Emergency Response and District News
CAFD crews responded to a dump truck rollover on July 10th on Hwy 2 and the Aune Road. The dump truck rolled several times after swerving to miss another vehicle. The driver suffered minor injuries but had to be extricated from the vehicle. CAFD was assised by the East Brevator, Industrial, Grand Lake Fire Departments and the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.
Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks.
Fireworks by the numbers
- In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17.800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 oustide and other fires. These fires resulted in an estmated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct proeprty damage.
- In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 5% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremeties and 31% were to the head.
- The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 15-24, followed by children under 10.
- On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two our of five of those fires, morfe than any other cause of fires.
District staff recently participated in Smoke Recognition training at Station 3. The Training was condcuted in a specially engineered trailer designed to duplicate the smoke conditions inside a structure fire. CAFD staff trained to recognize changes inthe interior environment and smoke conditions leading up to a flashover while insde a burning structure.
A flashover is when the temperature inside a structure rises to the point that the unburned gasses contained in the smoke ignite filling the entire area with fire from floor to ceiling. Flashover is a leading cause of death an injury to firefighters during a fire. The special two level design of the training unit allowed staff to sit below the "floor" level ofthe upper burn room and observe the behavior of the fire and smoke. This training was part of a tactical update the District is conducting to deal with current construction practices in a safe an effective manner.