October 2015
Quarterly communications from your Johns Creek Fire Department
 
From the Chief
Dear Residents,

Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10), is a great way for families to learn about basic fire safety issues. And, it can serve as a reminder to check your smoke alarms in your home or business. 

Daylight Saving Time is coming up Sunday, Nov. 1, so when you set your clocks back one hour, it serves as another reminder to check your smoke alarm batteries.

Please read through this quarterly edition of Firewatch highlights a few projects the JCFD has been working on as well as some helpful safety tips to assist you and your family in protecting one another and your home during the upcoming holiday season

 
Stay safe,
 
Fire Chief Jeff Hogan
 
Fire Prevention Week campaign is Oct. 4-10
The key message of this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign (Oct. 4-10) is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home, including the basement. Read more about Fire Prevention Week.
 
JCFD demonstrates pet resuscitation kits
Did you know our Fire Department carries pet resuscitation kits? The kits are used to help save pets overcome by smoke.

Local residents Linda Hickey and Xena the Warrior Puppy assisted the JCFD and JCPD with a video about the kits. Watch the video here
 
Fire Department unveils remnant from World Trade Center
The Johns Creek Fire Department unveiled a structural steel remnant from the World Trade Center during a Sept. 11 commemoration event at Newtown Park Amphitheater. The remnant will be on display at Station 61 off Medlock Bridge Parkway. Read more.
 
Stay safe this Halloween
Planning ahead can help make Halloween a fun and fire-safe night for your family. Take fire safety precautions like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorations are flame-resistant. These Halloween safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association can come in handy.
 
Fall Back! Change alarm batteries Nov. 1
Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour when Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 1. It's also a great time to check your smoke alarm battery and carbon monoxide detector battery, as many need replacing every six months.

Check the manufacturer date of your smoke alarms while changing your batteries.  It is recommended that you replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.  You can find the manufacturer date on the bottom side of the detector, usually on a sticker, located near the battery compartment.
 
Sign up for Super CPR Saturday in 2016
Super CPR Saturday classes will return in 2016 with free, certification lifesaving classes for residents and businesses in how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use automated external defibrillator (AED).

Sign up for the free classes that will be held at Emory Johns Creek Hospital.
 
Sign up for Citizens Fire Academy
Johns Creek residents can get a detailed look at how their fire department operates when the Johns Creek Fire Department (JCFD) launches its next Citizens Fire Academy, Feb. 2, 2016.
During the 12-week course, participants will learn about JCFD operations, fire tactics and strategies and aspects of fire prevention and investigation techniques.
The academy meets Feb. 2, 13, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 9, 16 and 19 and includes classroom instruction (equipment, fire prevention); demonstrations (CPR, investigation techniques); and practical exercises (fire ground training, emergency medical exercises). 
Download the application and visit the Citizens Fire Academy webpage for more details.
 
JCFD continues training
The Johns Creek Fire Department continues training on its new rescue boat, including sonar training. The fire department debuted the boat in June.

In October, JCFD will conduct additional live fire training.
 
Download the free Sparky the Fire Dog fire safety app
Sparky the Fire Dog's new free trivia app challenges students to work alone or team up with friends and classmates to answer questions on standards-aligned subjects like math, science, pop culture and fire safety.

Multi-player mode allows groups to play against each other to see who can answer the most questions correctly in the allotted time. 

Download the free app here.
 
Follow JCFD on Facebook and Twitter

Want to learn safety tips, view photos of fire training and more? Be sure to follow the Johns Creek Fire Department on Facebook and Twitter!