PulsePoint App for Community Awareness
There’s a new smartphone app we’d like to highlight that is saving lives. In addition to life-saving CPR notifications, the PulsePoint application provides a complete virtual window into the emergency communication centers of PulsePoint-enabled agencies. Mobile users have real-time access to emergency activity as it is occurring in these communities. App users are able to view active incidents – including the current response status of dispatched units (enroute, on scene, etc.) – and instantly pinpoint incident locations on an interactive map. Curious as to where that fire engine or ambulance that just passed is headed? Is there an accident up ahead causing this traffic tie-up? Just tap the application to quickly find the incident location or plan an alternate route. A log of recent incidents and a photo gallery of significant events can also be easily accessed.
Users can also choose to be notified of incidents by type when they are dispatched and listen in on live emergency radio traffic via the modern version of the traditional fire scanner.
Don’t live in a covered community? You’ll still find listening to the live action of dispatchers, firefighters, and paramedics informative and interesting. For the professional responder, PulsePoint Respond can improve situational awareness, increase incident and resource visibility and enhance overall interoperability with neighboring systems.
Marion County Fire District #1 May 2016 Local Option Replacement Levy Q&A
Marion County Fire District #1 is asking voters to support emergency response services by levying 71¢ per $1,000 assessed value for four years beginning in November 2016. The levy would replace the current 29¢ per $1,000 levy that expires in June 2016. The following are answers to questions about the levy:
Q: What happens if it does not pass?
A: Providing the highest level of protection for the most efficient cost has been a top priority of MCFD#1, so over the past year we have not filled positions and have cut our spending in every way possible to ask our citizens for only what we need. Emergency response services will continue to be a top priority, but without operational funding, emergency responder staffing levels will decrease and response times to your emergency may increase.
Q: If the levy passes, will Marion County Fire District #1 continue to use volunteers as well as paid staff?
A: Absolutely. Marion County Fire District #1’s trained, volunteer emergency responders work alongside the District’s paid staff, primarily on evenings and weekends, to ensure sufficient responders are available. If you are interested in volunteering, call or visit our website to learn more.
MCFD#1 hosts Family Orientation for new volunteers
On Thursday evening March 31st the District hosted a meeting with our newest volunteers and their family and friends to provide them with an overview of the fire district as well as to provide information about what to expect going forward related to training and responding to calls. The district holds these orientation sessions a couple of times a year when we bring on new volunteers. Topics include district demographics and response data, an overview by our training division, the safety culture of the fire service, as well as allowing time for family and friends to ask questions. The event ends with a tour of the fire station and fire apparatus. For more information on volunteering, please see our website at https://www.mcfd1.com/volunteer.
Marion County Fire District #1 Conducts Live Fire Training
On Saturday, April 9, MCFD#1 conducted live fire training at a vacant structure located in the 3400 block of Cordon Road NE.
The training concentrated on combating residential structure fires and involved multiple firefighting forces, including command staff, fire engines, a medic, and mobile water supply units, as well as crews and leadership from Salem Fire Department. This live-fire training, also known as a “Burn to Learn,” is designed to provide realistic interior firefighting conditions for firefighters and is conducted in accordance with strict safety guidelines.
Training objectives included fire ground safety, communication, firefighting strategy and tactics, ventilation, and fire suppression. When the interior fire training drills were completed, the house was allowed to burn in a controlled and safe manner with fire crews on scene and in control.
Residential fires represent approximately 80% of the structural fires that firefighters respond to each year. These fires also account for the majority of civilian deaths and injuries, as well as the majority of firefighter injuries. Kitchen fires, heating equipment, and careless smoking are leading causes of residential structure fires and are both predictable and preventable.
Marion County Fire District 1 reminds everyone to take responsible action in preventing fires and planning ahead for your safety. One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is to install, maintain, and test smoke alarms in your home. A working smoke alarm greatly reduces your chances of dying in a fire. Make and practice a home fire escape plan and set a meeting place outside. Once you are outside it is important that everyone remains outside. Be sure everyone in your family knows at least two escape routes from their bedrooms.