WFD Fire Trivia
- How many total “man-hours” of training has the Waukegan Fire Department logged in the first 6 months of the 2017 year?
- 20,883 “man-hours” for training from January 1st-June 30 2017 …. This includes almost 2500 hrs of EMS training, 400 hrs of SCBA training, 450 hrs of Hazardous materials training, 900 hrs of training time on pre-planning buildings and 400 hrs on pump operations and hose-line operations. In a typical day 25-29 on duty personnel will complete 5 hrs of ongoing training each in addition to responding to almost 30 calls for service.
- Including our current Fire Chief George Bridges Jr., how many fire chiefs has the Waukegan Fire Department had in our 168 year history?
- A small hint this week: from 1849-1868 the top spot was a foreman not a fire chief so don't count them.
- How much does it cost for a new fire engine, including tools and hose?
- A new fire engine can vary in cost greatly depending on many different factors. Size of water tank, size of pump, engine, transmission, construction materials, various configurations can lead to cost ranges that vary greatly. Ladder trucks typically run from $750,000 to $1,250,000 and Aircraft firefighting units can vary in price from $500,000 to $1,500,000.
. 4/5/2018 FACTS OR FICTION?
- 1. Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
- 2. Most fatal fires kill one or two people.
- 3. When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
- 4. More than half of people injured in home fires involving cooking equipment were hurt while attempting to fight the fire themselves.
- 5. The leading factor contributing to heating equipment fires was failure to clean.
- 6. If you have a reported fire in your home, the risk of dying increases by about 80 percent when sprinklers are present.
4/5/2018 FACTS OR FICTION
- #6 was FICTION... The correct answer is: " If you have a reported fire in your home, the risk of dying DECREASES by about 80 percent when sprinklers are present."
- A "pass device" is an essential part of firefighters' equipment. What is a pass device?
- An emergency warning device worn by firefighters. The pass device is worn by all firefighters, and is designed to locate firefighters in trouble. The device if often attached to each firefighters personal self contain breathing apparatus (SCBA). The device senses if the firefighter has remained motionless for a short period of time. It may also sense if a firefighter has been exposed to a rapid rise in temperature, as may occur when a burning building collapses. A piercing alarm is sounded under any of the conditions for which the device is designed to detect.
- Waukegan Fire Department responds to 30 different calls for service. With the rain storms how many do you think we responded to in the 24 hrs from midnight to the next day?
- 64 calls from midnight to midnight over double the normal amount of calls. We are always thankful when there no serious injuries during the storms.
- A 100-foot, 1/2-inch diameter hose attached to a faucet that supplies water at 40 psi (typical City pressure) has a flow rate of 6 gallons per minute. A typical fire hose for use in the actual fire attack is a 1 ¾ inch hose-line stretching out to 200 feet. Typically, how much flow rate does a 200 ft 1 ¾ inch fire hose at normal operating pressure have?
- With the average fire engine carrying a tank of 750 gallons this means if fully flowing the firefighters have approximately less than 4 minutes of water in the tank before they must connect to a hydrant or other source of water. The hose flows 200 gallons per minute at 140 psi.