Bristol Fire Chief’s Report – May 2015

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On April 25th 2015 the Bristol Fire Department hosted our first ever Open House for the general public to visit their local fire station. The children had a great time touring the fire station and learning about fire prevention safety. As a reminder that over half of last months grass, field and woods fires were the result of unattended fires. An adult must attend all open burning at all times.

Starting in May the fire department will be preforming maintenance to the fire hydrants and flow testing. Annually the Bristol Fire Department will conduct inspections to assure the hydrants we depend upon for suppression activities are operational, provide adequate water flow, and maintain adequate system pressure. Phase I testing occurs in May, and in addition to the general maintenance inspection, includes a full flow test (which sometimes requires the flowing of large amounts of water), and the documentation of static and residual pressure readings. Phase II testing will occurs in the fall, and in addition to a general maintenance inspection, includes the documentation of static pressure readings only. In addition to being a requirement of ISO (Insurance Services Office), hydrant testing provides many benefits for fire personnel. We gain firsthand knowledge of where hydrants are located, assure they are visible from the road, operational as a “first water’ source, and are able to confirm they are maintained on a regular basis. The testing protocol followed by Bristol Fire Department personnel is based upon the standards of NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)

Should you notice fire personnel checking hydrants in your area, be assured our intentions are not to waste water or destroy property; we are working to insure your safety.

The Bristol Fire Department is actively seeking qualified local persons for the position of volunteer firefighter. Candidates must be over the age of 18, have a high school diploma or equivalency, possess a valid Indiana drivers license and pass a background check and drug screen. Interested persons please inquire at the Bristol Fire Station during regular business hours Monday through Friday.


The Bristol Fire Department will be having a fish fry Saturday May 16th from 3 pm to 7 p.m.



Check Your Smoke Alarms

Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly.

For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in each bedroom. Use Daylight Savings Time as a reminder to check your smoke alarms. Replace conventional batteries at least once a year, even if alarms are wired directly into your home’s electrical system. Consider installing a smoke alarm that has a 10-year battery. Smoke alarms expire after 10 years. So if your alarm is more than 10 years old, you should install a new one.

Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.

As part of your plan, designate one person to get infants and small children out safely. Have a back-up plan for young children just in case the primary person is overcome by smoke.

Smoke is toxic. Teach children to “get low and go” if there is smoke when they are leaving the home. Practice feeling the door, doorknob and cracks around the door with the back of your hand to see if they are too hot. Help your children practice this step.

Choose a place to meet outside that is a safe distance away from your home.

In an Emergency, Leave Home Immediately

In the event of a fire, leave your home immediately. Once you’re out of the house, stay out.

Wait to call 911 until after you are out of the home.

If You Live in an Apartment, Pull the Alarm.

If there is a fire and you don’t hear the building’s fire alarm, pull the nearest fire alarm “pull station” on your way out.

Know all of your building’s fire escape exits and use the stairs to get out. Don’t use the elevator.

If You’re Stuck Inside, Cover the Areas Where Smoke Might Come In

If you cannot safely escape your home or apartment, keep smoke out of the room by covering vents and cracks around the door, and call 911 or your fire department as quickly as possible.

Then signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.


Respectfully submitted,

Fred Genslinger

Fire Chief


Bristol Fire Department


Activity summary for

April 2015


Total Calls

for Service– 90


  • EMS Medical– 42
  • EMS Injury Accidents– 9
  • EMS Injuries– 8
  • Fire Alarms– 12
  • Grass/Field– 8
  • Mutual Aid Fires– 2
  • Vehicle Fires– 2
  • Injury Accident w/vehicle

extrication– 2

  • Shed/Barn Fire– 1
  • Trash/Dumpster Fires– 2
  • Gas Leak– 2


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