Pre-Construction Meeting at Smeal Fire Apparatus
NWCFD personnel were at the Smeal plant in Snyder, Nebraska in a two-day pre-construction fire engine (E192) build meeting this week. Some might think "a fire truck is a fire truck" or "that is a pretty fire truck" but there are many things that go on behind the scenes in designing a fire engine. We are proud to report that not only are we building a hybrid urban interface fire engine that is custom for NWCFD, we are building a custom engine that will serve for multiple years in front-line status in the south end of the District knowing that it will also run K-10 Highway and serve as a reserve engine in the City of De Soto in its future life. Anticipated delivery is the spring of 2020.
April Burn Ban Announcement
We have some exciting news to share regarding the annual April burn restrictions, which are in place to comply with the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan, (https://www.ksfire.org/regulations/). Starting this year, we will be relaxing the restrictions in order to accommodate our citizens. In the past, all open burning has been restricted with the only exception being agricultural burning. This April, the following guidelines will apply to open burning:
1. Material must be site generated.
2. Burning will only be allowed at a residential location.
3. No burning of grass land, pastures, fields or any type of acreage will be allowed.
4. The burn pile must not be bigger than 5' x 5' in size.
5. No commercial operations will be allowed to burn. This includes land clearing operations.
Normal open burning regulations still apply and you must call in for a burn permit on the day you intend to burn.
If you have any questions, please call us at 913-583-3886.
NWCFD Receives Gold Plus Mission: Lifeline Recognition
We are proud to be a small part of such an amazing EMS system here in Johnson County! NWCFD, along with other Johnson County EMS providers, were awarded the Gold Plus award for 2018!
Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition is a program designed to showcase Emergency Medical Service organizations across the nation for excellent STEMI care. Prehospital personnel are the first providers of care to patients suffering from cardiac emergencies. The role of EMS in the system-of-care for these patients is crucial and often sets the course for the patient's outcome. The Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition program was launched in 2014 and continues to celebrate the achievement of the pre-hospital providers and their collaboration with each other and destination hospitals specific to STEMI patient care.
Chief Maxton Visits Mesa and Phoenix Fire Departments
As part of the Johnson County Fire and Emergency Services Chiefs Association (JCFESCA), Chief Maxton attended site visits to Mesa and Phoenix this week. JCFESCA discussed regional deployment, automatic aid, technology, business rules, and operational procedures. JCFESCA members attended the East Valley Fire Chiefs meeting, toured the Mesa Regional Communications Center, discussed operational and technological issues with the Phoenix Fire Department administrative staff, and toured the Phoenix Fire Regional Dispatch Center. The knowledge that was gained assists JCFESCA in addressing fire and emergency services delivery improvement in Johnson County.
NWCFD Board Approves Purchase of a New Engine
NWCFD stakeholders - we have good news to report! At last night's Board meeting, a contract for a new fire engine was signed as part of our fleet replacement plan. This engine will be assigned to Station 192 at 127th & Gardner Rd. Arriving in the 1st quarter of 2020, this engine addition will help us address our aging fleet and provide you with a more reliable fire apparatus.
Northwest Consolidated Fire District is Hiring
NWCFD is currently accepting applications to establish an eligibility list for new Firefighter/EMT positions in 2019. More info...
Northwest Consolidated Fire District Appoints New Fire Chief
We are pleased to announce, that as of December 4, 2018, Interim Fire Chief Todd Maxton has accepted the position of Fire Chief of the Northwest Consolidated Fire District. Chief Maxton has his undergraduate degree in Public Safety Management, is a Kansas Certified Emergency Manager, and has a combined 20 years of public safety experience with the City of Olathe. Todd brings 25 years of service and dedication to the district where he began as a volunteer firefighter and came up through the ranks of Captain, Battalion Chief, and Interim Fire Chief. Congratulations, Chief!
Kidde Smoke Detector Recall
From the Office of the Kansas State Fire Marshal
Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire
USCPSC | Mar 22, 2018
Name of product: Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms – models PI2010 and PI9010
Hazard: A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home.
Recall date: March 21, 2018
Units: About 452,000 in the U.S. (In addition, about 40,000 were sold in Canada.)
Consumer Contact: Kidde toll-free at 833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.
Thank You for your service Firefighter John Strong!
