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2006 NEWSLETTER AND MEMBERSHIP DUES NOTIFICATION VOLUME 15 WHITE BLUFF - RYE HILL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT 2006 LIFE AND PROPERTY PROTECTION FOR RURAL LIVING The White Bluff – Rye Hill Volunteer Fire Department is YOUR department. It is made up of volunteers who are YOUR friends and neighbors. The personnel that make up YOUR fire department are dedicated individuals who serve the community in which we all live, and do it on a 100% volunteer basis. We do not have a single paid person serving on the department. Our firefighters are well trained and we have managed the department equipment and money to become one of the PREMIER (non-city) volunteer fire departments in this part of Western Arkansas. WOW! What an Exciting Year we had in 2005, and part of that is…..BECAUSE OF YOU! Please read inside about all the things that have been a blessing to our department and to our community in this past year! We’re looking forward to 2006! Have you ever considered joining the Fire Department? Now is YOUR chance! We need good people to start with and we’ll do the rest. We have State Certified Training Officers, within our own department, to provide most of your training. Come to one of our meetings and see what we are about! Contact us at one of the numbers listed in this newsletter for more information! CUT ALONG DOTTED LINE AND RETURN ALONG WITH YOUR PAYMENT All Contributions are White Bluff - Rye Hill Fire Association Membership Year Tax Deductible Membership Application 2006 If you need a receipt please enclose a S.A.S.E. Name: _____________________________________ along with your payment. Mailing Address: ____________________________ Make Check Payable To: City, St, Zip: ________________________________ WHITE BLUFF - RYE HILL V.F.D. Phone: ____________________________________ and return with your membership application in the enclosed envelope. Annual Membership Per Property is $25.00 - Please Remit Payment Before April 15, 2006 Local Address of each property covered: $______________ Annual Membership Contribution 1) _________________________________ 2) _________________________________ $______________ Additional Contribution to allow us 3) _________________________________ to purchase much needed equipment Attach additional listing of properties if needed $_________________ Total Year 2006 Contribution Visit our AWARD WINNING website at: www.WHITEBLUFF-RYEHILLFIRE.com ** SERVING AND PROTECTING OUR NEIGHBORS………BECAUSE WE CARE ** WHO PROTECTS YOU AND YOUR HOME? Did You Know? What can you do to help out YOUR Fire Our current firefighters, EMS, Our fire department covers thirty- and other personnel combine for six plus (36+) square miles of Department? a total of over…………………….. homes and businesses and Is there a way you can help out the 261 Years of Volunteer Service approximately 3,100 people, along fire department? Sure you can! with supplying mutual aid to any Even if you do not want to fight to our community. WOW! department in Sebastian County fires, perform rescue operations or Their dedication to protecting our that requests our assistance, provide basic life support in neighborhoods is evident! If you including the City of Fort Smith. medical emergencies, we have a see one of them, tell them………. job for you! THANK YOU! Moschner, Doris –Secretary 31 yrs We always need people to become Mitchael, Charles -Chief 24 yrs firefighters, 1st Responders and Mitchael, Margaret –Ladies Aux. 24 yrs EMT’s, especially daytime Taylor, Joe –Firefighter / Train Coord. 22 yrs responders. There are countless Seiter, Dale –President / Fire Marshal 17 yrs other jobs that need to be done in Biggs, Larry –Firefighter 14 yrs our department that do not involve Allen, Chuck –Captain 13 yrs entering a burning building, cutting Mickle, Ron –Firefighter / Train Coord. 13 open a wrecked car, or providing yrs Our 2004 Model Attack Truck basic life support. These jobs are Moser, Mike -Treasurer yrs 13 Check us out valuable and essential. Equipment Blaylock, Jerry –Asst. Chief 12 yrs and Trucks must be maintained Almond, Jim –Safety Officer yrs / EMT 12 ON-LINE! and repaired, lawns at the stations Have you checked out our need to be mowed, landscaping Heiss, Mike–Firefighter 10 yrs AWARD WINNING WEBSITE! maintained, fundraisers organized, Newberry, Kendall –FF / 1st Resp. 8 yrs Strawhacker, Clay –Firefighter 8 yrs GO ONLINE NOW TO: etc. People tend to look at the Strawhacker, Lessa –FF / EMT 7 yrs www.whitebluff-ryehillfire.com volunteer fire department and tell Strawhacker, Cyndi – FF / 1st Resp. 7 yrs We have recently upgraded our themselves, I can’t help because I O’Hare, Brian –Arson Inv. / EMT 5 yrs KIDS SECTION of the website, so don’t want to fight fires or I can’t Hisaw, Ronnie –Vice Pres. / Firefighter 5 yrs now your kids have a place they meet the physical demands. The Greening, Robert–Firefighter 4 yrs can go to learn about fire safety, White Bluff - Rye Hill Fire Cox, Angela –Firefighter / EMT 4 yrs Department says.... ”YES, YOU tornado safety, play games, etc. Unruh, Jerry –Firefighter / 1st. Resp. 3 yrs CAN!” A good volunteer is Mickle, Adam–Firefighter 