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She has arrived in Newburgh and the final process to putting her on the street is underway. Equipping her and getting Drivers trained. IMG_2492 IMG_2493 IMG_2494
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The Newburgh Fire Department is anxiuosly awaiting the arrival of Engine 16 our brand new Pierce Pumper in production right now. We are expecting to take delivery sometime in May and have in service by June.


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In December 2014 we said farewell to two of are members who wrapped up two very successful careers. 1st Assistant Chief Matt Timmel who served Newburgh Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years and 2nd Assistant Chief Chad Bennett who served for 20 years. Both members received the honarary membership of lifetime members and we honored their careers with the Newburgh Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter of the Year award. We wish both Chiefs luck in all of there future endeavors.


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The temperatures are falling very fast and we will soon have our first snow fall. Now is the time to talk with our children about frozen lakes and ponds. Please remind them not to wonder out on to frozen lakes and ponds. If their animal happens to get stuck out on the ice the best thing adults or children can do is call 911 for help. It is to dangerous not knowing how thick or stable the ice is to wonder out and put yourselves in unnecessary danger.

How thick is safe ice?

Ice on moving water in rivers, streams and brooks is never safe. The thickness of ice on ponds and lakes depends upon water currents or springs, depth and natural objects such as tree stumps or rocks. Daily changes in temperature cause the ice to expand and contract, which affects its strength. Because of these factors, no one can declare the ice to be absolutely “safe”.

The only safe ice is at a skating arena!

How cold is cold water?

Any water that is cooler than normal body temperature (98.6 ̊ F) is, by definition, cold water. Cold water drains away your body heat 25 to 30 times faster than air! Cold water does not have to be icy, it just has to be colder than you are to cause hypothermia.

The lower the temperature of the water, the faster the onset
of hypothermia.

If a person was to fall thru the ice into very cold water they may experience these conditions.

Sudden facial contact with cold water (below 70 degrees) touches off a body reflex called the “mammalian diving reflex”. This complex series of body responses shuts off blood circulation to most parts of the body except the heart, lungs and brain. It has happened to all of us, an example is, step into a cold shower when you think it is warm, you gasp and say something. This involuntary gasp or reflexive sucking in of air is this “diving reflex”. Your body, through this automatic, bellow-like action of your lungs, is trying to expand oxygen intake rapidly. This “diving reflex”, is the bodies way of conserving what little oxygen remains in the blood so that it gets transported to the brain. Many “good” swimmers become “non-swimmers” because water is often sucked into the respiratory track when they get “dumped” into cold water suddenly, creating a “drowning” situation.

While we know little of the human diving reflex, scientists know that diving mammals like whales and seals depend on a similar mechanism to survive long periods submerged.

By itself, the “mammalian diving reflex” won’t protect the victim. Survival also depends on the following:

How long the victim is under water
How cold the water is
The age of the victim
AND how well the rescuers do their jobs.

What to do in a cold water emergency

What do you do if someone falls through the ice?

• Call 911 immediately. Make sure properly trained and equipped rescue personnel are alerted to respond.

• DO NOT go out onto the ice. Many would-be rescuers have become victims themselves.

• Reach, throw or row. Extend a branch, pole or ladder to the victim. Throw them a buoyant object such as a life ring or float tied to a rope. If a boat is nearby, row out to the victim or push it towards them.

Call for help.

Again DO NOT PLACE YOURSELF IN HARMS WAY TO SAVE A VICTIM. Let the professionals with the training and equipment do the rescuing. Remember, “More would-be rescuers die each year than actual victims”.
Clear the air passages. If the victim is not breathing, begin mouth to mouth rescue breathing. If the victim does not have a pulse, begin CPR. Do not worry about getting the water out of the victims lungs, the body will absorb it quickly.
Prevent the victim from losing more body heat, but do not rewarm the victim. Improper rewarming might cause further harm to the victim.
Get the victim to the nearest medical facility quickly.
Do not give up. Cold water victims look dead. Their skin is blue and cold to the touch. There may not be a detectable heart beat or breathing. The eyes are fixed and dilated and there is no other sign of life. However, if the water is cold, there is still a good chance of survival. People have been under cold water for long periods of time and have made complete recoveries.
Children and young people are the most frequent victims involved in cold water emergencies. They are however, the best candidates for resuscitation since their “mammalian diving reflex” is more pronounced. The colder the water and the younger the victim, the better chance they have of survival.

If you have any question please call your local fire department for more information.

Thank you,

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With the weather changing be sure to have your furnace serviced and chimneys checked before burning. 99% of chimney fires start due to lack of maintenance. Also remember to change the batteries in your smoke detector when you move your clocks back this fall.

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One more honor for the day. It was a great time getting to spend it at the night to shine event at First Christian Church. So many wonderful people having such a great time. Can’t wait to go back next year. ... See MoreSee Less

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It was an honor to one again participate in the Junior Achievers program and get to host a group of 5 very passionate young men and women. We were excited to show you what you can do in public safety and how much fun you can have. Thanks for visiting Matt, Gavin C, Kinsey, Gavin D, and Kelsey. ... See MoreSee Less

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Wing challenge completion coming up will they finish. Trudy Day ... See MoreSee Less

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Newburgh Volunteer Fire Department was live. ... See MoreSee Less

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It’s springtime in Southern Indiana!  With the exception of this last week, temperatures are heating up and the weather has been great.  After our long cold winter it’s only natural for us to want to get outdoors and fire up the grill and start our spring cleaning!  However, it is also this time of year that your fire department responds to several fire related incidents involving grills, bonfires, and out-of-control brush and grass fires.

Remember, keep your grill away from your house and from underneath any awnings or canopies.  Don’t dispose of your hot coals or ash into a paper or plastic container and never set your hot grill or used coals on a wooden surface.  If you’re in an apartment, NEVER grill on a wooden balcony and always follow your apartment’s rules for grilling.

If you’re burning leaves or having a bonfire, make sure you follow the ordinances of the Town of Newburgh, Warrick County, or the State of Indiana as they apply to you.  Never leave the fire unattended.  DO NOT burn when it is windy or even lightly breezy.

Also, May is National Electrical Safety Month.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) promotes electrical safety across North America by facilitating public education throughout the year and observing National Electrical Safety Month (NESM) each May.

Facts & Figures

  • Roughly half (48%) of home electrical failure fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment in 2007-2011.
  • In 2007-2011, 46% of electrical failure home fires involved other known type of equipment. The leading other known type of equipment involved in home electrical failure fires are washer or dryer, fans, and portable or stationary space heater.
  • U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 22,410 reported home structure fires involving electrical distribution or lighting equipment in 2007-2011. These fires resulted in 325 civilian fire deaths, 950 civilian fire injuries, and $817 million in direct property damage.
  • Some type of electrical failure or malfunction was cited as factor contributing to ignition for 74% of electrical distribution or lighting equipment home structure fires.

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