5 Sunapee Firefighters participate in the NH 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on September 11, 2014-
Lt/AEMT Phil Brunelle
Lt/EMT-P Matthew Whitehead
FF Lance Harbour
FF Rob Riessle
FF Steve Tighe
What is the NH 9/11 Memorial Stair climb?
The stair climb is a way for firefighters and others across the state and region to gather together and tell each other and let the rest of the world know that we will not forget the sacrifices made on that day. It is an untimed walk aimed at using physical fitness to remember the events, people, and FDNY firefighters of September 11th, 2001. The climb is designed to equate to 110 stories, the height of the World Trade Center Twin Towers.
Each participant will begin in the basement level of 1000 Elm Street, Brady Sullivan Plaza, and climb to the 20th floor. Participants will then take an elevator back down to the basement and repeat the process five more times, with a final decent to the 10th floor, climbing back to the 20th level equaling a total of 110 stories. On the final ascent to the top, once completed, there will be an opportunity for team photos to be taken before the team descends for termination activities.
What are the goals of the event?
The focus of the event first-and-foremost is remembrance. We will honor the firefighters, people and events of September 11th, 2001 with each step. Second, to establish the NH 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb as an annual event to provide continued and consistent support to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the services it provides to families of fallen firefighters across the nation.
Smoke and CO Detectors Save Lives!
Test your detectors monthly.
Have a plan for exiting your home in case of an emergency.
When you change your clocks an hour forward or backward, don’t forget to change your smoke and CO detector batteries!
Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.
Fire Prevention Week is October 5-11, 2014. This year’s topic concentrates on Smoke Alarms. Did you know that many people don’t test their smoke alarms as often as they should? When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. You need working smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Test yours every month!
Fast Facts (from the National Fire Protection Association)
•In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, $6.9 billion in direct damage.
•On average, seven people died in U.S. home fires per day from 2007 to 2011.
•Cooking is the leading cause home fires and home fire injuries, followed heating equipment.
•Smoking is a leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.
•Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2012, 8 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 44 deaths.
•Almost three of five (60%) of reported home fire deaths in 2007 to 2011 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
•Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
•In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 93% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 79% of the time.
•When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
•An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed, to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended.