Fire Blog

December 7, 2015

Today, the task of setting up new street signs begins. For the next several weeks, Alachua County E-911 and High Springs Public Works will begin re-addressing roughly 1,000 addresses in the city. The reason for the re-addressing is in accordance with a request by Alachua County upon the transition of police dispatch services to the County’s Combined Communications Center.

All costs are being covered by Alachua County and NOT being paid by The City of High Springs. The Postal Service will continue to deliver mail to old city addresses for one year after the transition. All High Springs Police and primary Fire apparatus are equipped with computer consoles in the vehicle built with GPS and AVL (Automatic Vehicle Locator) technology to assist first responders in navigating to emergency calls. Also, a key is being provided to emergency services with the conversion of old addresses to new addresses. For the last week, HSFD and HSPD have been dispatched to calls using new addressing with no issues or delays reported. .

A couple of notes, Main Street will retain it’s name with slight modification, it will be known as High Springs Main Street with numbering changing to 5 digits. Railroad Avenue will also keep it’s name, but will too have the 5 digit numbering following the newly addressed cross streets.

In an emergency, every second counts and it is the top concern of the City of High Springs and Alachua County to provide quick and efficient emergency services. The re-addressing within the city will assist 911 operators and emergency services to locate and respond quickly and with less confusion.

Official notification from Alachua County is going out to all impacted addresses via mail today.

 

October 8, 2015

It’s something we all see A LOT of… construction work zones! While they admittedly can be annoying sometimes, they are making your drive safer and more convenient once completed.

Just after 11PM last night, October 7th, HSFD responded to TWO accidents in a construction work zone. These accidents resulted in injury to the drivers. Luckily, no workers were injured (or worse). A few things to consider when driving through a work zone:

1. Be Alert – Expect anything to occur why entering a work zone.

2. Don’t Tailgate – Unexpected stops frequently occur in work zones.

3. Don’t Speed – Note the posted speed limits in and around the work zone.

4. Don’t Change Lanes in the Work Zone – The time saved just isn’t worth the chance.

5. Minimize Distractions – Avoid changing the radio & using cell phones while driving in work zones.

6. Expect the Unexpected – Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.

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July 5, 2015

Did you know? Newer homes and furniture can burn eight times faster than houses built a generation earlier. Newer building materials like manufactured woods, plastics, and other synthetic products, burn faster and hotter than more traditional building materials.

Below is a screenshot of a video showing a “legacy” living room and a “modern” living room. Because of these new materials, the “modern” living room reached flashover in under 4 minutes, while the legacy took nearly half an hour.

To see the full video click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDNPhq5ggoE

Modern vs legacy building material fire timelapse still


 

May 4, 2015

At 8:32 this morning, High Springs Fire Department units Engine 29 and Tanker 29 arrived on-scene of a fully involved home at the corner of NW 15th Street and NW 3rd Avenue. Within 30 minutes, firefighters had the fire out.

The structure was abandoned at the time of the fire and has been deemed a total loss. No injuries were reported.

As always, we extend our gratitude to our mutual aid companies for their assistance; Newberry Engine 28 & Tanker 28, Alachua County Engine 21, Rescue 16 and District Chief 6.

 

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ACFR Rescue 17 also handled a vehicle accident just down the street from this incident with HSPD at the same time as this fire.


 

March 27, 2015

As with any boil water notice, there are often many questions. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has supplied the below tips.

To boil water

 

  • Fill a pot with water.
  • Heat the water until bubbles come from the bottom of the pot to the top.
  • Once the water reaches a rolling boil, let it boil for 1 minute.

 

  • Turn off the heat source and let the water cool.
  • Pour the water into a clean container with a cover for storage.

Disinfecting water

If you are unable to boil your water, disinfect it instead.

If tap water is clear:

  • Use unscented bleach (bleach that does not have an added scent).
  • Add 1/8 teaspoon (8 drops or about 0.75 milliliters) of unscented household liquid bleach to 1 gallon

(16 cups) of water.

  • Mix well and wait 30 minutes or more before drinking.
  • Store disinfected water in clean container with a cover.

