Solicitation Warning to Residents

The Londonderry Fire Department and Town Hall are aware that there is a company or individual who is soliciting funds and donations. They are implying that they are a representative of the Londonderry Fire Department. The Londonderry Fire Department however is not holding any fundraisers or making any calls. If you receive or have received  a phone call, you are urged to call and report it to the Londonderry Fire Department immediately, along with any other information you might have. (603)432-1124.

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Request For Proposal: Stryker Power Pro XT Stretcher

The Town of Londonderry is accepting proposals to provide one Stryker Power Pro XT stretcher for the Londonderry Fire Department. Packages are available in the Town Manager’s Department or at their website.

 

All proposals should be submitted in a sealed envelope and addressed to:

 

Town of Londonderry
Finance Department
268B Mammoth Road
Londonderry, NH 03053
Attention: Fire Department Stretcher.

Proposals must be received no later than 4:00pm on Friday, March 21, 2014.

There will not be a public opening of the proposals. Proposals cannot be withdrawn for a period of ninety (90) days. The solicitation of proposals pursuant to this RFP is not a guarantee that a contract will be awarded. The Town reserves the right to reject any or all Proposals and take such action as may be deemed necessary in the best interests of the Town.

If you have any questions, contact Battalion Chief Fred Heinrich at (603) 432-1124 or email him at fheinrich(at)londonderrynh.org.

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Fire Safety: Keep your Holidays from Going up in Flames

Londonderry Fire Department Offers Fire Prevention Tips for a Safe and Festive Holiday Season

For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few of us consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. According to The Londonderry Fire Department, many households engage in holiday activities that serve as some of the leading causes of US home fires, including cooking. Christmas trees, candle usage and holiday decorations also significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires. Add to that the hectic nature of the holidays, when people are trying to accomplish multiple tasks at one time, and the chance for home fires grows even further.

“As everyone gets busier during the holidays, we often become rushed, distracted or tired,” says Brian Johnson of the Londonderry Fire Department. “That’s when home fires are more likely to occur.”

Fortunately, with a little added awareness and some minor adjustments to holiday cooking and decorating, the season can remain festive and safe for everybody. “By taking some preventative steps and following simple rules of thumb, most home fires can be prevented,” says Fire Marshal Johnson.

With unattended cooking as the leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire injuries, Johnson says to stay in the kitchen while you’re frying, grilling or broiling food. Most cooking fires involve the stovetop, so keep anything that can catch fire away from it, and turn off the stove when you leave the kitchen, even if it’s for a short period of time. If you’re simmering, boiling, baking or roasting food, check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking. The Londonderry Fire Department also suggests creating a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food and drinks are prepared or carried.

Candles are widely used in homes throughout the holidays, and December is the peak month for home candle fires. The nonprofit National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) statistics show that more than half of all candle fires start because the candles had been too close to things that could catch fire. The Londonderry Fire Department encourages Londonderry residents to consider using flameless candles, which look and smell like real candles. However, if you do use traditional candles, keep them at least 12” away from anything that can burn, and remember to blow them out when you leave the room or go to bed. Use candle holders that are sturdy, won’t tip over and are placed on uncluttered surfaces. Avoid using candles in the bedroom where two of five U.S. candle fires begin or other areas where people may fall asleep. Lastly, never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.

According to NFPA, U.S. fire departments annually respond to an average of 250 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Nearly half of them are caused by electrical problems, and one in four resulted from a heat source that’s too close to the tree. The Londonderry Fire Department offers the following advice for picking, placing and lighting the tree:

  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure it’s labeled, certified or identified by the manufacturer as fire-retardant.
  • If you choose a fresh tree, make sure the green needles don’t fall off when touched; before placing it in the stand, cut 1-2” from the base of the trunk. Add water to the tree stand, and be sure to water it daily.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit, and is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, candles and heat vents or lights.
  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory, and make sure you know whether they are designed for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini-string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving the home or going to bed.
  • After Christmas, get rid of the tree. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside the home.
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

By following these fire prevention tips and measure, the Londonderry Fire Department says you can greatly reduce the risk of fire in your home, and enjoy a safe holiday season. “The holidays can quickly turn from joyful to tragic when a fire occurs,” says Johnson. “By taking simple precautions, people can avoid potential fire hazards, and make this time of year a healthy and happy one.”

Visit www.nfpa.org for more information and safety tips. For more information, contact: Fire Marshal Brian Johnson 603-432-1124 bjohnson(at)londonderrynh.org

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LFD Participates in Training Course

This month members of the Londonderry Fire Department attend the IAFF Fire Ground Survival Course in Concord, NH on May 13th – 15th.  The training was made available with support of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the US Department of Homeland Security through the Assistance to Firefighters Act. Departments’ cost management for departments was helped by grants made available through the NH Division of Homeland Security and Bureau of Emergency Management.  Londonderry duty members were able to attend without cost to the Town.

