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The Dolton Fire Department consists of competent and valued professionals who are dedicated to providing life safety, emergency services, and educational programs for the protection of life and property in our community.
This mission is accomplished by holding devotion to duty above personal safety and comfort, continually challenging our members to enhance the quality of services provided, and working closely with the entire community in order to insure that we are meeting the needs of citizens in the Village of Dolton.
The Fire Department provides firefighting, fire prevention and paramedic medical service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is a full-time department housed in the firehouse at14022 Park & 830 Engle Place.
Fire inspections are made on a regular basis to assure full compliance with Village Code. Several Fire Prevention Programs are regularly presented to local schools and organizations.
Today, the Fire Department is led by Chief Steven McCain, who was appointed to this position in May of 2015.
Fire Safety Tips:
Make a family fire-escape plan and keep your escape routes free of obstructions. Practice this plan often, and keep these pointers in mind; they will tell you pointers from those who know what it takes to get out alive.
What to do in case of Fire:
a) Stay calm.
b) Sound a warning.
c) If you awaken to a smoke-filled room, crawl below the smoke to safety.
d) Check the doors to see if they are warm. A warm door may mean that there is a fire on the other side. Use an alternate exit, if possible.
e) Get everyone out; wrap children in blankets if necessary-don’t take time to get dressed.
f) Close the doors behind you as you evacuate. This will slow down the fire.
g) If it is safe to do so, turn off all appliances as you leave.
h) If your hair or clothing should catch on fire, smother the flames with a towel, blanket or other thick material, or stop, drop and roll out the flames. Get medical attention as soon as possible.
i) Call the Fire Department from a safe location. Do not delay.
Most fires start out small, but after a few minutes they can be out of control. It’s important to act fast to sound the alarm and just important to know what to do and to do it fast.
THINK FAST AND ACT WITH CAUTION: When you first discover a fire determine what to do immediately. If the fire is small and you have the proper fire extinguishers, PUT IT OUT.
SOUND THE ALARM: Do not underestimate any fire. If the fire is too much for you to handle, report it immediately.
WARN THE PEOPLE: Warn all people in the area immediately so they can get to places of safety. This is especially important in the case of fires in buildings.
STAND BY: Stay near, but at a safe distance from the fire. Meet and tell the fire fighters where the fire is. They can waste valuable minutes if they have to find it themselves.
FIRE FIGHTING: Everyone is responsible for preventing fires. But everyone is not obligated to fight major fires. In general, never join in the fire fighting unless your help is requested by the firemen.
CORRECT EXTINGUISHERS: Different fire extinguishers are recommended for each type of fire. For CLASS A fires (wood, textiles, rubbish) use foam or water. For CLASS B fires (grease, motor vehicle, flammable liquids) use foam, dry chemical, carbon dioxide or vaporizing liquid. NEVER use a water-type extinguisher on live electrical equipment. You can be electrocuted instantly by the electrical current following the water stream to you body. NEVER throw a stream of water on a CLASS B fire. You can splatter flaming liquids over a wide area, spreading the fire out of control.
To summarize what we have covered here you should adhere to the following guidelines:
NO MATER WHERE YOU ARE, KNOW WHERE THE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS ARE AND HOW TO USE THEM CORRECTLY SO THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ACT QUICKLY. KNOW WHAT TO DO AND DO IT QUICKLY ACT SAFELY AND WITH CAUTION SOUND THE ALARM WARN OTHERS IN THE AREA STAND BY TO DIRECT THE FIREFIGHTERS TO THE FIRE STAY BACK AND OUT OF THE WAY UNLESS YOU ARE ASKED TO HELP
If you follow these simple guideline you may be able to put out a small fire or at least keep a small fire under control.