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Ice & Cold Weather Safety
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- Never leave a child or pet dog unattended around icy bodies of water.
- Always keep your pets on a leash.
- If a pet dog falls through the ice do not attempt to rescue your dog. Call 911 for help.
- Slush is a danger sign, indicating that ice is no longer freezing from the bottom and can be weak or deteriorating.
- Ice seldom freezes or thaws at a uniform rate. It can be one foot thick in one spot and be only a few inches thick 10 feet away.
If You Fall In
- Do not panic.
- Turn toward the direction you came from.
- Place your hands and arms onto the ice and place your body against the edge of the ice.
- Kick with your legs to push yourself forward out of the water, onto the ice, and keep trying until you are on solid ice.
- Remain lying down to keep your weight distributed evenly.
- Roll away from the hole and crawl back towards the shore.
- Reach for rope, a pole, or any other item that has been extended you to from someone on dry land.
How to Help a Victim
- Call 911. Do not put yourself in danger by going out onto the ice.
- If you see someone fall through ice remember to “Reach, Throw and Go"
- Reach from shore with a rope, pole, ladder, tree branch, jumper cables or similar object.
- Throw something to keep them afloat such as a life preserver or boat seat cushion.
- Go to find supplies, help or call 911.
Just minutes after picking up the pieces of an overturned fire truck on Sunday March 2nd, crews were alerted of a motor vehicle accident with a report of a person trapped on Eastbound 70 near the 191 mile marker. While en-route the trucks battled ice covered roads and had to dodge in and out of cars that were blocking the roadway due to road conditions. Once on-scene the crews encountered two tractor trailers that collided. The crews of 1414 and 1426 worked for about an hour to rescue a person from one of the trucks. The person was extricated and transported by EMS.
In the late afternoon of March 2nd crews responded to a motor vehicle accident with a person trapped on Westbound 70 near the 188 mile marker. Crews arrived on-scene to find 1 person in the car. The patient was rescued from the vehicle and transported to a hospital.
At 8:14 PM on February 21st Warrenton Fire crews were dispatched to the area of Owl Creek Dr and Highway 47 for flames coming from a house. Crews arrived on-scene to find heavy fire through the roof of a 1 story house. Crews deployed three hose lines and started to extinguish the fire. A Water shuttle operation was conducted as crews gathered water from an area lake and transported it to the scene. Warrenton Fire Protection District, Wright City Fire Protection District, Hawk Point Fire Protection District and Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department were all on-scene. As normal procedure crews from Hawk Point and Jonesburg Fire were moved into our district to cover any calls during the duration of the fire. As crews were working to extinguish the fire they were dispatched to shed fire on Low Gap Road West of Warrenton. Jonesburg, Hawkpoint, and Wentzville Fire responded and located a small fire in a shed that was extinguished by the homeowners. While crews were responding to this fire additional crews were moved into our district from New Florence and Lincoln County Fire.
The Warrenton Fire Protection District was organized by voter approval in April, 1988 and is overseen by a Board of Directors, consisting of five members. Covering 125 square miles and serving an estimated population of 17,000 the District responds to numerous incidents during any given year. In 2013 a total of 563 incidents were logged, including fires, vehicle accidents, hazardous materials incidents, and other alarms.
The District is comprised of a career staff - Chief, Fire Marshal, firefighters - and volunteers who are dedicated to the life safety of the citizens they serve. They participate in regular training sessions and educational classes throughout the year to remain current with the latest technology and to maintain their skill level.