Holiday Safety Topics
The winter holiday season should be a joyous time of year. However, certain types of fires and injuries associated with holiday cooking and decorations are much more common during this season.
In 2013, Thanksgiving was the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas eve and Christmas day. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking and other Holiday fires.
Christmas Tree Fires
Christmas Trees are a traditional part of the Christmas holiday. They can also be a major source of fuel in a fire. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, one of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems and a heat source too close to the tree caused roughly one in every six.
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MFD Deploys SafetyNet System
Safety Net enables MFD to quickly find and rescue individuals with autism, Alzheimer's, dementia and other similar cognitive conditions who have wandered and become lost. Once enrolled in the service your loved one wears a Safety Net Tracking Bracelet. Each Bracelet emits a signal on a channel used by MFD for tracking people at risk. Safety Net Tracking™ Service is currently available in 18 states located across the country and it has assisted public safety with many successful rescues since its inception.
The Minneapolis Fire Department has about 414 firefighters assigned to 19 stations located throughout the City.
Each station responds to calls within its own response area and may assist in responding to calls within a larger district (there are five districts in the City).
The department's typical response to a reported Structure Fire is three engine companies (smaller trucks), one ladder company (larger trucks), one heavy rescue company and two battalion chiefs. Additional resources may be called in for multiple alarm fires.
Our goal is for the first company to arrive on scene within 5 minutes 90% of the time. Our current average response time is 3 minutes 52 seconds. In 2015 MFD responded to over 40,000 emergencies that number has been on an upward trend every year as the city's population increases..
Last updated Jul 6, 2016