The Redwater VFD is accepting applications for membership and is looking for dedicated & motivated individuals from our community. Redwater VFD is very active in the community by way of responding to emergencies, community education, medical response, fundraising, etc. Applicants should be active & motivated and willing to work along with an eagerness to learn. Redwater VFD members take pride in their department and are looking for individuals who will do the same.
If you, or anyone you know, are interested in firefighting & rescue services, we encourage you to apply for membership at our next meeting (every second Tuesday of each month).
For volunteers interested in the medical field, Redwater VFD is an Emergency Medical Responder department responding to medical calls for ambulance pre-arrival care. To be a part of this program, volunteers must complete an Emergency Medical Responder class.
Please take time to view this “How To Survive A Heart Attack When Alone“ presentation, it may well save your life or someone else’s one day. This presentation may be downloaded from our “Downloads” section of this website and is available in an Adobe PDF version and a PowerPoint version.
Remember that extreme heat conditions most commonly affect the very young & the elderly. However, anyone working out in these conditions can become a victim of a heat-related illness. Medications and medical conditions can alter your reaction to excessive heat.
Remember that effects of heat can be cumulative – with temperatures not dropping very much during evening hours, your recovery time to heat stress will be increased.
Symptoms of heat illness include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, nausea, weak but rapid pulse, and headaches. People with these symptoms should find shade, drink water slowly and make sure there is good ventilation.
In the course of a day’s work in the heat, you may produce as much as 2 to 3 gallons of sweat. Because so many heat disorders involve excessive dehydration of the body, it is essential that water intake during the workday be about equal to the amount of sweat produced. Most workers exposed to hot conditions drink less fluids than needed because of an insufficient thirst drive. Therefore, you should not depend on thirst to signal when and how much to drink. Instead, drink 5 to 7 ounces of fluids every 15 to 20 minutes to replenish the necessary fluids in the body. Water and/or sports drinks are preferred. Avoid drinks containing caffeine (caffeine is a diuretic & will cause you to lose more fluids).
If fluids are not replaced soon enough, heat stroke can follow causing extremely high body temperature, red and dry skin, rapid pulse, confusion, brain damage, loss of consciousness and death. To help a person showing severe symptoms, get the victim into shade, call for emergency medical services and start cooling the person immediately with cool water, cool towels or by fanning.
The Cities of Texarkana, Bowie County, and Miller County have instituted the CodeRED Emergency Notification System – an ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications. This system allows telephoning of all or the targeted areas of the city or county in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action (such as a boil-water notice, missing child, evacuation notices, & weather warnings) occurs. The system is capable of dialing 60,000 phone numbers per hour and upon contact delivers a recorded message to a live person or an answering machine, making three attempts to connect to any number. You can go to the Texarkana web site and click on the CodeRED icon to sign up.
THIS SYSTEM WILL ONLY BE USED FOR EMERGENCY PURPOSES
There are many potential emergencies and disasters that one may be forced to deal with at some time in their lives. Whether or not those disasters produce dire consequences may rely on the preparation and plans of those affected. Global weather patterns and changes have increased the frequency and magnitude of disasters such as blizzards, hurricanes, and floods. Many areas are prone to certain kinds of disasters, and it is important for families to learn about the environment in which they live. Awareness and preparedness greatly increase the possibility of survival from many disasters.
Many disasters can cause conditions whereby individuals and families may be without resources for a period of time. Most disasters cause power outages, and that can affect food, water, heat, and the ability to communicate. In such cases, emergency personnel may not be aware of those in need, or be able to provide to those in need, for days. That is why one of the first steps in disaster preparedness is the creation of an emergency kit. Of course, some families may want to tailor their emergency kits to the areas in which they live and the possibilities of certain natural disasters. However, most emergency kits should contain at the least the following items: one gallon of water for each day that one believes the power could be out; a first aid kit with minor first aid instructions; personal items such as toilet paper, soap, and feminine hygiene products; important paperwork and phone numbers; a manual can opener and rustic cooking supplies; tools, plastic sheeting, and duct tape; heavy-duty bags and a bucket for sanitation and waste purposes; ready to eat food that maintains its freshness; blankets, sleeping bags, and pillows; medication; and products that the family pet may need. These staples may be able to sustain a family for many days of loss of power or inability to leave the house due to flooding. The family should have a plan to meet at a named place outside the home in case of a fire or in case they are separated during a flood, tornado, or another disaster that may cause a family to flee the home. An area should be designated and stocked in the house in the event that they are trapped for days due to impending disaster; it is best if the area is contained in the interior of the house with few windows and has a landline telephone that is not electric.
Emergency and disaster detection and warning systems have improved astronomically over the past few decades. Many times families have ample warning to vacate a home and move to a safer location in plenty of time. If an evacuation is recommended, it is best to go as directed. A home and property is not nearly as important as the life of a family member. Pack essential clothing, emergency supplies, and leave as soon as possible. Even if it is not possible to evacuate safely, the following sites explain some of the more common possible natural disasters and how an individual or family can best prepare for those disasters.
