A message from Fire Chief Kris Kazian
October 2, 2020
Windsor Severance Fire Rescue Community,
As we continue to get impacted by its smoke here on the Front Range, the upside is the Cameron Peak Fire is seeing additional containment. An interesting fact I read the other day was that smoke from the Mullen Fire in Wyoming is providing a filter on the sun which has reduced temperatures on the Cameron Peak Fire. This, coupled with fall’s cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels, has allowed the firefighters to gain ground on the fire. It is hard to believe we have seen Colorado’s largest (Pine Gulch) and the third largest (Cameron Peak) fires happen in the same fire season. I hope you are all able to keep tabs on things through the Facebook briefings that incident management team regularly puts out to the public. These posts are very informative and will likely answer many of your questions. WSFR still has an engine on the fire with three firefighters helping battle the blaze, something we anticipate may happen for quite some time.
As we turn yet another page on the calendar it is hard to believe we are into fall, a time when many of us are thinking about what we will dress up as for Halloween. I am not quite sure I will actually get dressed up, but I miss the thoughts of fun costume parties and gatherings of friends this time of the year.
The Fire Department is staying very busy. We are preparing for Fire Prevention Week to start. The theme this year is “Serve Up Safety In The Kitchen.” The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. We need to make sure if the stove or oven is on, there is someone in there watching over it. WSFR has had to take our typical fire safety lessons we teach in the school and go to a virtual format. Life Safety Educator Rebecca will be teaching classes through an online platform and our students will get the age appropriate safety messages from her this year.
Fire Prevention Week’s roots go all the way back to Mrs. O’Leary’s cow which has been blamed for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. While it has been disputed, Fire Prevention Week always falls around the October 8 anniversary of that historic fire which claimed the lives of 300 people. The Chicago Fire Academy sits on the land where the Great Chicago Fire started. A lesser known fact is that on same day in 1871 there was an even more devasting wildfire in Peshtigo, Wisc., which claimed the lives of an estimated 1,500-2,500 people.
In my office, I have been busy working to complete and submit a grant from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). Our grant request was for $1,000,000 which is the max allowed to be funded. While there are many agencies who will likely be vying for this grant, I hope that our Station 4 project makes it to the top of the list. This is just another example of the aggressive stance WSFR administration takes when trying to maximize our potential for offsetting costs to our taxpayers. We will not know if we were successful until January. It is our hope that we will be able to assure the financial funding needed to have a groundbreaking event for the new station in March.
You may recall the story from a few weeks ago where our firefighters took care of a cardiac arrest patient and after we revived the patient and transported her to the hospital, we finished mowing the lawn. I received the most amazing thank you card from the patient. To be able to read the words the person wrote in appreciation for the work your WSFR first responders provide on a daily basis is one of the more special thank you cards I have gotten in a long time. The training and dedication to our profession pays off in big ways each and every day. I know our folks do amazing work every time 9-1-1 rings but these types of thank you cards are truly cherished.
On Saturday night, WSFR was called to a working fire in Severance. While crews were putting out the fire, there were two other calls that occurred. One of them was also a cardiac arrest and as I was the closest unit, so I responded. A Severance police officer and I arrived and initiated CPR along with the portable AED kept in my vehicle we began resuscitation efforts. We had a Loveland Fire Rescue Authority engine standing by in our fire district to help assist if there were other incidents as all our units were tied up on the fire. The LFRA engine arrived on scene with a UCHealth ambulance and all crews gave the same great professional care. This is just another example of what a day at the firehouse can look like. Did you know, on average WSFR responds to an emergency every 2-1/2 hours, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
From a family standpoint, we continue to keep moving along. We are ready to winterize our garden and need to get our sprinkler system lines blown out. We are going to see how long we can keep the golf cart on the street before the snow starts to fly. We continue to support Cami as she works through her hybrid school year. I am proud to continue to place our fourth Little Free Library as a member of the Windsor Rotary Club.
WSFR is always here for you. We answer questions, install car seats, assist with batteries in your smoke alarms if you can not reach them, and of course we are here for your emergencies whenever you need us. You all have our number, just call! We are happy to help and know we make a difference every chance we get.
A message from Chief Fire Kris Kazian October 23, 2020 Windsor Severance Fire…
A message from Chief Fire Kris Kazian
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Windsor Severance Fire Rescue Community,
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