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Asheville Fire Department Wants Citizen Info about Fires

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Asheville Fire Department, along with the Asheville-Buncombe Arson Task Force, is asking citizens to please call them with any information regarding a series of fires on October 17, 2012.  There were six separate fires set that morning between 6:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. involving newspaper boxes.  These boxes were located on Coxe Ave. near the post office, two boxes in the 81 block of Patton Ave., one near Wells Fargo Bank, one at the intersection of Haywood St. and Battery Park and one off Wall St. near the Laughing Seed Restaurant.  Video footage shows a male subject in which we need your help in identifying. Anyone remembering suspicious activity around the mentioned locations the morning of October 17th can call the Asheville-Buncombe Arson Task Force at 828-255-5321 or Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050 with information.

Asheville Fire Department Middle School Summer Fire Camp

Monday, May 14th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a firefighter? Now is the chance for 25 middle school aged children to do just that.  Fire Escape is a 3 day summer camp put on by the Asheville Fire Department and is FREE of charge. This summer camp will open the eyes of a child to life as a firefighter and will allow them to participate in some fun firefighter activities. Fire Escape is a safe and fun way for a child to spend a few days out of their summer by meeting local firefighters, learning firefighting skills and making new friends!

Here is a list of some activities the campers will be involved in:
Hose handling
Use of firefighting gear
Use of fire extinguishers
Use of vehicle extrication tools
Search and rescue techniques
Patient care
Water safety

Speed competitions
Aerial rides

Fire Escape will be held June 11, 12 & 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Local 865 Firefighters Association camp off Clayton Rd. If you know of a middle school aged child who would like to attend this fun filled fire camp, please visit www.ashevillenc.gov/fire to download an application under FIRE ESCAPE. There are only 25 slots available so hurry and apply today.

Asheville Fire Department Stresses Safety During Fire Prevention Week

Monday, October 10th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – What’s the best way to protect your family from fire? Be ahead of the game, of course. With more than 360,000 home fires reported in the United States in 2009, according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), your best defense is a good offense.

That’s why the Asheville Fire Department is teaming up with NFPA from Oct. 9-15 for Fire Prevention Week.

This year’s campaign focuses on protecting your family from fire by preventing the leading causes of home fires — cooking, heating and electrical equipment, as well as candles and smoking materials. It also urges people to protect their homes and families with life-saving technology and planning.

“In 2009, 2,565 people died in home fires. Nearly all of these deaths could have been prevented by taking a few simple precautions like having working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan, keeping things that can burn away from the stove and always turning off space heaters before going to bed,” said Kelley Webb, public information officer with the Asheville Fire Department. “Fire is a dangerous opponent, but by anticipating the hazards, you are much less likely to be one of the nearly 13,000 people injured in home fires each year.”

The Asheville Fire Department offers the following tips for protecting your home and family from fire:

  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
  • If you smoke, smoke outside.
  • Use deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table.
  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.

“While preventing home fires in Asheville is always our number one priority, it is not always possible,” Webb said. “City of Asheville residents need to provide the best protection to keep their homes and families safe in the event of a fire. This can be achieved by developing an escape plan which you practice regularly and equipping homes with life-saving technologies like smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers.”

The following tips will help keep your family safe if there is a fire in your home:

  • Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home (including the basement).
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms in the home so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Test smoke alarms at least monthly and replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond when tested.
  • Make sure everyone in your home knows how to respond if the smoke alarm sounds.
  • Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible ways out.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.
  • If you are building or remodeling your home, consider installing home fire sprinklers.

The Asheville Fire Department will host activities during Fire Prevention Week, and the whole month of October, to promote “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!”

Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the power of prevention and available technologies to protect their own families from fire.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Asheville, contact the Asheville Fire Department at 828-259-5636.

To learn more about “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!” visit NFPA’s website at www.firepreventionweek.org.