Cancer Awareness Week - 2018
Aptos/La Selva Firefighters will be donning pink shirts through the month of October, to show support for Cancer Awareness Week. In addition, the Aptos Firefighters Union Local 3535 will be running a "Fill the Boot" campaign to raise funds for the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, which combines basic science, clinical research, epidemiology/cancer control and patient care from throughout the University of California, San Francisco system. To learn more about the Center, visit their website at http://cancer.ucsf.edu/about/.
Residents may donate to the fundraiser online, by clicking the logo below:
A boot will be kept at each engine for collection, as well as at our upcoming Open House event this Sunday, 11-3 PM. If donating by check, please make payable directly to "UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center".
A/LSFD Open House - Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
The annual Open House event was a huge success this year, with a crowd of 287 visitors attending. Many thanks to the volunteers that helped to make this event happen, including participants from the following agencies:
|Santa Cruz County Sheriffs
||California Highway Patrol
|State Parks Lifeguards
|American Red Cross
|Soquel Creek Water District
||American Medical Response
We had a variety of fun and informative activities scheduled this year, including Junior Firefighter activities, live demonstrations, a bounce house, fire engine tours and a variety of safety and disaster preparedness booths that were fun for all ages. We hope to have even more planned for next year's event!
Fire Prevention Week - Oct 7 – 13, 2018
Fire Prevention Week is coming October 7th through 13th. The theme this year is: “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. BE AWARE – FIRE CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE!”
Per the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), this theme focuses on three basic yet vital steps to reduce the likelihood of having a fire––and how to escape safely in the event of one:
- Look for places fires could start. Take a good look around your home, to identify potential fire hazards and remove them.
- Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home, where everyone knows to meet.
- Learn at least 2 ways out of every room. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
This helpful video gives a brief tutorial on how to start your home escape plan:
For more information on fire prevention week, visit www.nfpa.org.