 

If tap water is cloudy:

  • Filter water using clean cloth.
  • Use unscented bleach (bleach that does not have an added scent).
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon (16 drops or 1.5 milliliters) of unscented household liquid bleach to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.
  • Mix well and wait 30 minutes or more before drinking.
  • Store disinfected water in clean container with a cover.

Remember that containers may need to be sanitized before using them to store safe water.

To sanitize containers:

  • Use unscented bleach (bleach that does not have an added scent).
  • Make a sanitizing solution by mixing 1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) of unscented household liquid bleach in 1 quart (32 ounces, 4 cups, or about 1 liter) of water.
  • Pour this sanitizing solution into a clean storage container and shake well, making sure that the solution coats the entire inside of the container.

Fact Sheet About What to Do During a Boil Water Advisory, continued

  • Let the clean storage container sit at least 30 seconds, and then pour the solution out of the container.
  • Let empty container air dry OR rinse it with clean water that has already been made safe, if available. Never mix bleach with ammonia or other cleaners. Open windows and doors to get fresh air when you use bleach.

Water filters

Boil tap water even if it is filtered. Most kitchen and other household water filters typically do not remove bacteria or viruses.

Preparing and cooking food

  • Wash all fruits and vegetables with boiled water that has cooled or bottled water.
  • Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute before adding food to cook.
  • Use boiled water when preparing drinks, such as coffee, tea, and lemonade
  • Wash food preparation surfaces with boiled water.

 

Feeding babies and using formula

 

  • Breastfeeding is best. Continue to breastfeed. If breastfeeding is not an option:
  • Use ready-to-use baby formula, if possible.
  • Prepare powdered or concentrated baby formula with bottled water. Use boiled water if you do not have bottled water. Disinfect water for baby formula if you cannot boil your water (see above for directions on how to use bleach to disinfect water).
  • Wash and sterilize bottles and nipples before use.
  • If you cannot sterilize bottles, try to use single-serve, ready-to-feed bottles

 

 

Ice

 

  • Do not use ice from ice trays, ice dispensers, or ice makers.

 

  • Throw out all ice made with tap water.

 

  • Make new ice with boiled or bottled water.

 

Bathing and showering

 

Be careful not to swallow any water when bathing or showering.

 

Use caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath to reduce the chance of them swallowing water.

Brushing teeth

 

Brush teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use untreated tap water.

 

 

Washing dishes

 

Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees or if the dishwasher has a sanitizing cycle.

 

To wash dishes by hand:

 

  • Wash and rinse the dishes as you normally would using hot water.
  • In a separate basin, add 1 teaspoon of unscented household liquid bleach for each gallon of warm water.
  • Soak the rinsed dishes in the water for at least one minute.
  • Let the dishes air dry completely.

 

 

Laundry

 

It is safe to do laundry as usual.

 

 

Pets

 

Pets can get some of the same diseases as people. It is a good idea to give them boiled water that has been cooled.


 

February 13, 2015

Earlier this evening, Engine 29 was dispatched to High Springs Community School for a reported fire alarm. Upon arrival, the crew found a light haze of smoke in the cafeteria. To err on the side of caution, the call was “upgraded” to a building fire response, bringing in companies from Alachua County Fire Rescue and Newberry.

After a full investigation, it was determined the cause of the smoke was a faulty air handler. No damage or injuries were reported. Thankfully, the fire alarm did it’s job and a potentially bad situation was avoided. With this in mind, now would be a good time to check your home smoke detector (or alarm system, if you have one) to make sure they are in proper working order.

Our thanks to Alachua County Fire Rescue and Newberry Fire Department for their assistance.


 

February 12, 2015

A few things to think about when looking at your home… Is my home emergency friendly?

Ask yourself these questions:

-Is my house number visible?
-Is my home well lit at night?
-Is my driveway accessible?

If your private vehicle struggles to go up your driveway, it’s likely most fire apparatus won’t be able to. Our largest trucks are nearly 13 feet tall and weigh close to 40,000 lbs. Driveways should be at least 9 feet wide and be free of large ditches and holes as well as low hanging branches.

In an emergency, every second counts. Easy accessibility will allow us to reach you faster.