The San Diego
Regional Fire Foundation Presents

Command Post: San Diego

A unique look at Fire and Emergency Response in San Diego County: Meet the men and women who keep us safe, and learn more about what you can do to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

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Fire House 101

Explorer Program Prepares High School Kids for a Career in Firefighting

Help us fill the shortage of qualified candidates to join our fire departments throughtout San Diego County.

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Regional Overview

We're helping the County and CalFire map San Diego's back country, because that's where our wildfires start

Only $47,000 left to raise to provide firefighters with mobile data computers and update County Assessor maps to include truck trails, dirt roads, and irregular addresses.

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Command Post: San Diego
CalFire Incidents fire.ca.gov/
National Interagency Fire Center
(National Fire Tracking)
nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm
National Incident Information System
(Wildfire Tracking)
inciweb.org
Ready San Diego readysandiego.org
2-1-1 (San Diego) 211sandiego.org

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April Fire Foundation Chairman's Letter

 

Contents

Our volunteer firefighters continue to need equipment and training to best serve all of the residents in San Diego County. Help them so they can help you! 

 

Romance on the Fire Lines

Think that 24/7 togetherness can't be done?
Think again!
Read their story here.

 

 

Follow Us!

 
 

Candidate Physical Ability Testing Available in SD


There is a constant need for new firefighters throughout San Diego County. To meet minimum standards, potential firefighters need to undergo extensive firefighting and medical training. One test required by 160 fire departments in the State is the Candidate Physical Ability test. The test has eight components including:

  • stair climb
  • dragging fire hose and bringing it in
  • carrying an extension ladder
  • putting it up and extending it, etc.

All of this must be accomplished with 75 lbs. of gear on your back in less than 10 minutes and 20 seconds. 

Until now, there were only three locations in California where the testing was offered and all firefighter recruits in San Diego had to go to Orange County to take the test.

Thanks to a $40,000 grant from San Diego County Board of Supervisors' Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, all necessary equipment has been purchased allowing firefighting recruits to take this test in the Miramar College Fire Prevention Technology Program. This will allow the 700 students enrolled in the college's two-year associates degree program in fire technology to take this test.    

 

Press


The San Diego Foundation did a nice article on us. Check it out!
 
 

Upcoming Events

April 3

Free Heart Screening for children & young adults.

The Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Westview High School
13500 Camino Del Sur
San Diego, CA
epsavealife.org

April 22

Firefighter Night at the Padres
Padres vs. Cardinals
Petco Park
burninstitute.org

April 23

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Barona Reservation Resort and Spa, 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside
The Fire Safe Council of San Diego County

May 12

Spirit of Courage Awards Banquet
Sheraton Mission Valley Hotel
Learn more

June 4

Fire & Safety Expo and Firefighter Demolition Derby 

Del Mar Fairgrounds
Learn More

June 18-25

The United States Police & Fire Championships
Del Mar Fairgrounds
The competition will bring thousands of emergency responders from across the country to participate in Olympic-style events.
www.uspfc.org
 

Get Ready!

Coming in June...


Intentional or Accidental, Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths Increasing

After days of spring cleaning, the house, garage, and attic are in ship-shape. The yard is clean and has been cleared 100 feet for optimum fire safety. You’re feeling pretty good. But there’s one more area you should look at: your prescription drug stash. The spot where you keep the prescriptions that were filled but never quite finished... After all, you might need the rest at some point. 
 
About 22,000 United States deaths result from prescription overdoses each year. To avoid many of these accidental deaths, consumers and caregivers should remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from their home.  


The CDC reports that of the more than 41,000 drug overdose deaths in 2014, approximately 22,000 of these were from prescription drugs. 


Accidental prescription overdoses primarily impact three groups:

  1. Young children: swallow drugs because of their curiosity.
  2. Individuals with impaired mental abilities: swallow drugs if left within reach.
  3. Seniors and others taking medications: can mistakenly ingest or take the wrong medication or dosage of a medication.

