Here is the North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District Recent Newsletters:

 

 


PREVENTING FALLS OF
OLDER ADULTS

 

 

North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District understands the importance of fall prevention of older adults - those 65 and older. Of the thousands of older Americans that fall at home each year, many of them are seriously injured, some are disabled and others die.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than one of four older adults falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor. The CDC also indicates that falling once doubles your chances of falling again.
 
During 2014, approximately 27,000 older adults died because of falls; 2.8 million were treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries, and approximately 800,000 of these patients were subsequently hospitalized.
 
Furthermore, these stats are even higher in Collier County. According to Step Smart Collier, the death rate for senior falls is 55% higher in Collier County as compared to statewide statistics, and is the leading cause of injury and death to seniors in Florida. 
 
In the North Collier Fire District, injuries sustained from falls are the most common medical call for service and account for 20% of all medical calls.

These are sobering statistics. North Collier Fire urges you to take the time to review the checklist below for yourself or for older adult friends and family members who may be here for the season or visiting on vacation.
 
Floors

  • Ensure that when you walk through a room, you do not have to walk around furniture.
  • Remove throw rugs or use double-sided tape or a non-slip backing so rugs won’t slip.
  • Always keep objects off the floor (papers, books, towels, shoes, magazines, boxes, etc.)
  • Ensure that you do not have to walk around wires or cords (like lamp, telephone, or extension cords)? Coil or tape cords and wires next to the wall so you can’t trip over them.

 Stairs & Steps

  • Always keep objects off stairs (shoes, books, etc.)
  • Fix loose or uneven steps.
  • Ensure there is enough lighting overhead on stairs.
  • Make sure that there is a light switch at the top and bottom of the stairs.
  • Make sure that carpet on stairs is firmly attached to every step, or remove the carpet and attach non-slip rubber treads to the stairs.
  • Fix loose handrails or put in new ones. Make sure handrails are on both sides of the stairs and are as long as the stairs.

 Kitchen

  • Move items that you use often to lower shelves.
  • If you must use a step stool, get one with a bar to hold on to. Never use a chair as a step stool.

 
Bathrooms

  • Put a non-slip rubber mat or self-stick strips on the floor of the tub or shower.
  • Have a carpenter install grab bars inside the tub and next to the toilet.

 Bedrooms

  • Place a lamp close to the bed where it’s easy to reach.
  • Put in a night-light so you can see where you’re walking.

 Other

  • Exercise regularly. Exercise makes you stronger and improves your balance and coordination.
  • Have your doctor or pharmacist look at all the medicines you take, even over-the-counter medicines. Some medicines can make you sleepy or dizzy.
  • Have your vision checked at least once a year by an eye doctor. Poor vision can increase your risk of falling.
  • Get up slowly after you sit or lie down.
  • Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.
  • Improve the lighting in your home. Put in brighter light bulbs. Florescent bulbs are bright and cost less to use. It’s safest to have uniform lighting in a room.
  • Hang lightweight curtains or shades to reduce glare.

Falls can be prevented. Take the time to review these preventative measures to keep your loved ones safe.
 
The Board of Fire Commissioners
North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District

 

 

 


THINK SAFETY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

 

 

Fall is upon us and the holiday season is just around the corner.   The North Collier Fire District is asking you to think safety as you plan your holiday gatherings with friends and family.
 
In the Kitchen
Did you know that most residential fires start in the kitchen?  Furthermore, Thanksgiving Day is the single most popular day for kitchen fires throughout the year followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.  Homeowners are 200% more likely to have a kitchen fire on Thanksgiving Day compared to other days of the year.   Here are a few safety tips to remember at your holiday gathering:

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove top.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove.
  • Keep floor clear of trip hazards such as toys, kids, shoes or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time.
  • Be sure electric cords from cooking equipment are not dangling off the counter or in reach of children.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children, and never leave a child alone in a room with a lit candle.
  • Be sure your home has working smoke detectors.
  • If you home uses natural gas or propane appliances, be sure to have working carbon monoxide detectors.
  • If a fire occurs in a pan on the stove, cover the pan with a lid if possible.
  • If a fire occurs inside the oven, do not open the oven but turn off the power on the stove or at the main breaker panel.  

Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey
Turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures and units currently available for home use can pose a significant danger of releasing hot oil at some point during the cooking process. If you plan to fry your turkey, consider these dangers:

  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in.
  • A partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the fryer.
  • Without temperature controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot cooking oil over a larger area.
  • The sides of the cooking fryer, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.    

