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Fire Prevention Week 2014 PDF Print E-mail

The Oneonta Fire and Rescue Service is offering free smoke detectors to citizens of Oneonta. If you live in the city limits of Oneonta and do not have working smoke detectors in your residence, call Oneonta Fire and Rescue Service at 274-2752 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday to schedule a time for us to deliver and assist in the installation of a smoke detector. Please remember scheduled appointments are approximate times and may change in the event of a call for emergency services.

Turn Your Attention To Fire Prevention PDF Print E-mail

On June 4, 2014, Fire chiefs and fire service leaders from across the state gathered at the Alabama Firefighter Memorial on the campus of the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa to unveil a new fire prevention initiative headed by the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs (AAFC).

Early in 2014, a committee was established by the AAFC in response to a request for assistance by State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk, who was alarmed by the large number of civilian fire deaths in the month of January 2014 alone. The purpose of the committee is to develop a plan to reduce the number of fire fatalities in Alabama.

Twenty-eight people lost their lives to a fire-related cause in January. As of the June 4, 2014 press conference, the total number civilian fire-related deaths stood at 61 people, making our state fifth in the US for residential fire deaths. State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk stated that, "Even one fire-related fatality is too many, much less 61."  Alabama‚Äôs fire fatality total for all of 2013 was 81.

Alabama fires and fire fatalities are consistent with national trends:

  • Older adults are the age group most likely to die in a home fire.

  • Unattended cooking and alternate heating sources (space heaters, open flames) are the leading causes of fatal home fires.

  • Half of home fire deaths occur between 11pm and 7am.

  • Most home fire deaths are in homes with no working smoke alarm.

Oneonta Fire and Rescue Service (OFRS) is 100% committed to this program.  In addition to educating our citizens on prevention, we will soon be providing free smoke detectors.  So watch in the coming weeks for more information.