The Shaker Pines Fire Department is committed to providing the highest level of life and property safety in an efficient and cost effective manner.
The Shaker Pines Fire Department strives to meet this task by providing the following programs:
Emergency Medical Services
Provide rapid and efficient response to fires, emergency medical incidents, and rescues in order to safeguard the life and property of our citizens.
Provide firefighters with the latest training (education), and the best available equipment to perform their duties.
Provide the highest level of emergency medical basic life services to our citizens.
Provide continued public education and prevention services to ensure the safety of our citizens.
Provide for planning and development for efficient operations and the future needs of our Fire Department and public at large.
Welcome to a New Member:
The Shaker Pines Fire Department welcomes Katherine Eslinger to the department. Katie was born and raised in Enfield, moved to Avon for 8 years, and says she is happy to be back. She is a professional photographer when not working her full time job. She plans on attending the CT Fire Academy Firefighter 1 class in January. When asked why the Fire Service her response was "I love fire and rescue because it combines the skill, the intelligence, the emotional awareness, and the hands on practicality of public service unlike any other division of public safety. But mostly I love the sense of family that the fire department owns. When you step up to serve, you step into a new family. Its the greatest feeling imaginable!"
We wish Katie all the luck and safety when doing all she will be doing for the Shaker Pines community.
American Heart Association 1st Aid & CPR Class Scheduled
An AHA Basic 1st Aid class has been scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Shaker Pines Fire Station. This class is a basic class for anyone that wants it for babysitting knowledge, or just to have it for your own knowledge and/or family safety. This is not geared towards any Daycare or Healthcare people.
An AHA Adult, Child, & Infant CPR class is scheduled for the following Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Shaker Pines Fire Station. This is a basic CPR program for anyone that just wants to know the proper procedure and methods of doing CPR on a family member or anyone else. This too is not geared Daycare or Healthcare people.
To register please "Click Here" and complete the registration form. You will receive an email verifying your entry into the class as well as other information.
Deadline to register for either class is Friday, November 27th. Cost for either class is $25. If you attend both classes the cost will be $40
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Lt. Ken Maltese, AHA Instructor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Trees and Fire Safety
No one wants to spoil the holiday season, but Christmas trees in the home can present a fire safety issue. A primary concern with a Christmas tree is fire danger, often brought on by the combination of electrical malfunctions and, in the case of a real tree, a drying tree.
According to a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) report, U.S. fire departments responded to more than 200 home structure fires annually from 2002 to 2005 that began with Christmas trees. Each year fires occurring during the holiday season injure 2,600 individuals and cause over $930 million in damage, according to the United States Fire Administration.
Electrical failures or malfunctions were involved in nearly half of the fires, while nearly a quarter occurred because a heat source was located too close to the tree. Decorative lights with live voltage were involved in more than 20 percent of the instances.
Electrical malfunctions can also ignite artificial trees and homeowners should take the same precautions in terms of tree placement and decorations as they would with a real tree.
Additionally, in the same three-year period, an annual average of 90 outside and other non-structure fires on home properties occurred because of Christmas trees stored on the property, the report indicates. Two-thirds of these fires occurred in January, with 64 percent of them being set intentionally. This suggests that discarded Christmas trees may be an attractive target for arsonists.
According to the NFPA even a well-watered tree should be taken down after four weeks. If you decorated your real tree right after Thanksgiving, it should be discarded the week after Christmas, not New Year's Day.