Candle Safety
Don’t forget about your holiday decorations, including candles, which can cause fires in your home resulting in property damage, injuries or even death. The National Fire Protection Agency reports that candles start 38% of home decoration structure fires, and that the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day and Christmas Eve.  Review these candle safety tips to keep your family safe: 

  • 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.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Think about using flame-less candles in your home.
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage.   

Christmas Tree Safety
As many families purchase their Christmas tree around Thanksgiving, we remind you of these safety tips:

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
  • Place tree at least three feet away from any heat source like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Add water to the tree stand daily.
  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect. 
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.  

We invite you to contact the District at (239) 597-3222 to learn more about fire safety during the holidays.
 
Norman Feder
Chairman
North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District

 

 

 

Newsletter-NCFR- July -2016 - North Collier Fire Control & Rescue District.pdf

 

 

 

 Newsletter-NCFR-Spring-2016 - North Collier Fire Control & Rescue District.pdf

 

 

 

 

AN ALL-HAZARDS RESPONSE AGENCY


North Collier Fire Rescue is an All Hazards Response Agency that responded to 16,600 calls for service in 2015. 
 
What does "All Hazards Response" mean?  It means that while our highly trained firefighters, EMTs and paramedics are ready and able to respond to traditional fire and medical emergencies, demands and needs of this 21st century world we live in have them routinely responding to other non-traditional hazards.   The days of waiting around for the next fire alarm are long gone. 

 

 

Our all hazards approach includes specialty training of firefighters to address all possible threat types which may be natural such as fire, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning; technical such as metal fatigue, excessive corrosion or production errors; or human (accidental or intentional) such as crime, terrorism, accidents, human oversight or illness. 
 
With 264 square miles of service area including coastal and inland topography and urban and rural landscapes and more than 140,000 annual residents, our response encompasses a broad spectrum of threats and hazards.  Response efforts become more varied when you add in another 100,000 plus visitors to our district to recreate, dine and stay in the many hotels and employees who travel into the district for work in the large corporate and commercial buildings.
 
All Hazards does not mean “plan for everything”.  Rather, we measure risk with frequency.  Although incidents may not frequently occur, if there is significant risk, we must consider the options within our service provisions. In working collaboratively with our jurisdictional partners, we can ensure effective response to all hazards.

 

North Collier Fire is proud of its relationships with community providers such as hospitals, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Collier County EMS and fellow Fire-Rescue agencies.  These partnerships have culminated into joint operations to include, but not limited to:


Marine Emergency Response Team (MERT)
Fire and Law Enforcement agencies countywide work in conjunction with the US Coast Guard to respond to boating accidents, disabled vessels, swimmers in distress, missing vessels and other boating incidents both in the Gulf of Mexico and the hundreds of miles of inter-coastal waterways. North Collier has one 36’ Twin-Vee along with two smaller boats for use in the canals and backwaters.

Incidents of Mass Violence
Working in coordination with law enforcement partners, the men and women of the Fire District are trained and prepared to enter an active scene to rescue and rapidly remove injured persons. The nightly news bears evidence to these increasingly prevalent incidences.
 
Hazardous Materials Response
North Collier was a founding member of the County wide DRT (District Response Team) and employs 35 Florida Certified HAZMAT Technicians. The team has monitoring equipment to detect chemical, radiological, biological and nuclear weapons of mass destruction and is commonly activated to detect gas and carbon monoxide in structures where natural gas or propane has leaked or exploded. The team also assists the Regional Bomb Squad for air quality monitoring and substance sampling.

Technical Rescue
This 30 member team is trained in high angle rescue to assist persons such as window washers, painters, crane operators and construction workers who are trapped or unable to self-rescue from areas high off the ground. The team works in cooperation with Florida Task Force 6, one of six Florida regional response teams. Past activations include missing persons, cell tower rescues and tornado and hurricane aftermath. The District also utilizes search and rescue trained K-9s.

Beach Response
The pristine Gulf beaches are another draw to our community. Data shows that there are more than 3 million visits per year to the beaches and business along the coast in the North Naples area. Response challenges include limited access points, extended response times and density of persons on the beach. In response, we are developing a beach rescue program in conjunction with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

Retirement Communities
Our District’s demographics include retirement and assisted living communities which significantly impact service requests with high call volume and high acuity level of patients who cannot self-evacuate. Knowing the inherent high risks of these facilities, the District deploys additional resources when responding to incidents of power outages, fire, smoke conditions or alarms at these locations.
 
North Collier Fire Rescue is committed to meeting the needs and expectations of our residents today and in the future. Ever-evolving, the District continuously evaluates the development of innovative solutions to manage the challenges faced each day. You can be assured that North Collier Fire Rescue will continue to provide rapid response delivered by dedicated and caring professionals.