Please keep in mind the number of persons in the Community contracting COVID-19 is increasing every day. We all are trying to return to our normal daily routines however, more time is needed for a vaccine to be developed and administered.
In the meantime continue to practice everyday preventive actions as recommended by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are working to help keep you and the community safe from the threat of a novel, or new corona virus. Take the following everyday steps to help avoid the spread of not only the Covid but all respiratory viruses:
remote controls and doorknobs.
The year 2020 marks a tradition when Union Firefighters participate in a group picture. Members gathered for the traditional group picture on October the 4th at fire station #1. Certainly a proud moment in time as all groups, paid staff, volunteers, administrative and senior active members are represented. The group picture is taken every five years and displayed in the Community Education Room.
Fire Prevention Week will be here soon. The week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In 1925 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the week of October 9th a National observance to be known as Fire Prevention Week. During this time firefighters provide lifesaving public education on how to prevent and stay safe from fires.
The Union Fire Protection District actively participates with the Union Community promoting the yearly fire safety messages. Due to the concerns with COVID the Fire District is having to take a virtual approach this year to deliver the fire safety message, “Fire Safety in the Kitchen”. The National Fire Protection Association has introduced Sparky’s School House to assist firefighters and teachers in delivering the year’s fire safety curriculum via the web.
Traditionally Union Firefighters visit area schools and teach the fire safety message to students and faculty however, understanding the needs and actions taken to slow the spread of COVID the virtual approach seemed to be in everyone’s’ best interest. School officials and firefighters met and agreed to the virtual approach.
There are handouts available at Fire Station #1 located at 1401 West Springfield or one may visit our web site unionfd.org and follow the tabs to FIRE/Fire Prevention.
The Union Fire Protection District is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions one can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires start in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
Please share these safety tips to keep from having a cooking fire:
“Cooking fires can be prevented,” say Fire Chief Russell Hamilton. “they can grow quickly. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”
The Fire District encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”
Congratulations Captain Greg Miller to the position of Fire Inspector. Captain Miller will be responsible for performing and overseeing the annual fire inspections. A crew of Firefighters will assist Captain Miller in these inspections. Captain Miller will also be tasked with reviewing plans and drawings for new construction, additions to existing buildings and site work. Overall, he will see to it the Union Fire Protection District Fire Prevention Code is adhered to in the Union Community.
Fire Chief, Union Fire District
The Union Fire Protection District houses and maintains a specialized piece of equipment;
An 1890 Hand Pumper. The Hand Pumper provided service to the Union Community from 1890 till 1905. In 1890 it was approved by ordinance for purchase form the LM Ramsey Mfg. Company located in St. Louis Missouri for $2,500. In 1905 it was taken out of service and sold to Augusta Missouri for $172.50 with an agreement the City of Union would also pay for the $2.50 round trip ferry trip ticket across the Missouri River to get it there. It later would be sold to a private party and then willed to the St. Louis County of Transportation Following recent discussions the Union Fire District accepted it into possession and restored it to its former glory.