3 yrs via our website. It is a very England, Jerry–Firefighter 2 yrs informative site, showing our anyone who wants to help in Weeks, Heath–Firefighter (in training) new stations, equipment, personnel, any capacity. Retired, Semi- newsletter, current events, guest Retired, Housewives, and people These individuals provide you, book, discussion page for county who work in our area, are all your family and your property… fire departments, etc. The welcome to talk to us about the fire protection and emergency website has won awards from role that they could play in making some of the premier web site our community, a safer place. medical services in the White Bluff – Rye Hill community monitoring companies that judge Do you specialize in lawn with….. Fire/EMS/Police web sites care, landscaping, auto or throughout the world. Some of the truck repair, fundraising, awards are the “Great Web Attorney at Law, or JUST A 100% Volunteer Firefighters Award” from World Fire GOOD VOLUNTEER? If so…… 100% Vol. First Responders Departments.com. We have also please call one of the 100% Volunteer EMT been awarded the “Silver Award” numbers listed in this NO Paid Personnel..AT ALL from Ladder54.com. newsletter. Out of Two (2) Stations Questions or comments regarding With (5) Fire Apparatus anything related to our fire department can be emailed to us at: And (1) Emerg. Medical Unit. Info@whiteblufffire.com DONATIONS can be made online using a credit card. Fire Dept. T-shirts, COME JOIN OUR DEPARTMENT Ball Caps and Patches can also be AND ADD YOUR NAME TO THE purchased through our web site using Pumper 1 LIST OF VOLUNTEERS ABOVE! a credit card. FIREFIGHTER OF THE Once again… Santa’s TO PAY .FAILURE YEAR FOR 2005 visit a BIG SUCCESS! MEMBERSHIP DUES Jim Almond, Safety Officer and The firefighters and EMS personnel of The current fire rating for our fire Certified EMT, was elected the 2005 Firefighter of the Year for the White the White Bluff-Rye Hill Fire coverage area is Class 7/9. Our Bluff - Rye Hill Fire Department. Jim Department teamed up with Santa goal and mission is to serve and was nominated and chosen by his Claus again this Christmas. They took protect the community in which fellow firefighters for his dedication, him around the area aboard our fire we live, utilizing the resources loyalty and “always there when you trucks on December 11th. Santa and and funds that we have need him” attitude. Jim handles all of his firefighter helpers handed out nearly available. Our continued goal is our Safety Concerns on and off the fire 500 bags of fruit, candy, goodies and coloring books to the people within our to improve our fire classification scene and is in charge of our First area. The fire department wishes to even more, but it requires your Responder and EMT Program. His unselfish attitude towards making our once again thank the following help! Failure to pay membership department a better place is a true individuals and businesses who dues to your responding blessing to our firefighters and donated money, candy, decorations, department results in a “No Fire community. etc. for the SANTA RUN this year. Protection” classification with your Wal-Mart – Greenwood insurance company. It is illegal for McDonalds - Fort Smith Whitt Truck Repair an insurance carrier to offer a Fire The Coffee Beanery Classification rating for a non- Golden Corral member client. Being a member of KMAC / Taco Bell our fire association can, and will, DCS Communications reduce your insurance premiums. J.J. & Johnette Seiter Trans American Tire As stated above, our goal is to Jody’s Muffler & Brake reduce our fire classification even Northside Convenience #3 further to assist you in reducing Glidewell Distributing your insurance premiums. Mobile Sales of Alma Another AWARD for Jim! In November, Jim was chosen by a MacSteel Utility Trailer Sales of N.W. Ark. State Farm-Randy Bittle Call 9-1-1 panel of judges to be the Sebastian Greer’s Coin & Pawn Fire - Sheriff - Ambulance County Firefighter of the Year for 2005. OSS Enterprises Jim was presented with this honor Kindy Wood MFG. CHILDRENS during the county wide Fire/EMS Recognition Banquet. Jim not only James “Red” Workman Circle JD Ranches GROUPS works hard to make our department better, but also has acted as the Fire C. Bean Transport Bob Miller WELCOMED! Services Coordinator for Sebastian Farm Bureau – Sebastian Cty Our firefighters would love County and assists other departments All State—Gary Richardson with grants, paperwork and training. Boss Xtreme Graphics & Paint to give your children’s group Pro-Rooter Congratulations go out to a great Anonymous Donors (Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, person, friend and volunteer! White Bluff—Rye Hill Firefighters, First Responders and EMT’s Brownies, Church Group, White Bluff—Rye Hill Ladies Auxiliary etc.) a tour of the fire QUESTIONS? station. We will show them CALL US the trucks and equipment, Feel free to contact one of the numbers along with putting on a listed below if you have any questions regarding home fire safety, short fire safety class. We membership contributions, department would love to help out! Just YOUR FIRE