Firefighter John Strong has been a valuable and dedicated member of NWCFD for the past 10 years, starting with Johnson County Fire District 3. Tonight, we celebrated his 10 year milestone and sadly said goodbye as well, as he worked his final shift with us. FF Strong is retiring from his part time duties. Thank you, FF Strong, for your service!
Photos by Donny McKinney
Wildfire Awareness Week
Today is the start of Wildfire Awareness Week in Kansas. Each year, Kansas has more than 5,000 vegetation-related fires. Even living in the city doesn't protect us, because over 800 fire last year started in yards. Now is the perfect time to plan, prepare, and take measures to protect. Wildfire season will be here in a matter of weeks. More Info... #wildfireawarenessweek
Information about Calls and HIPAA
If you've ever pulled up to where one of our Firefighters is blocking a roadway and asked, "What's going on?" or met a department member at a social event and said, "Hey, why was the Ambulance here the other day?" you'll have noticed that you don't get much of a response. You might be told "oh, we had a medical call" or "it's an ATV accident," with no additional detail. And perhaps that seems odd to you - after all, you already know there was a medical call; there wouldn't have been a ambulance otherwise, now would there? For that matter, why does the website say only that a medical call happened and nothing more? That's not really any information at all.
The reason the members of the fire department don't answer questions like this in any detail is the same reason your doctor can't tell anyone the details of your medical condition. We're bound by the same HIPAA laws that your doctor's office is. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which took effect in 2003, created privacy standards regarding patient information that all health care providers must follow. This includes the responders from your local fire department.
So no, we can't tell you who was in the motor vehicle accident or why someone had to be extricated out. We can't tell you who is sick or injured, what the illness or injury is, or what we think the outcome will be. Nor, even if you're the patient's family or best friend in the world, can we tell you how they're doing or what's wrong if you're not right there with the patient, where they can agree to have that information shared, or not. We're required to protect the privacy of our patients, and that means not talking about anything that hasn't already become public knowledge through newspaper reports or community discussion. If it's information the patient or their family doesn't share with the community, then it's information we will never talk about.
And even though we're not bound by the same laws when it comes to the fires and other non-medical incidents we run on, we have a policy of keeping the same confidences. So no, we won't tell you whose house almost burned down or who we think was responsible for an auto accident. It's part of our job to respect the privacy of the people involved.
So please don't think of our non-committal answers as keeping things from you. Think instead about the level of confidentiality you'd want us to preserve if the emergency were yours.
Thanks and stay safe!
Northwest Consolidated Fire District
Cave Rescue Training With Lenexa
A-Shift participated in Cave Rescue Training with Lenexa Fire Department. The class was hosted by Lenexa Fire Department located at the Meritex Caves. Click the link to view photos from the training. Click Here...
Winter is here!!!
Hello WINTER!!! Visit our newly published Weather Safety Page. Click Here...
Fire Safety tips for your Thanksgiving Week
The number of home fires double on Thanksgiving. So, let's add a pinch of fire safety to the menu. Follow the link to find several ways you can make your Thanksgiving a happy and safe one. Read More...
Northwest Consolidated Fire District is Hiring Firefighter/EMTs
As of 10/7/2017, Northwest Consolidated Fire District is accepting applications for Full-Time Firefighter/EMTs. Follow the link for more information. Read More...
Northwest Consolidated Fire District Fire Muster
On 09/02/2017, NWCFD hosted the 3rd Annual Fire Muster and Kids Fire Muster during De Soto Days. Thank you to all the sponsors and participants in this year's events. And congratulations to all the winners. See you next year.
Photos by Rose Burgweger
Northwest Consolidated Fire District Improves ISO Rating
Effective 09/01/2017, NWCFD ISO Rating improved to a 3/10 Split. This comes after improving to a 5/4/10 rating last year. Follow the link to read more about ISO and the improved rating for NWCFD. Read More....
Lifesaving PulsePoint app now available in Kansas City region
Local city, county, fire department and emergency medical services leaders have joined forces to bring the lifesaving PulsePoint app to the Kansas City region. The free mobile app alerts citizens trained in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when someone in a nearby public place suffers sudden cardiac arrest. Public safety communications centers send alerts through the app at the same time they dispatch first responders to the scene. The app also notifies users of the closest available automated external defibrillator (AED). Read More....