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Skaneateles Fire Department Oct. update

Fire prevention week was Oct. 6 through Oct. 12 and this year’s slogan was “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” This year’s annual open house was held on Friday, Oct. 11. Local residents enjoyed an action pack evening which included rides in the bucket of the ladder truck, various live demonstrations, and of course the cider and donuts provided by the Skaneateles Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary.

During the week of Oct. 7 through 11, members of the Skaneateles Fire Department conducted fire prevention activities at Waterman Primary School, State Street Intermediate School, the YMCA and the local daycare centers throughout the community. The firefighters enjoyed teaching the local school children various activities related to fire safety including: firefighter identification, stop drop and roll, how to dial 911, home escape routes and the importance of smoke detectors in the home.

For the month of September, the members of the Skaneateles Fire Department responded to a total of 33 calls bringing the yearly total to 273 calls. As of Sept. 30, the SFD has responded to 12 fewer calls as compared to the same time last year. Below is a summary of September’s responses:

Fire: 22

Rescue: 2

EMS: 5 (SFD responds when SAVES is on another call)

Water Rescue: 1

Mutual Aid: 3 (SFD responds to another fire district)

Total number of calls for September: 33

Total Personnel Hours for September: 196.8

Average Personnel Response per Alarm: 14 personnel

Tickets for the 2014 “High Stakes” raffle are now available from any firefighter or online at skanvfd.com. At the present time, 105 tickets have been sold in anticipation of the $500 early holiday drawing which will be held on Dec. 2. $100 drawings will be held on the first Monday of each month during May, June and July with the final “High Stakes” raffle drawings being held on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at the Skaneateles Fire Department’s second annual Casino Night at the Austin Park Pavilion.

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