The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to 107 incidents during the week of 11-28-11 to 12-04 -11 bringing the yearly total to 5624 incidents.
11-29-11— A full assignment from Platoon 4 was dispatched to the 2900 block of Porter Rd. for a report of a chimney fire at 4:52 p. m. Engine 8 led by Captain Dave McGovern used a dry chemical extinguisher to put out the fire. Smoke damage was minimal.
12-01-11—Engine 3 and Truck 1 responded to a gas leak in the 1500 block of Calumet Ave. at 3:17 p.m. A construction company had accidentally severed a 3 inch natural gas line. Crews stretched a hoseline as a precaution while National Fuel performed the necessary repairs.
12-01-11— Engine 8 was sent to the 2600 block of Porter Rd. for an electrical investigation at 11:32 p.m. An electric space heater caused old wiring to overheat and it began to melt the receptacle cover. Power was shut down to the affected circuit and damage was minor.
12-02-11— A motor vehicle accident sent Engine 8 and Truck 1 to the 1400 block of Hyde Park Blvd. at 11:57 a.m. Two people were treated for back and neck injuries and transported to NFMMC.
12-04-11— Engine 8 was dispatched to an unauthorized burning situation in the alley of the 600 block of 24th St. at 4:32 p.m. Two juvenile suspects were detained by the NFPD and are currently under investigation for other fires in the vicinity.
Fire Prevention Note: Thinking ahead: Your Exit Plan——As with other things, the best motto is “Be Prepared.” Know at least two ways out of each room. Sleep with your bedroom door closed. In the event of fire, it helps to hold back heat and smoke. But if a door feels hot, do not open it; escape through another door or window. If you are in a room above the first floor, try to alert the Fire Dept. as to where you are. Agree on a fixed location out-of-doors where family members are to gather for a head count. Stay together away from the fire. Call 911 from another location. Make certain that no one goes back inside the burning building. Check corridors and stairways to make sure they are free of obstructions and combustibles. To help cut down on the need for an emergency exit in the first place, clear all unnecessary items from the attic, basement, garage, and closets.