Holiday Wreath Program Aims to Prevent Fires

Holiday Wreath Program Aims to Prevent Fires

 

Green Bay, WI, November 24, 2016--  The Green Bay Metro Fire Department in a joint effort with the Green Bay International Association of Fire Fighters Local – 141, will be hanging Christmas wreaths on all fire stations. These wreaths are a part of a public awareness campaign that will last from Thanksgiving Day through January 1, 2016. The wreaths will be initially lit with all green lights.  For every residential fire that occurs during this holiday season, one light will be changed to red.  This is not to celebrate residential fires but rather to educate everybody on fire safety.  Every year we average from 10-17 fires during this time and careless cooking is usually the leading cause of these fires.

 

Every time you see a wreath on a Green Bay Metro Fire Station you will be reminded to have a safe holiday season.  It is the Green Bay Metro Fire Department and the IAFF local -141’s mission to keep these wreaths lit with ALL green lights this holiday season.

 

We would like everybody to practice fire safety when it comes to everything associated with the Holidays.  Never leaving candles unattended, keep a safe distance around portable and fixed heating units, pay close attention when cooking meals (Thanksgiving is the #1 day for cooking fires in the US), and keep your natural Christmas tree well watered.

Grilling Safety

As the temperature creeps up, many of us will pull out our grills and start to cook outdoors again.  Here is what the Green Bay City Ordinance states about grilling.  “Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction.”  This ordinance only applies to apartment buildings with three or more units (including a house that is divided into three or more units).

 

Here are the important points from the ordinance and other grilling safety tips.

 

  • All grills (charcoal and propane) must be placed a minimum of 10ft. from any building. The further the better.
  • No grills of any kind are permitted above ground level such as a balcony or deck. If you live on the second or third story of an apartment you must take your grill to ground level.
  • Be mindful of where the smoke from your grill is going. You might have to adjust the location of a grill to please your neighbors depending on the wind conditions.
  • Clean your grill. Grease and other gunk can catch fire inside your grill if you let it build up.
  • Always keep a close eye on your grill when you are cooking. Just because its outside doesn’t mean it’s safe.
  • No grilling indoors or in your garage. (Believe it or not, I have seen people use smaller propane or even charcoal grills in a house!)

 

Many garage fires have started by a grill that was hastily put in a garage while it was still hot.  Charcoal grills can stay hot enough to start a fire for hours after you are done cooking on them.  Let’s all do our part to keep this grilling season a safe one!

A look into history with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department

Heritage Hill event 2016-05-23

Green Bay Achieves An ISO Rating Of Class 1

 

 

 

 

 

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department was recently notified by Insurance Service Office (ISO) that we have been upgraded to a Class 1 Community.   Green Bay is the first city in the State of Wisconsin to achieve this rating and one of only 132 in the US that are rated Class 1.  There are 48,855 fire departments in the United States that are graded by ISO and this places  the Green Bay Metro Fire Department in the top .3%.  Classifications range from 1, representing superior property fire protection, to Class 10 which indicates that the community does not meet the ISO’s lowest criteria.

 

ISO evaluates a community’s fire protection services.  This includes things such as; fire department staffing, fire prevention activities, training, water supply, and communications.  A community’s ISO rating assists insurance companies in setting their premium rates.  Generally speaking, a community with a Class 1 rating will have much lower property insurance premiums than a Class 5 community.

 

 

Celebrate Americafest News Release

GBMFD Wants You To Celebrate Safety During Celebrate Americafest

 

July 1, 2015 Green Bay, WI--  The Green Bay Metro Fire Department wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time while celebrating Independence Day downtown.  The following are keys to ensuring an enjoyable celebration:

 

  • No fireworks are to be brought into the festival grounds.
  • No drones will be permitted in, around, or over the festival grounds.
  • Keep a close watch of children near the river.
  • Plan ahead for the weather.  Dress appropriately, stay hydrated, and use sunscreen.  Alcohol will dehydrate you.
  • Seek shade to cool off.

 

 

For those considering using consumer fireworks at home to celebrate:

 

  • Consumer fireworks cause over 17,000 fires, 11,000 injuries, and $32 million in damages in the US every year.
  • In 2013, sparklers were the cause of 40% of all reported injuries.  They burn at over 12000 degrees F.
  • 0-4 years old has the highest risk for fireworks injuries followed by children 10-14 years old.
  • In the past several years be have had 2 home fires and a garage fire caused by fireworks.