 
Disposal
Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), prescription medicines should be disposed of in one of these safe options:

  • Drop off at a medicine take-back program or through a DEA authorized collector – Recommended
  • Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with a substance such as dirt, kitty litter or used coffee grounds, seal in plastic bag and place in your household trash after removing any personal and prescription information. 
  • Check the FDA website to see which medicines are safe to flush down a sink or toilet

 
Are prescription drugs safe after expiration?
The expiration date is the final day that the manufacturer guarantees the full potency and safety of a medication. Solid dosage forms, such as tablets and capsules, appear to be most stable past their expiration date. However, the loss of potency can be a major health concern, especially when treating an infection with an antibiotic. 
 
Should patients use expired medications or not?  While there is no evidence that it is unsafe to take a prescribed medication shortly after the expiration date, we recommend that you consult your doctor to be sure.
 

 

Scalding Prevention Techniques

At Yellowstone National Park, more people have died from scald burns (with its 10,000 or so geysers, mud pots, steam vents and hot springs) than from grizzly bears and bison attacks.
 
According to the Burn Foundation, scalding, a burn to the skin caused by hot water or steam,  is responsible for more than 500,000 burns annually in the United States. The two highest risk populations are children under age 5 and adults over 65. Scalds are the #1 cause of burns to young children, and hot tap water accounts for 17% of all childhood scald hospitalizations. 
 

Burn Severity
1st Degree burn: redness
2nd Degree burn: blistering
3rd Degree burn: burnt and peeling skin
  
If scalded what should you do?*
The first and most important thing is to stop the burning process.
 
Step 1
Hold the scalded skin under cool running tap water for at least 15 minutes or until the pain subsides. Do no use ice or ice-cold water, these can damage your skin.
 
Step 2
Seek medical attention if the scald is third degree. Seek medical treatment for second degree burns if it impacts a sensitive area (face, hands, groin, etc.) or if the patient is an at-risk individual (youngster, elder, medical conditions, etc.). Use your judgment. When in doubt seek medical attention.  
 
Step 3
Cover the burn area with a sterile gauze bandage. Wrap the gauze loosely to prevent pressing on the scalded area.
 
Step 4
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever if you do not have any conditions that preclude its use.
 
Hot water scald burns are 100% preventable.
  1.  Keep hot liquids out of the reach of children
    1.  make sure all children are out of the traffic path in the kitchen when moving a hot liquid from the stove to the sink or elsewhere.
    2. Keep pot handles turned to the back of the stove, away from young hands and use rear burners when you can.
    3. Prevent children from hitting your arm when drinking hot coffee, etc. or from pulling on a tablecloth spilling hot liquid.  It only takes a second for these events to occur.   
  2. Supervise children and older people in bathtubs. Always test the bath water first. Bath water should be about 100 degrees. Young children can easily turn on the hot water by themselves, but they cannot get out of the tub if it is too hot.
  3. Set water heater thermostat to a safe level. Most water heaters are set to heat water to 140 degrees. Tap water at 120-125 degrees should be enough to wash clothes and dishes, and is much hotter than you need for a bath. Set your water heater thermostat at 120 degrees for safety and to save 18% of the energy you use at 140 degrees.

* The Living Strong Foundation

 

 Firefighter Leadership Program Held in San Diego

In February, the Fire Foundation helped fund the International Association of Fire Chiefs' leadership course, San Diego County Megafires: An All-Hazards Interactive Case Study.

This was part of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)'s Strategic Leader Program. More than 30 fire firefighters from around the country met at the Barona Resort and Casino in Lakeside to learn from Cedar Fire veterans and study the political, security, economic, social, infrastructure, and informational processes that succeeded and failed in the 2003 Cedar Fire.

All learnings from this program are designed to assist community and fire service leaders in dealing with any kind of major disaster.

 

We send out well wishes for your Spring Cleaning. 
 

Frank Ault
Frank H. Ault
Board Chairman
Joan Jones
Executive Director
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San Diego Regional Fire Foundation
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TEL: (619) 814-1352
2508 Historic Decatur Road Suite 200,
San Diego, California 92106.
FAX: (619)239-1710