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2013 SANTA AROUND TOWN INFORMATION AND MAP

Kemah Fire Department is once again planning its annual “SANTA AROUND TOWN”. The Fire trucks carrying Santa and his helpers, with candy and greetings of holiday cheer, will be going all around town on Wednesday, December 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (approximate*). Please come out and greet Santa, as horns and sirens announce his arrival in your neighborhood; starting at the fire station, going thru Southeast Kemah, then Kemah Village, Kemah Oaks, the Boardwalk, Northwest Kemah, Lazy Bend and finally Clear Lake Shores. *Times and Route may vary depending on weather and/or emergency calls. We wish all, a very Merry Christmas and a Safe, Happy New Year.

Santa Around Town Map (click here)




DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms this weekend for Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3. Fresh batteries allow smoke and CO alarms to do their jobs saving lives by alerting families of a fire or a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in their homes.

The Kemah Fire Department is offering to assist replacing batteries or installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you need any assistance please call the fire station at 281-538-5727

CPSC estimates there was a yearly average of 386,300 residential fires resulting in nearly 2,400 deaths between 2006 and 2008.

Two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. That is why it is important to replace batteries at least once every year and to test your alarms every month to make sure they work. CPSC recommends consumers have smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside bedrooms and inside each bedroom.

CPSC estimates there was an annual average of 183 unintentional non-fire CO poisoning deaths associated with consumer products between 2006 and 2008. CO is called the "invisible killer," because it is a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas. Because of this, people may not know they are being poisoned. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of fuel in various products, including furnaces, portable generators, fireplaces, cars and charcoal grills.

That is why it is important to have working CO alarms in the home, on each level and outside each sleeping area.



FIRE PREVENTION WEEK


"Prevent Kitchen Fires"—that's the message of this year's Fire Prevention Week

From October 6-12, we'll be spreading the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home—and we'll help teach people how to keep cooking fires from starting in the first place.



For more information click here





A SPECIAL SUPRISE TO HELP COMMEMORATE SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2013


Our friends from Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. paid us a visit and brought out some excellent food. Thank you so much for the visit and feel free to stop by any time. Yum!








To our brothers, sisters, family and friends in the Houston Fire Department and the 19 members of the Prescott "hotshot" wildfire team



When duty call's me, oh Lord,
Wherever Flames may rage,
Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever Be its age.

Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate

Enable me to be alert,
and oh Lord, guide my every move,
for life is so precious,
please don't let us loose.

I want to fill my calling and
To give the best in me
To guard my every neighbor
And protect their property

And if according to thy will,
That I must give my life,
Then with thy protecting hand my Lord,
I pray thee, protect my children and my wife.

Amen







Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) Awareness

The State Fire Marshal's Office and the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) urge all property owners with buildings and homes constructed after 1989 with yellow Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) to have the tubing checked for proper bonding and grounding. CSST is at risk of damage and fire from a lightning strike if not properly bonded and grounded.

From NASMF: "[CSST] is a flexible, stainless steel pipe used to supply natural gas and propane in residential, commercial and industrial structures. Coated with a yellow, or in some cases, a black exterior plastic coating, CSST is usually routed beneath, through and alongside floor joists in your basement, inside interior wall cavities and on top of ceiling joists in attic spaces... ... If you find CSST after inspecting your home or business, it is strongly recommended that you determine if the CSST system is properly bonded and grounded. A bonding device should be installed on your natural gas system in order to reduce the chances of a natural gas leak or fire. Bonding is provided primarily to prevent a possible electric shock to people who come in contact with the gas piping and other metal objects connected to the grounding system. Nearby lightning strikes can also result in an electrical surge and can potentially puncture a hole in the CSST. Proper bonding and grounding will reduce the risk of damage and fire from a lightning strike."

NASFM has set up a CSST Safety site to answer all of your questions about CSST.



HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS JUNE 1

If you are asked to evacuate, you should do so without delay. But unless you live in a coastal or low-lying area, an area that floods frequently, or in manufactured housing, it is unlikely that emergency managers will ask you to evacuate. That means that it is important for you and your family to HAVE A PLAN that makes you as safe as possible in your home.

  • DEVELOP A FAMILY PLAN - Your family's plan should be based on your vulnerability to the Hurricane Hazards. You should keep a written plan and share your plan with other friends or family.
  • CREATE A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT - There are certain items you need to have regardless of where you ride out a hurricane. The disaster supply kit is a useful tool when you evacuate as well as making you as safe as possible in your home.
  • SECURE YOUR HOME - There are things that you can do to make your home more secure and able to withstand stronger storms.
  • ONLINE VULNERABILITY INFO - There are web sites that can give you information about your communities vulnerability to specific hazards. These include hurricanes as well as other weather related hazards.


