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A Message from Fire Chief Kris Kazian December 4, 2020 Windsor Severance Fire…
A Message from Fire Chief Kris Kazian
December 4, 2020
Windsor Severance Fire Rescue Community,
Thank you all for the kind words and thoughts on our special Angel Day, it was a very nice small gathering of the three of us and our kids via Zoom followed up by much of the same for Thanksgiving. I loved hearing people say Lexi’s name and asking me questions about her.
Exciting news this week as the Cameron Peak Fire that was in our back yard for 112 days is now listed at 100 percent containment. Hard to believe we had that fire going, along with the East Troublesome, for nearly a third of the year; another not so bright spot in 2020!
The other story of 2020 is of course the continued concerns with Covid and the challenges the communities and hospitals are facing. I continue to hear story after story of people who know people being impacted by Covid. At a Rotary meeting on Thursday, one of the members said a few months ago you did not really know anyone who had Covid and now it seems like everyone you know has it. WSFR is not immune to it either. I can tell you so far, we are lucky as cases have been fairly isolated and have not impacted our ability to respond. Our administrative staff is working from home as much as possible and we are trying to limit contact between firefighters as best as we can, but you can imagine given the nature of our business it is not an easy task to accomplish. Our crews continue to stay home when sick, conduct health screens and temperature checks several times per shift, wear masks, and disinfect their work and living areas frequently every shift. We have moved back to no interactions between stations which means no in-person multi-company trainings, but we’ve gotten pretty good at this whole Zoom thing and the crews are making the best of an unprecedented situation. I am very proud of how your WSFR crews and staff have stepped up to make sure we are doing our best to keep protecting our citizens.
I cannot help but think about the families being impacted and all of the challenges they face as I see the hospitalization and death rate numbers increasing as they are. I think of the nurses, doctors and hospital staff working tirelessly to help provide life-saving measures, and sometimes just providing compassion and grace to those in the hospitals. I think of all of the people working in the testing facilities and how they stand all day as each car drives through and is tested. The teachers who are working in the classrooms and those trying to wrangle the kids in the various online platforms and how hard those folks are working. I also think of all of the impacts to the business given the restrictions and operational challenges. I know it is not easy for them either. When we put all this together, it creates so much uncertainty, anger, resentment, fear, and challenges navigating everyday life for so many of us. The one thing we can all agree on is there is nothing easy about any of this and we are all facing new challenges early nearly every day.
We must remember we are all in this together and we all play a part in getting things back to “normal.” Where and how that is, is beyond my ability to fully understand, but I can tell you it gives me hope as I feel that each and every day I feel we are getting closer and closer. It absolutely takes time and we all need to respect one another and be willing to help lend a hand and be productive with one another rather than tear one another down. Doing so will not get us there any quicker and we will end up with hard feelings and in some cases insurmountable challenges that may alter our lives post Covid.
How many people have reached out and checked in with others? Great if you did, and it is not to late if you have not. It is a new week; we all should work to check in with someone else anyway. Did anyone check in with you? How did that make you feel? Sometimes a Facebook reach out is fine, maybe a text is a little more personal but there will never be anything to replace that live person to person communication. Make the phone call and spend a few minutes having some meaningful conversation with family, friends and neighbors, it might make all the difference in the world to them and to you.
Switching gears for a minute, I want to share some other terribly difficult news. A large part of my life has been spent teaching fire and life safety to children and adults. It is something I have taken seriously for over 30 years. Every time I hear of a person dying in a fire, it makes me wonder what happened; were the smoke alarms working, could it have been prevented, did they have anyone from their local fire department teach them about fire prevention?
Dear friends of Kristy and mine from Illinois shared the news that her elderly mother and stepfather were killed in a fire and her adult sister narrowly escaped. This is a family that has two generations of firefighters in it. I am certain they had heard the fire safety lessons and they new the dangers of fire as the victim was a mother-in-law and grandmother of firefighters. Then later that night, Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos died from complications of being in a house fire a week prior. It got me thinking about the way fire is so indiscriminate, it can affect the very rich to the working class and the poor all the same. While the details of the fire involving Hsieh are not clear, the fire in Illinois was attributed to misuse of smoking materials. I cannot feel but heartbroken for my friend and their family as well as the families of the nearly 3,700 people who die annually from fires in the US. It makes me think of the fatal fires I have responded to and the feelings I had after not being able to successfully rescue or resuscitate those people. It makes me keep focusing on making sure I work every day to make sure we get fire and life safety messages out there.
Do me a favor and take a moment and make sure your smoke alarms work in your home. We want to make sure you have the first line of defense operational and ready. Knowing what you would do in case of fire is also critical. We talk about having an escape plan which includes knowing two ways out of every room and having a meeting place, so you know whether everyone has escaped safely. If I can go the rest of my career at WSFR and not have a fatal fire as fire chief, I will consider one of my tasks accomplished. I would prefer to not have another fire, but that may not be as achievable.
As we push into the holiday months, we want to make sure we are all ready for the challenges of the colder weather, the use of fireplaces, having a Christmas tree in your home and the dangers of using space heaters this time of year. If you have any questions about fire safety, need help with a smoke alarm or just have a concern about fire related issues, give me a call or an email and we will be there to help you!
FREE MEALS for secondary students – Pick up begins today, Nov. 30 and continues …
FREE MEALS for secondary students – Pick up begins today, Nov. 30 and continues each Monday for remote learners through the week of Dec. 14.
Pick up locations & time – Severance Middle School-main front entrance (1801 Avery Plaza Street, Severance) -OR- Windsor High School-southwest side (1100 Main Street, Windsor) from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm on Mon. Nov. 30, Mon. Dec. 7 and Mon. Dec. 14.
No reservation required.
Reminder: The Board of Trustees will hold a Hybrid Virtual Town Board meeting to…
🖥️Reminder: The Board of Trustees will hold a Hybrid Virtual Town Board meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at 6:00 PM (MDT). To register for this meeting please follow the directions to log on from your computer, tablet or smartphone at:
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