Cape Coral Firefighters to Utilize Model Home Donated by Aubuchon Homes

Cape Coral Firefighters to Utilize Model Home Donated by Aubuchon Homes

Model home located at base of Cape Coral Bridge to be used by firefighters for training before it is taken down

Aubuchon Homes is planning to tear down the Mandolin model home located at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge and offered the structure to the Cape Coral Fire Department to be used for training prior to its demolition. From now until July 30, firefighters will use the house to train on:

  • Hose deployment – getting the fire hose from the fire truck to the building
  • Hose management – maneuvering the hose through the building
  • Primary and secondary search
  • Firefighter survival
  • RIT – the Rapid Intervention Team is a dedicated team of firefighters ready to rescue other firefighters who become trapped in a structure or hazard.

Firefighters regularly train on these skills using props, but having a residential structure floor plan to utilize simulates a more real-life situation. Most evolutions will include simulated smoke, and, since the structure will be torn down, firefighters will be able to practice breaching walls.

“We’ve been proud to host Cape Coral’s first responders and their families at the model home site during Red, White & Boom over the past decade,” explained Gary Aubuchon, President of Aubuchon Homes. 

“It just seemed natural to think of them when it came time for us to take it down.  We’re glad to give back to our local fire department by offering up the home as a training ground.”

Cape Coral Fire Station 12 Ribbon Cutting

Cape Coral Fire Station 12 Ribbon Cutting

On May 4th at 1:30 pm, the Cape Coral Fire Department commemorated the completion of construction on Cape Coral Fire Station #12 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Fire Station is located on Chiquita Boulevard South, just north of Veterans Parkway. The response district for Fire Station #12 will incorporate areas previously covered by Stations 4, 6, and 8, servicing a population of over 20,000. They expect to respond to 2,500 emergency calls annually.

“A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds, which can quickly lead to difficulty breathing. In an emergency, every second counts,” said Fire Chief Ryan W. Lamb. “The addition of Fire Station #12 will greatly reduce response times to residents in this quickly growing community.”

The nearly $4.5 million dollar structure was built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. It features three apparatus bays over 77 feet in length, seven bunk rooms for on-duty crews, multiple layers of weather protection, and a full backup power generator.

“Our goal as a city is from what we’d like to say hello to hello–from a 911 ‘Hello, how can I help you?’ to a firefighter knocking on your door, we want to be under 10 minutes,” Lamb said.

CCFD is excited to add this station and engine to their response capabilities for serving the Cape Coral community. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.

City of Cape Coral RESCINDS Burn Ban

City of Cape Coral RESCINDS Burn Ban

Effective immediately, Cape Coral rescinds the temporary burn ban issued on March 29

The temporary burn band issued by the City of Cape Coral on March 29, 2022, has been rescinded.

Residents are urged to continue to use caution with recreation and cooking fires. Recreational fires must comply with the stipulations of the Ordinance for recreational burns, such as being 25’ from any structure, having an extinguishment source, and the fire must be kept to a maximum of 3’ in diameter and 2’ in height. Recreational fires are not intended for vegetation or rubbish disposal, per Ordinance.

In addition, the Cape Coral Fire Department continues to request the community be vigilant in not disposing of lit smoking materials outdoors, including from a car window.

City of Cape Coral Issues Burn Ban

City of Cape Coral Issues Burn Ban

Effective today, Cape Coral issues a temporary burn ban with the intent to limit fire hazards within the City

In accordance with the City’s Code of Ordinance, Chapter 8-14: Burn ban implementation procedures, effective today, March 29, the City of Cape Coral issued a temporary burn ban with the intent to limit fire hazards within the City to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our residents.

This measure prohibits recreational burns (i.e. fire pits, campfires) and City permitted burns (i.e. bonfires and land clearing control burns). Fires solely for cooking purposes where the fire, flames, and heat generated are fully contained within the confines of the device being used (i.e. grill) are still allowed.

The burn ban shall be in effect until the local drought index is below 600 for seven consecutive days.

