From the Chief’s Desk

August 2022

The summer months have once again flown by and we will soon be getting ready for fall, with cooler temperatures and changes in scenery.  As a reminder, school is back in session which means buses are back on the roads in full force.  Please pay extra attention while operating your vehicles around these buses.  Show patience and give them extra room when they are picking up and dropping off children.

Halloween is also around the corner.  Just a few Halloween safety tips to help keep your kids safe while Trick-or-Treating:  look for costumes and wigs that are flame resistant. If using candles in your jack-o-lanterns, votive candles are recommended as being the safest, but as with any fire, do not leave them unattended or left near or in the pathway of trick-or-treaters as they approach your homes.  Using glow-sticks is much safer.  Only approach well-lit homes and watch closely for any moving vehicles and traffic.  It is also recommended that the candy your child gets be inspected for any tampering prior to eating it.  Look up Halloween Safety Tips for more Halloween safety information.

Now is a good time to have your furnace inspected for the upcoming heating season.  A faulty or improperly working furnace can create carbon monoxide (CO) which if gone undetected, can be fatal.  Signs and symptoms of CO poisoning are described as being “flu-like” and may include: dizziness, headaches, nausea/vomiting, fatigue, confusion, loss of consciousness or death.  Make sure your CO detectors are in good working order.

You may or may not have been following the county EMS headlines regarding staffing issues in area fire departments.  We too are experiencing those issues, to a degree.  We are fortunate, currently, to have a dedicated group of individuals that respond to emergency calls, attend drills, help out at fundraisers and keep our modest fire company going.  These dedicated groups of individuals have been providing these services for many years, and are eager for new community-minded people to come in and continue the legacy and heritage of your home-town fire department.  All it takes is for you to walk through the door.  Please consider sharing your time and talents to help your neighbors in their time of need.  Applications are available on our website www.waubekafiredept.com or simply stop in and see us any Tuesday evening.  You can also leave a voicemail at 262-692-2656 to set up a one-on-one meeting with the Fire Chief.  We look forward to meeting you!!

Upcoming events to remember:

 WAUBEKA FIRE DEPT FIRE PREVENTION OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, October 12th – 5 to 8 pm
“Fire won’t wait.  Plan you Escape”

6th ANNUAL “ITALIAN DINNER NIGHT”
Sunday, November 13th
Watch for more details.  Advance tickets available soon.