projects, etc. We are here to provide our community with a service, and we give us a call! DEPARTMENT appreciate your input. The White Bluff – Rye Hill Volunteer Fire As always, we remind you that this Charles Mitchael Chief Department Newsletter & Membership Dues is YOUR Fire Department. We 479-646-7586 CTO Notification is published annually and is intended to serve as a notice for invite everyone to our monthly Dale Seiter President memberships that are due for the current meetings on the second and fourth 479-638-7020 Fire Marshal year and as an informative newsletter about Mondays of every month at Station Ronnie Hisaw Vice President our fire department and our community. Designed and Edited By: “B” located at 5325 Spring 479-648-1518 Firefighter Dale A. Seiter Mountain Rd. Meeting time is 7:00 Jim Almond Safety Officer p.m. 501-646-3598 EMT 911 Training FREE SMOKE DETECTORS Tips for Kids A limited supply of smoke detectors have been made available to our fire Here are some fire precautions you • Children should learn department through a grant that was can take: their first and last obtained by the Sebastian County • Install smoke alarms on every floor names, as well as those Office of Emergency Management and of your home and near bedrooms. the Sebastian County Volunteer Fire Test them monthly and replace of their parents, along Association. This fire prevention grant batteries every year, whether with their address and is being used to provide free smoke needed or not (pick a date you can phone number as early detectors and other fire safety literature easily remember, like a holiday or as possible! to people within Sebastian County that your birthday to replace the may not have smoke detectors in their batteries in the smoke detector). • Keep IMPORTANT residence or may not have an adequate • Keep fire extinguishers in areas INFORMATION posted number of smoke detectors to properly like the kitchen, near the fireplace, next to all telephones. protect their family. and in the garage or workshop (A • Children should be class ABC multi-purpose fire If you are interested in obtaining a free extinguisher is the best for home taught to use 911 when smoke detector, please stop by Station use). Make sure the extinguisher appropriate and should “B” at 5325 Spring Mountain Rd. during is kept charged and practice using be assured that they will one of our normal meetings (7:00 p.m. it. Don’t ever use water on not be in trouble for on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each electrical or grease fires -- it will calling 911 during an month) and pick one up. We must shock you or spread the fire. In keep accurate records on the this newsletter is a diagram and emergency. disbursement of these smoke instructions on the use of a fire • Role play with your detectors. Since they were obtained extinguisher. children using TOY through a grant, you will be asked to • Have a family escape plan - young telephones. Pretend to provide your name, address, and children and older people are very phone number when picking up your vulnerable to fire injuries, so teach be a dispatcher and ask free smoke detector. This information them in advance: your child 911 questions is used SOLEY for making sure the 1. How to exit the house with practice over the toy telephone to smoke detectors are accounted for and fire drills. practice their skills. being distributed in Sebastian County. 2. Not to hide under beds or in • Teach your children how closets during a fire. FIRE PREVENTION 3. To exit the house by staying low to dial 911 on cellular and crawling on hands and knees. phones and cordless TIPS FOR YOUR 4. If clothing catches fire: STOP, phones. Some young HOME DROP, and ROLL to extinguish it.. 5. Have two ways to get out (in case children do not know Prevent fire from entering your home one is blocked). how to use the “SEND” -- fire kills 4,000 people and injures 6. Not to try and take possessions or button. more every year. pets when escaping a fire (you can • Do not think that “It will replace these items, you cannot never happen to my Most fires are caused by smoking or replace yourself or a loved one. faulty electrical insulation. 7. Not to go back inside the house, family!” Use common sense and stay SAFE! for any reason (firefighters have the best chance of rescuing • Don’t smoke in bed anyone left inside). • Supervise young children -- keep 8. Choose a meeting place outside, matches out of reach preferably in front, so everyone • Don’t empty ashtrays before you can be accounted for. go to bed • Don’t overload electrical circuits If you do have a fire get everyone out immediately. Call the fire department by If you are trapped in a fire, close doors dialing 911. Calmly give the 911 between you and the fire. Stuff the operator all of the requested cracks around doors and cover vents to information including anyone that may keep smoke out. Wait at a window and still be inside. signal for help with a flashlight, if you have one, or by waving a sheet or other light-colored cloth. If there’s a phone in the room where you’re trapped, call 911 and tell them exactly where you are.
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