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College Campus Fire Safety

College Campus Fire Safety

September has been designated as “Campus Fire Safety Month”, with the goal of raising national awareness about the importance of protecting our young adults while they are away at college. In college housing, fires average $25 million in property damages per year. Carelessness with smoking materials and candles are the leading causes of civilian campus deaths….

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Firefighters Team Up with National Campaign to Stop Gas Fires

Firefighters Team Up with National Campaign to Stop Gas Fires

Goal of summer effort is to reduce burn injuries to children Grilling outside and gathering around the campfire are summertime rituals for many families. This summer, parents and firefighters across the nation are working to keep outdoor fun from turning into tragedy by spreading the word that gasoline and fire never mix. An independent national…

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Matthews Completes Fire Officer 3 Certification

Lt. Jason Matthews, of the Parkersburg Fire Department, recently completed 60 hours of instruction for certification as Fire Officer 3. The class was held during WV ESCAPE. The annual Emergency Services Conference is held annually at Pipestem State Park and consists of dozens of courses related to fire and EMS training. The objective of the…

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New WV Camping Safety Website

New WV Camping Safety Website

West Virginia’s mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for recreational camps. There’s nothing more exciting than taking a hike in the woods, boating on a river or lake, sleeping under a starry night or simply enjoying the splendor of the scenery that surrounds you. While spending time outdoors in West Virginia, remember to be safe. The…

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Turn Around, Don’t Drown

Turn Around, Don’t Drown

According to the U.S. National Weather Service, each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. More than half of all flood related deaths result from vehicles being swept downstream. Of these, many are preventable. To…

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Firefighters Complete Instructor Training

Firefighters Complete Instructor Training

07/11/2013 – Several Parkersburg firefighters recently completed 48 hours of training to become certified at the level of Fire Instructor 2. With this certification, they will be able to function as a lead instructor. The firefighters completing certification include: Pvt. Kevin Ackerman Lt. Doug Ashley Lt. Brandon Brown Pvt. Randy Delancy Pvt. Jason Fleak, Training…

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811 Pipeline Safety Campaign Begins

811 Pipeline Safety Campaign Begins

The USDOT is working together with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to engage in a national education campaign promoting safe digging practices to prevent injuries and deaths associated with incidents from pipelines. There are 2.5 million miles of pipeline in our nation, and one-third of major pipeline accidents are caused by someone digging and hitting…

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Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

  In many child drownings, adults are nearby but have no idea the victim is dying. Here’s what to look for. This article is reprinted from Mario Vittone’s blog The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed…

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Storm Related Safety Tips

Storm Related Safety Tips

Prepare a Home Plan Pick a place where family members could gather, it could be a basement if there is no basement a center hallway, bathroom or closet on the lowest floor. If you live in a high rise building you should be in the center of the building or as close to center and the…

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Parkersburg Crews Battle Early Morning House Fire

Parkersburg Crews Battle Early Morning House Fire

06-12-2013 Around 3 a..m. Wednesday morning, firefighters responded to a house fire at 1320 Wells Circle. The first arriving engine reported a working fire, with visible flames and smoke showing, heavily involved.  “The house sat back from the street on a hill with high grass and debris. It was very difficult for firefighters to access…

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