to stay safe around knives.

- Use extreme caution if you intend to fry a turkey and NEVER fry a turkey inside your home. The National Fire Protection Association recommends you leave turkey frying to professionals all together. Please consider reading their safety tips here:

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/cooking/safety-with-cooking-equipment/turkey-fryers

As always, ensure your smoke alarms are in working order and ensure you have a functional fire extinguisher handy.

Stay safe and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
 


 
PUT A FREEZE ON WINTER FIRES - PART 2: HEATING SAFETY
   
Saturday, November 15, 2014 
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Part 2 of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” focuses on heating safety.

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that faulty or improper use of heating equipment was the cause of 53,600 home fires in the United States in 2011.  Follow these tips to keep your home and family safe from heater related fires:

- Have your furnace serviced and inspected by a qualified professional every year

- Ensure any portable space heaters are at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn

- Confirm space heaters have a built in automatic shut-off

- Always plug space heaters directly into an outlet, never an extension cord

- If you’re heating your home with a wood burning stove only used wood that has properly seasoned (dried & prepared for burning)

- Ensure your chimney has been cleaned and inspected

- Never use your oven to heat your home

- Test your smoke alarm and CO alarms to ensure operation (ensure each level of your home has at least one smoke and CO alarm)
 


 
PUT A FREEZE ON WINTER FIRES - PART 1: CHIMNEY & FIREPLACE SAFETY
   
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 
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As the temperatures cool, the O'Fallon Fire Department will present a short series of articles to raise awareness on how to keep your family safe from chimney fires, heating fires, Thanksgiving safety and Holiday safety.

Week 1 - Chimney Fires

Cooling temperatures mean an increase in fireplace usage. To keep your home safe during fireplace season, the U.S Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association recommend the following tips:

- Have the chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary, especially if it has not been used for some time.

- Never discard hot ashes inside or near the home. Place them in a metal container outside and well away from the house.

- Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire.

- Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening, to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out, unwanted material from going in, and help prevent the possibility of burns to occupants.

- Don’t use excessive amounts of paper to build roaring fires in fireplaces. It is possible to ignite creosote in the chimney by overbuilding the fire.

- Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal can give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.

- Keep flammable materials away from your fireplace mantel. A spark from the fireplace could easily ignite theses materials.

- Before you go to sleep, be sure your fireplace fire is out. NEVER close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. A closed damper will help the fire to heat up again and will force toxic carbon monoxide into the house.
If synthetic logs are used, follow the directions on the package. NEVER break a synthetic log apart to quicken the fire or use more than one log at a time. They often burn unevenly, releasing higher levels of carbon monoxide.

For more information, please visit the National Fire Protection Association.


 
JOIN US FOR FIRE PREVENTION WEEK & OPEN HOUSE
   
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 
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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!


 
TAKE THE 2014 SMOKE ALARM PLEDGE
   
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 
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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:
http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/partners-in-safety/legoland/take-the-2014-smoke-alarm-pledge
 


 
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