 

 

 

The best way to keep safe this 4th of July is to leave the fireworks to the professionals.  Enjoy your local fireworks show put on by your town, city, or village. 

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Date: 5/10/2015

Contact: Chris Ehmann

Battalion Chief

Desk (920) 492-3711 Cell (920) 621-5040

Incident Details

Incident Date: 5/10/2015

Incident Type: Structure Fire ***Correction***

Incident Address: 1000 Christiana not 1100 Christiana

Incident Time: 02:58

Incident Description:

Cause of Fire:

Origin of Fire:

Estimated Dollar Loss:

Injuries:

Number of People Displaced:

Additional Information: Correction to the address from prior press release. Correct address is 1000 Christiana not 1100 .

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Date: 5/10/2015

Contact: Chris Ehmann

Battalion Chief

Desk (920) 448-3274 Cell (920) 621-5041

Incident Details

Incident Date: 5/10/2015

Incident Type: Structure Fire

Incident Address: 1100 Christiana St.

Incident Time: 02:58

Incident Description: Fire in wall and rear door frame of 2 story residence

Cause of Fire: Undetermined but not suspicious

Origin of Fire: Wall/door frame

Estimated Dollar Loss: $15,000

Injuries: None

Number of People Displaced: None

Additional Information: Owner returned home and found fire around the back door. He woke his son and they evacuated the house. Fire contained to the area of origin with smoke damage in the house.

Campfires and the burn ban in Brown County

Communities that WILL still allow campfires/recreational fires with the current burn ban in Brown County. Most of the below municipalities have a local ordinance concerning campfires/recreational fires that spell out specific guidelines that are needed to have one. Many of them have a website that you can go to look up the requirements.

Allouez

Ashwaubenon

Bellevue

Denmark

De Pere

Green Bay

Hobart

Howard

Lawrence

Ledgeview

Suamico

Wrightstown

Pulaski

Communities that will NOT allow campfires/recreational fires with the current burn ban in Brown County.

Greenleaf

Morrison

New Franken(exception is Bayshore Campground)

Lt. Nick Craig

Green Bay Metro Fire Department

www.greenbayfd.com

920-448-3293

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Date: 4/28/2015

Contact: Robert Goplin

Battalion Chief

Desk (920) 448-3274 Cell (920) 621-5041

Incident Details

Incident Date: 4/27/2015

Incident Type: Structure fire in multi-family apartment building

Incident Address: 1011 N. Danz

Incident Time: 23:44:46

Incident Description: Units called to a multi-unit apartment building for a structure fire. On scene, first arriving units found fire in the basement. Fire traveled through the walls of the structure and spread through the attic. Heavy fire and smoke damage throughout the building.

Cause of Fire: Under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office

Origin of Fire: Basement

Estimated Dollar Loss: Undetermined at this time

Injuries: No civilian or Firefighter injuries

Number of People Displaced: All occupants are displaced, number being determined.

Additional Information: Building occupants are being cared for by the Red Cross at a nearby school.

 

 

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Date: 4/12/2015

Contact: Drew Spielman

Battalion Chief

Desk (920) 448-3274 Cell (920) 621-5041

Incident Details

Incident Date: 4/12/2015

Incident Type: Vegetation Fire

Incident Address: 1587 Military Ave

Incident Time: Approx 15:15

Incident Description: See below.

Cause of Fire: Under investigation

Origin of Fire:

Estimated Dollar Loss: No dollar loss

Injuries: No Firefighter or civilian injuries

Number of People Displaced: 0

Additional Information: Green Bay Metro Fire was initially dispatched to the Ken Euers Park on North Military for a brush fire. Due to high winds and dry conditions the fire was advancing rapidly. Battalion Chief 411 used the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) to bring in area departments to assist with extinguishment. Crews were successful in keeping the fire from spreading west along the bay and threatening structures. Crews operated for several hours to put out numerous hot spots. Approx 30 acres burned. Area departments who assisted on scene were Howard, Suamico, Lawrence, Hobart, New Franken, and Bellevue. The DNR also assisted with an airplane for air recon.