It’s common for people to assume that a home is a very safe place. Well, it may not be as safe as you think. Every year, there are millions of home injuries, resulting in around 20,000 deaths. Most of these deaths are caused by falls and poisonings but there are other cases like fires, burns, suffocation, drowning, electric shocks, and more.
Records reveal that a lot of home injuries can be avoided. This is why it’s important to be educated about home safety. Knowing what to do when an accident or emergency occurs would save valuable time. When you learn how to make places in the home safer, you can prevent injuries and other hazards. Look to the following for home safety information and checklists by various rooms in the house.
- Kitchen Safety: Provides information on cooking safety with a number of simple safety tips.
- Kitchen Safety Checklist: Use this checklist to ensure safety on manual handling, machinery and tools, heat, electricity, gas, and fire.
- Cooking Fire Safety: Offers safety tips on the right equipment, barbecue grills, and items which can catch fire.
- Kitchen Safety Tips: Come here to find a number of tips to keep the kitchen safe.
- Food Poisoning: Provides information on the causes of food poisoning and what to do if someone suffers from food poisoning.
- Bags, Bottles, & Beyond: Discusses non-food grade materials, one-time-use items, materials in the microwave, using mercury thermometers, and more.
- Older People: Focuses on bathroom safety measures for older people.
- Children: Provides tips to help homeowners make the bathroom safer for children.
- Checklist: A general safety checklist for all the rooms in a household including the bathroom.
- Bathroom Safety: Offers safety tips for shower, bath, hot water, taps, and more.
- Electricity: Covers bathroom safety for socket outlets, portable appliances, electric heaters, tower rails, electric showers, and en-suite showers.
- Bathroom: A good place for kids to learn about safety in the bathroom.
- Bedroom Fire Safety: This fact sheet provides bedroom safety tips to help you sleep soundly at night.
- Child Care: The checklist helps to make sure that all the rooms are safe for children, including the bedrooms.
- Appliances: Provides safety tips for electrical appliances in the bedroom like electric blankets and other electrical items.
- Bedroom Safety: Follow these tips to increase safety in your child’s room.
- Safe Bedroom: Some safety tips on candle use and electrical devices in the bedroom.
- Poison Checklist: A general checklist for locating poisonous household items in various rooms, including the bedroom.
Walls/Floors/Furniture/Doors and Window Safety
- Slips & Trips: Highlights the importance of cleaning the floor to prevent slips and trips.
- Checklist: The checklist for floor safety, stairs and steps safety, kitchen safety, bathroom safety, and more.
- Furniture Hazards: A guide to help homeowners prevent the dangers of furniture in the home.
- Window Safety: Outlines some basic window safety for children.
- Cord Safety: Provides safety tips on window cords in the home.
Electrical/Heating and Cooling Safety
- Electrical Appliance Fire Safety: Provides safety information on plugs and sockets, cables and leads, appliances, electrical items, and more.
- Safety Checklist: Check on all electrical outlets and electrical products in all rooms in the house with this checklist.
- Home Heating Safety: Offers safety checklists for baseboard heaters, portable heaters, fireplaces, and woodstoves.
- Fire Safety: Discusses fire safety for the use of heaters during the cold season.
- Household Checklists: The checklists cover electrical safety, heating and cooling safety, and emergency equipment and numbers.
- Smoke Alarms: A lot of great information about smoke alarms.
Garage and Laundry Safety
- Garage & Storage Safety: Provides safety information on household chemicals in garage and storage.
- Household Safety: Offers checklists for bathroom, garage, and laundry area.
- Safety Checklists: Come here to find safety checklists for the bathroom, garage, and laundry area.
- Workshop Safety: Covers many safety aspects like clothing, protective gear, environment safety check, hand tool safety, and more.
- Lawn & Garden: A safety checklist to ensure that the lawn and garden is safe.
- Backyard: Use this comprehensive checklist to enhance safety in the backyard.
- Pool Safety: An excellent place to learn all about pool safety.
- Poisonous Plants: A directory of poisonous plants and plant parts.
- Stranger Danger: The brochure explains the potential dangers posed by strangers.
- Garden Safety: An excellent guide to help homeowners make the garden a safer place.
Children are active individuals. They enjoy exploring the world around them and being independent. This curiosity can be great for a child’s development or unsafe for those who are not taught about common dangers. Parents want to be assured that their children are capable of handling all kinds of emergencies. It’s important that children are educated on being safe in everyday activities. When safe measures are taken children can enjoy activities to their fullness. No matter where they are the following resources can help keep them safe.
- Kidz Safety Approval: The Pupil Transportation in North Carolina presents a fun bus safety program of interactive games, tips and videos.
- Safety Rules: The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg gives rules for staying safe on the bus. Test your safety knowledge with the interactive quiz.
- Kids Bus Safety: An interactive bus safety questionnaire to help kids test their knowledge on bus safety.
- Bus Safety Tips: Tips for students and drivers. The Center for the Advancement of Public Health also provides 10 basic rules for staying safe on the bus.
- School Bus and Zone Safety: Use these safety measures when on the bus, near the bus or at the cross walk.
- Ride with Pride: The rules posted here for the Durham School district are useful for any child to be safe on the bus.
