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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

5 Things to Know - Fort Thomas Fire Department

I am always looking for a Fort-Thomas-centric topic to feature in the “5 Things to Know” article.  A topic that all residents are aware of, and all residents could benefit from learning more about.  The Fort Thomas Fire Department is the perfect topic to focus on.  These fearless protectors of our city are rarely acknowledged for their hard work and dedication.  I wanted to feature them in an article to educate our readers on our fire department, and also show our appreciation for the selfless work they do all year.

 I contacted Captain Steve Lumpp to research, interesting, and lesser known facts about the Fort Thomas Fire Department.  Captain Lumpp responded, “Here are our five things, there are so many things to share it is difficult to pick out just five!”

Here is some insight into the work and training that our firefighters undergo to be called the FTFD:

  1. Almost two-thirds of all fire deaths were in homes without working smoke detectors or no detectors (source: NFPA).  Be sure to change your batteries in your smoke detector when you change your clocks and replace your smoke detector every 10 years.
  2. The Fort Thomas Fire Department responds to approximately 1800 incidents a year. Last year, 2011, we responded to 538 fire related incidents and 1347 emergency medical incidents.
  3. At the Fire Department, there is a Chief who is also a Paramedic, a Part-Time Administrative Assistant, and 18 Full-Time personnel divided into three 24-hour shifts. On each shift, there is a Captain Firefighter/Paramedic, a Lieutenant Firefighter/Paramedic (or EMT), and 4 Firefighter/Paramedics.
  4. Every Firefighter initially completes a minimum of 400 hours of training in various fire and rescue topics and then a minimum of 100 hours in fire and rescue training every year. Additionally, for the medical aspect, they complete a 150 hour Emergency Medical Technician course and Paramedics complete an 1100 hour course in Paramedicine. They also complete a minimum of 60 hours of continuing education every 2 years.
  5. Besides Fire/EMS incidents and training, the Fire Department also has a multitude of other responsibilities such as fire inspections/consultations, hydrant testing/maintenance (twice a year), equipment maintenance/calibration/testing, fire prevention classes/tours/activities, fire investigations, community CPR/First Aid classes, burn permits, and many other activities involved in being ready for emergency responses and fire prevention.
The Fort Thomas Fire Department is filled with dedicated people from top to bottom.  They do not request praise or thanks; their primary fuel is providing a comfort blanket over the city.  They are there for you whenever you need them; in Captain Lumpp’s words, “No matter what the problem is, never be afraid to call the Fire Department. We respond to any and all types of calls at any hour of the day!”

To meet your fire department personnel click here.  If you see one of these men or women around town, be sure to thank them for everything they do.

Do you have a topic for a future “5 Things to Know” feature?  Leave your suggestions in the comments below or on the FTM Facebook page.

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