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.
As Thanksgiving approaches and we prepare for the day the Union Fire District urges residents to use extra caution and keep safety in mind when frying turkeys due to the fire and burn potential.
Although frying substantially cuts down on cooking time and some believe fried turkey taste better. The National Fire Protection Association and the American Burns Association discourage using turkeys’ fryers citing the fires and injuries associated with turkey frying devices. Turkey frying devices have a risk of tipping over, overheating, or spilling hot oil which may lead to fires and burns.
Following the manufacturers use and safety guidelines can make the frying experience a safer one. Some guidelines to follow are:
· Never use in, on or under garage, breezeway, carport, or porch
· Place fryer in full view on a flat surface in an open area away from structures
· Never leave fryer unattended, keep children and pets away
· Make sure poultry is completely thawed and dry
· Slowly lower poultry into hot oil
· If cooking oil begins to smoke immediately turn off gas supply off
to allow oil to cool
· If a fire occurs immediately call 911, Do no extinguish fire with water
Failing to properly measure the required oil often causes spill over resulting in fires or burns. Do a trial run to determine how much oil one’s turkey will need.
· Place the thawed turkey on the poultry rack and place in the empty
cold frying pot
· Fill pot with water until turkey is covered
· Remove turkey and mark water level
· Empty out frying pot and dry.
· The level mark will be the amount of oil needed for frying
The practice of deep-frying turkeys for the holidays has become quite popular and has changed the traditional meal preparation into a social gathering. The Union Fire District hopes your Thanksgiving holiday is a safe and enjoyable one.
Firefighters from Union Fire Station #3 reported to the Pacific Fire Training Tower on October 21. Union was one of the many Districts who attended a mutual aid training exercise. Pacific, Eureka, Cedar Hill, and Boles where just a few. The training consisted of working with each other in addressing the needs encountered at a structure fire. Shown are Union Firefighters Hutchings and Steinkamp.
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.