In addition to following the burn ban restrictions, the Cape Coral Fire Department requests the community be vigilant in not disposing of lit smoking materials outdoors, including from a car window. The Department also requests vehicles, including ATVs, only be operated on paved, gravel, or dirt surfaces and not on grass or other vegetation.

CAPE CORAL FIRE DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES ANNUAL HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY CAMPAIGN

CAPE CORAL FIRE DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES ANNUAL HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY CAMPAIGN

Firefighters urge everyone to help “Keep the Wreath Green”

Wednesday marked the beginning of the Cape Coral Fire Department’s annual “Keep the Wreath Green” fire safety campaign.

For the ninth year, Cape Coral firefighters have placed a wreath illuminated with green bulbs at Fire Station 4, located at 2007 Santa Barbara Boulevard.  If a preventable fire such as cooking, smoking, holiday decorations, candles, etc. occurs between December 1 and January 1, one of the green bulbs will change to red.

Though fire safety should be a year-round priority, particular precautions need to be taken during the holiday season, and the “Keep the Wreath Green” campaign serves as a reminder of this. With the hectic holiday season, it is easy for families to become complacent about fire safety.

“As everyone gets busier during the holidays, we often become rushed, distracted or tired,” says Fire Chief Ryan W. Lamb. “That’s when home fires are more likely to occur.”

With the additional use of decorative lighting, live Christmas trees, increased cooking activities, and the burning of candles, the risk of fire in homes increases. Fortunately, with a little added awareness and some minor adjustments to holiday cooking and decorating, the season can remain festive and safe for everybody.

  • Decorations
    • Choose holiday decorations carefully, using those only made of flame-resistant, flame-retardant, or non-combustible materials.
    • Keep decorations away from heat sources. Of the fires that began with decorations, nearly half occurred due to the decoration’s proximity to a heat source.
    • Keep decorations away from windows and doors that might be needed as a means of escape.
  • Candles
    • Keep candles at least 12” away from decorations or other combustible materials. Two of every five home decoration fires are started by candles.
    • Never leave candles unattended. Extinguish them when you leave the room.
    • Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip over.
  • Lights
    • Use only lights listed by an independent testing laboratory and pay close attention to the manufacturer’s instructions for use.
    • Closely inspect all holiday lighting before use to insure all wires, bulbs and connections are in a safe condition. Discard any lights with exposed wires, broken insulation, cracked or missing bulbs, or other defects.
    • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not become damaged.
    • Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Christmas trees
    • Before purchasing an artificial tree, be sure it is identified by the manufacturer as fire-retardant.
    • When choosing a live Christmas tree, look for signs of freshness by lightly pulling branches through your closed fist. Fresh trees should retain their needles during this test.
    • Have the tree lot operator provide a “fresh cut” by removing 1-2” from the base of the trunk.
    • Immediately place the tree in water and add water daily. Keep a close check on the dryness of the tree and remove the tree when needles easily fall off.
    • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit and is at least three feet away from any heat source like fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
    • The Cape Coral Fire Department has provided all Christmas tree vendors in Cape Coral with tree hanger tags that are printed with these important safety tips to remind consumers what precautions to take to prevent Christmas tree fires. 
  • Cooking
    • Unattended cooking is the leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire injuries. After Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve are the peak days for home cooking fires.
    • When frying, grilling, or broiling, stay in the kitchen. Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop and turn off the stove when you leave the kitchen, even if it’s for a short period of time.
    • When simmering, boiling, baking or roasting food, stay in the home and check on it frequently; use a timer as a reminder if necessary.
    • Create a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food and drinks are prepared or carried.
  • Smoking
    • Ask smokers to smoke outside.
    • Use large, deep ashtrays and wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
    • Keep matches and lighters up high, away from children.
  • Ensure there is a working smoke alarm on each level of your home and practice fire escape plans with all family members and holiday guests.

“The holidays can quickly turn from joyful to tragic when a fire occurs,” says Public Affairs Specialist Andrea Schuch. “By taking simple precautions, Cape Coral residents and visitors can stay safe, have holidays that are healthy and happy, and avoid potential fire hazards to ‘Keep the Wreath Green.’”

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