UPCOMING BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS Minimize

Next Regular Board Meeting: Wednesday, August 13, 7:00 PM

All meetings are held at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos, unless otherwise noted. Agendas are posted on our Board of Directors page.


What's New - August 2014 Minimize
PulsePoint Respond App Now Available in Santa Cruz County

When it comes to cardiac arrest, second matter! Every minute that a heart attack victim waits for treatment, their chance for survival goes down 10%. Taking a CPR class is one of the ways you can help save a life in this event, but now Santa Cruz County residents can take the next step with PulsePoint Respond – an application that can be downloaded onto your smartphone, that alerts CPR-trained residents when there is a sudden cardiac arrest event happening in their vicinity (provided that it’s in a public area or building). The app also notifies you of where the nearest AED (defibrillator unit) is, to use as needed. PulsePoint Foundation is a registered non-profit company based in the San Francisco area. For more information on PulsePoint and its applications, visit www.pulsepoint.org. The district highly recommends renewing your CPR skills every 2 years, to be up to date on the latest method. Our free community CPR classes are offered semi-monthly, or you can check our listings for other CPR training facilities in the area at our CPR Providers page.

 

Does Your Family Have an Escape Plan?

While your kids prepare for the school year ahead, you may also want to better prepare them for the possibility of a fire in the home. Now is the perfect time to work out and rehearse a family Escape Plan for your home.

In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you to get out of your home quickly. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire! It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames.

Prepare and practice your fire escape plan twice a year with everyone in your household, including children and people with disabilities. It's also a good idea to practice your plan with overnight guests.
Some tips to consider when preparing your escape plan include:
  • Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. 
  • Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
  • Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Use the ladder ONLY in a real emergency.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
  • Have a plan for everyone in your home who has a disability.
  • Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.
  • Watch this informative video, to learn more about escape plans:


2014 Smoke Alarm Updates Minimize
Effective July 1, 2014, all battery powered smoke alarms or combination (smoke & CO alarms) must contain a sealed 10-year battery. The CA State Fire Marshal recommends replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years, and testing those alarms twice a year to ensure proper operation. For best results, install smoke alarms in each bedroom and on each level of the home. Also effective July 1st, 2011 all homes are required to install carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is the #1 cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the U.S.For more details on the new smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm legislation, please click the document link above, or visit the Office of the State Fire Marshal's website at www.osfm.fire.ca.gov.

Changes to 2010 Legislation Minimize
As of July 1st 2011 the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 goes into effect. The act requires that all single-family dwellings have a California State Fire Marshal approved carbon monoxide detector installed. In addition, all other dwelling units will be required to do so on or before January 1st of 2013. More information is available in the document listed below.
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Living With Fire - PDF Minimize

 


FF of the Year 2013 Minimize

Congratulations to FF/PM Ryan Peters for being chosen as 2013's VFW Firefighter of the Year!


 

VFW Commander Chuck Woodson presented his award at the Feb. 13th Board Meeting.  He was also commended by multiple leaders of local charities for his fundraising and volunteer work through the Santa Cruz 9-1-1 network.

SRA FEE INFORMATION Minimize

 

Assembly Bill X1 29 was signed into law on July 7, 2011, approving the new annual Fire Prevention Fee to pay for fire prevention services within the SRA (State Responsibility Area). Some residents within our District will be receiving letters regarding these annual fees, as their homes fall under the mutual response area covered by both our District and the State Department of Forestry. For more information on these fees, click the link below to our SRA Information Page.


Board of Directors Minimize

 

Click the graphic above for information on current A/LSFD Board of Directors Agendas, Minutes, and other helpful information.


Safety Alert: Sky Lanterns Minimize
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SCAM ALERT - Beware of False "Firefighter Charity" Calls Minimize

Residents of Aptos and the surrounding area are being targeted by a phone scam operation.  Callers claim to be firefighters with the Aptos/La Selva Fire District, who are collecting money for a Burn Foundation (or other) charity cause.  We urge the public to NOT give any credit card information, bank numbers or other personal info to these callers.  They are not associated with the District in any way, and local law enforcement has been alerted to the issue.  These callers seem to be using rotating cell phone numbers with a local (831) area code, which disconnects immediately after calling.


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