- Kids Bus Safety: View this site with 3D glasses while learning about bus safety.
- Staying Safe on the Bus: Listen to or read the Kids Health article on staying safe in the car or on the bus.
- Be Prepared: The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) program for kids. FEMA teaches children how to be prepared for any disaster.
- Using 911: Learn when to use 911 and the do’s and don’ts for dialing 911.
- Have a Plan: Five essential pieces of information all children should know.
- Teaching Your Kids: A guide for creating a plan for emergencies.
- Farm Emergencies: Ohio State University provides guidance on keeping children safe on farms.
- 911: 911 for kids is dedicated to creating an emergency and response training for children.
- Learning CPR: Illustrated guides, videos and fun facts on CPR and first aid.
- Ready for Emergencies: FEMA Ready Kids prepares children for any emergency situation.
- Fire Prevention: Sparky the firedog helps children protect themselves from fires using fun games, activities and cartoons.
- Fire Safety Tips: A colorful fun site that helps children prevent fires and stay safe during fires.
- Fire Safety: The U.S. Fire Administration’s fire safety page for kids. An interactive place for kids to learn about fire safety through articles, games and activities.
- Prevention and Safety: 15 fire prevention and safety tips.
- Smokey Kids: Smokey the Bear has been teaching children about fire safety for over 60 years. Play the games and learn how to prevent wildfires.
- Fire Safe Kids: These tips were created to keep kids safer during Fire Prevention Week.
- Fire Safety for Kids: Get all the information needed to be fire safe from the Res1cue team.
- U.S. Fire Administration: A collection of fire safety activities, coloring pages and lesson plans.
- Safety Ranger: A fun and interactive site for kids to learn how to be safe with the Home Safety Hound.
- Child Safety Tips: A collection of resources for keeping safe in and outside the home.
- Kitchen Safety: Safety tips about foods and using appliances when home alone.
- Staying Safe: The McGruff safety website presents safety concerns of children of all ages.
- Garage Safety: An interactive garage safety tool.
- Garden Safety: Gardening tips for keeping children safe while gardening.
- Pool Safety: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission provides a guide to pool safety.
- Basic Kitchen Rules: A list of basic rules to preventing kitchen accidents.
- Being Safe on the Internet: Safety tips for Internet usage at home and school.
- Wired Kids: Wire Kids is the ultimate Internet safety program.
- Cyber Smart: An Internet guide to being safe on social networks.
- Cyberspace Rules: The United States Justice Department lists do’s and don’ts for staying safe on the Internet.
- Safety Guidelines: A guide for Internet safety.
- Safety on the Internet: The Police Notebook presents a slideshow that teaches children how to protect themselves in emergencies.
- Tip Sheets: A collection of tip sheets for cyberbullying, sexting and social networking.
- Online Safety: Kids and teens can learn the danger signs of a predator.
- Poison Prevention: A great resource to protecting children and eliminating hazards in the home.
- Tox Mystery: A fun game-teaching children about hazardous chemicals.
- Tips for Teens: A resource for teens and babysitters to keep children safe from poisons.
- Prevention: Poison prevention tips for parents.
- Prevention Videos: A compilation of poison prevention videos in Windows Media format.
- Poison Awareness: A collection of activities, games and programs geared towards poison prevention.
- Safe From Poison: Four safety tips for teaching children about staying safe from poisons.
- Safety Tips for Families: The American Association of Poisoning Control Center offers tips and advice for preventing poisoning.
- Stranger Safety Tips: Tips for being safe in various situations where strangers may be.
- The Safe Side: A site created to keep children safe. John Walsh and Julie Clark are dedicated to providing exceptional safety resources.
- If Stranger is a Danger: An upper elementary and middle grade lesson teaching children awareness about child abduction.
- Stranger Danger: Tips for staying safe around people you do not know.
- Home Alone: Safety tips for children who are home alone.
- Preventing Abduction: A resource for parents to teach their children not to talk to strangers.
- Safety Sam: The San Diego Police Department provides resources for lessons and quizzes about strangers.
- Safe Among Strangers: Children can learn how to avoid dangerous situations with these tips.
- Worst Toys: The World Against Toys Causing Harm lists 2010’s top 10 worst unsafe toys.
- Toy Safety: The American Academy of Pediatrics provides a collection of resources for keeping children safe during playtime.
- Toy Tips: Toy safety tips for infants through preteen.
- Think Toy Safety: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s fact sheet on toy safety.
- Toy Safety Tips: Five tips to follow for safe toys during the holidays.
- Toy Guide: Find out what you need to know to pick safe toys.
- Play Safely: Learn how to prevent toy related injuries.
- Choosing Safe Toys: Guidelines for choosing age appropriate toys.
Asbestos was heavily used in construction products for most of the last century. While asbestos has been banned for most uses since the 1980s, many of those buildings still contain asbestos. An event such as a fire can cause the microscopic fibers that make up asbestos to release into the air where they can be inhaled by firefighters or residents. Exposure to asbestos has proven to result in a wide range of health conditions, including mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen. Asbestos.com offers a one-stop resource on all asbestos and mesothelioma-related issues ranging from occupational exposure to mesothelioma clinical trials.