The purpose of the Fire Ground Survival program is to ensure that training for Mayday prevention and Mayday operations are consistent between all firefighters, company officers and chief officers. Firefighters must be trained to perform potentially life-saving actions if they become lost, disoriented, injured, low on air or trapped. These training exercises must be consistent throughout the fire service.

The course, “Fire Ground Survival”, has been developed from lessons learned from firefighter fatality investigations conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

The mission of the New Hampshire Fire Academy is to increase the capability of New Hampshire’s fire and emergency services through research and the application of the best methodologies, techniques, education and practice of fire and emergency medical services.

Londonderry Fire Department Local 3160 has also developed a new website to give citizens an opportunity to check out and learn about what those that serve Londonderry, as firefighters are all about.  Check out the new site at iaff3160.org

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Londonderry Offers Senior Safety Program

Left to right Karen Riddle, Justine Oates, Lori Silva, Patricia Hamann

Neighbors gathered at the Parrish Hills Community Club House last Wednesday February 13 for a Senior Safety presentation offered by the Londonderry Firefighters and the ALERT Program(A Londonderry Emergency Response Team).  The program, entitled Remembering When, is co-sponsored by the Londonderry Fire Department and the Londonderry Elder Outreach Program.  The Londonderry Fire Department’s Community Relations Coordinator Patricia B. Hamann, Firefighter/EMT and Elder Outreach Program Director, Lori Silva, RN lead this program with the mission of educating the elder community in proper safety precautions.

About twenty Parrish Hills community members attended to learn what measures they could take to keep themselves and their homes more secure.  Patricia and Lori offered a Home Safety Checklist.  They reviewed the checklist, recommending that seniors get regular exercise, eye check ups, and put handrails on both sides of the stairs.  They discussed the importance of electrical safety, kitchen safety, smoke alarms, escape routes, and emergency phone numbers.  They also offered a Safe Senior Information Sheet for seniors to complete and return to the Fire Department.  The Londonderry Fire Department will keep this information confidential and on file for use in emergency situations or to check on the welfare and safety of the persons listed on the form.  Seniors were also given a Medical Data Review Card to be kept in an easy to reach place, such as your refrigerator.  This card includes important information about emergency contacts, medication information, existing medical conditions, and medical insurance.  If called to your home for an emergency, the fire fighters will be able to grab this card, bring it to the hospital with you, and give it to the health care professional.  Having this information ready can save not only time, but also lives.

From left to right are Riita Nemon, Karen Riddle, Justine Oates, Helen Conte, Don Simard, Helen Asquith, Ed Buckley, Kathy Hubbard, Dom DiRienzo, Joan Baker, Patricia Hamann, Sheila Twomey, Richard Baker, Lori Silva, Sandy Simard.

Patricia and Lori discussed fall prevention and Fire Safety Precautions in detail.  After the presentation, there was a question and answer period.  This is an educational and resource forum for our seniors.  Other senior communities interested in participating in this program should contact Patricia Hamann of the Londonderry Fire Department at phamann@londonderrynh.org or Lori Silvaof the ALERT program  at alertoutreach@londonerrynh.org.

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Fire Department Hosts First Annual Recognition Ceremony

On Saturday, January 19, 2013, the Londonderry Fire Department and the Londonderry Professional Firefighters Local 3160 held the first annual Londonderry Fire Department Recognition Ceremony. The evening began with a reception at 5:15 PM and the ceremony commenced at 6 PM with approximately 180 people in attendance.

The guest speaker for this event was retired Pittsfield (NH) Fire Chief Gary Johnson. Chief Johnson has been involved in the New Hampshire fire service for over 30 years, spending much of his career working for the Lebanon, NH Fire Department. Chief Johnson also worked as the fire chief for the Pittsfield (NH) Fire Department and currently works for the New Hampshire

Bo Butler, Londonderry Firefighter of the Year.

The Recognition Ceremony has been in development for about a year and was a joint effort between the Londonderry Fire Department and the Londonderry Professional Firefighters Local 3160 union. Chief Kevin MacCaffrie has been very supportive of the development of this recognition program and stated, “Our first annual awards ceremony was a huge success.”

The ceremony has two distinct portions, the first being a celebration of career milestones during which the department recognized members who have completed probation, reached a ten year anniversary, received a promotion or achieved retirement. The second half is an award ceremony to recognize major accomplishments of the members. In order to be considered for an award a member must first be nominated by a peer. All nominations are then vetted by a review committee that consists of seven representatives from the department membership in a truly peer-driven process.

Highlights of the ceremony were a celebration of Chief MacCaffrie’s upcoming retirement, the naming of Paul MacCallum as Support Services Member of the Year and firefighter James “Bo” Butler as the department’s Firefighter of the Year. Chief MacCaffrie stated, “We honored those firefighters that achieved career service milestones and those that went above and beyond their regular duties to serve the department and the citizens. We also recognized those who came before us for their service.”

For a complete list of those recognized during the event, click Read More.

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