Hurricane Ike
September 13, 2009
click for video

OUR SINCEREST CONDOLENSES AND SYMPATHY

To those affected by the West, Texas disaster and the Oklahoma tornado we wish you the best during this difficult time.





To our brothers, sisters, family and friends in the Bryan Fire Department



When duty call's me, oh Lord,
Wherever Flames may rage,
Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever Be its age.

Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate

Enable me to be alert,
and oh Lord, guide my every move,
for life is so precious,
please don't let us loose.

I want to fill my calling and
To give the best in me
To guard my every neighbor
And protect their property

And if according to thy will,
That I must give my life,
Then with thy protecting hand my Lord,
I pray thee, protect my children and my wife.

Amen



Grapefruit and Medicines

We've known for twenty years it's not safe to mix grapefruit and some prescription drugs. Eighty-five drugs are known or suspected to interact with grapefruit. More than half of them can cause very serious effects. These include dangerous heart rhythms, kidney damage, muscle damage... Read on.



OUR SINCEREST CONDOLENSES

To the angels young and old, the Newtown community and Sandy Hook Elementary we stand with you through this difficult time.



CONGRATULATIONS TO THE KEMAH VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RECIPIENT OF THE 2012 FIRST RESPONDER ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR AWARD

First Responder Award honors a first responder organization that demonstrated leadership in EMS in patient care, public access, medical control, disaster preparedness, public education or training.

Great job to all those involved. We have a highly talented and cohesive command staff, an energetic membership and a community that supports us. Being selected for this award from the pool of responding agencies across the state just shows how much can be accomplished when we work together as a team. Great job everyone!


Texas Department of Health Awards Website (click here)

THANKYOU TO THE KOCH PIPELINE COMPANY


We were suprised at out last Emergency Services Board meeting by representatives from the Koch Pipeline Company who made a $500 donation to our department. The contribution is greatly appreciated and showing up in person to present the check was really icing on the cake.



Thankyou so much!



Merle Teeter Koch Pipeline Company with Chief Hahn





2011 Awards Banquet


Congratulations to all of the service award recipients and thanks to the banquet committee for an awesome banquet. I cannot wait for next year...




Special recognition for Fire Chief Brent Hahn on his exemplary leadership.


Dustin Blue was both Rookie of the Year and Top Responder.


David Zinsky was Officer of the Year.


Recieving the Chiefs Award was Assistant Chief Steve Ruthstrom.

A special thanks to all those who donated items for our members and guests.

BAKKHUS TAVERNA
BOHICKEY’S
CHILI’S
CICI’S
HOAGIE RANCH
HOME DEPOT
JACKIE’S BRICKHOUSE
KEMAH CANDLES
KEMAH HARDWARE
LANDRY’S CORPORATION
MARBLE SLAB
MARIO’S
OFFICE DEPOT
OPUS BISTRO
OUTRIGGERS
RAILEAN DISTILLERS
SPIRVIN GROUP – ROLF SCHAUMBURGER
SONIC
STOMPS
SWAMP SHACK
T-BONE TOM’S
TEQUILA MIA’S
TOOKIES
TRADEWINDS
TROPICAL EXPRESS
WALMART
WHAT’S COOKIN’ BISTRO
MATT WIGGINS - WINE DOWN BISTRO -
EDGEWATER INN - BUBBAS SHRIMP PALACE







THANKYOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FEE ELECTION


We are ecstatic to see the strong show of support provided by the community and look forward to working hard to earn every penny.



THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU!








PLEASE SUPPORT KVFD IN OUR UPCOMING ELECTION



The Kemah Volunteer Fire Department is requesting to increase our service fee in order to better protect our community. The department is working hard to keep our operating costs under control. However, increases in insurance, mandatory equipement certification, maintenance and fuel costs over the years have negatively impacted our ability to appropriately respond to issues that arise. A simple example is shown in our 2011 Property Inventory which lists 21 full sets of bunker gear for our organization currently boasting 31 members. Help us help you and vote yes to the Fire Department Fee increase proposition.

The ballot proposition lists an increase of $5 to the current $5 charge. However, our plan is to only increase the amount to a total of $7 for the foreseeable future. Also, all expenditures are fully vetted through the Emergency Services Board which is comprised of area residents. We take pride in the communities we serve and always try to make the most appropriate choices with any revenue we collect.

The following information is available for download. If you would like to review any additional information please call Station 1 at Phone:(281) 538-5727.



Fee overview and rationale (click here)


Budget and Cash Management Report (click here)


5 Year Plan (click here)


Annual Property Inventory for 2011 (click here)



THANKYOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!










Kemah Fire Department
P.O. Box 962, Kemah, TX 77565
Physical Address: 905 Hwy 146 | MAP
Phone:(281) 538-5727  Fax:(281)538-8221
Proudly serving Clear Lake Shores, Kemah, and the Lazy Bend communities for over 50 years!

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