Brattleboro Fire Department

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Brattleboro Fire Home

Our Mission Statement

Our essential mission and number one priority as memebers of the Brattleboro Fire Department is to provide the best possible services to the citizens of Brattleboro. We will strive to effectively protect lives and property from the effects of fire and all other emergencies, and will continually look for ways to improve our services to the people we serve.

 

 


The Brattleboro Fire Department urges all residents to be safe this Fourth of July. In Vermont all fireworks (not including sparklers and other novelty smoke devices) are illegal execpt for permitted, supervised public fireworks displays. Fireworks all too often result in serious burns, hearing loss and other injuries due to mis-use. Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause 3rd degree burns.

 

Per National Fire Protection Association:

 

*In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.

 

*In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of which were injuries to extremities and 31% were head injuries.

 

*The risk of fireworks injuries was highest for people ages 15 - 24, followed by children under 10.

 

*On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day. Fireworks account for two out of five of those fires. More than any other cause of fires.

 

The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks is a group of health and safety organizations coordinated by the NFPA, that urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.

 

Stay safe this Fourth of July and enjoy the holiday. Any questions or concerns, contact the Brattleboro Fire Department at 254-4831.

 

 

 

 

Vermont Fire Academy releases 2014 CPAT applications

Vermont Fire Academy's CPAT Informational Page
Download CPAT Application Here

 

Pedestrian Safety

Over the past few years, Brattleboro has had an increase in pedestrian/vehicle accidents. In response to these incidents which have resulted in numerous serious injuries and four fatalities, the town has formed a committe dedicated to studying the problem and coming up with solutions to reduce these accidents.

The Brattleboro Fire Department would like to provide some safety tips to help.

Pedestrians: First and most importantly... Be Seen! Brattleboro is very diverse with it's pedestrian population. Runners/Joggers, commuters, parents/children, dog walkers, shoppers, etc. Providing drivers with the ability to see you is essential to preventing accidents. Reflective armbands are available. For information, call the Brattleboro Police Department.
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crosswalk Secondly: ALWAYS use the crosswalks provided. Not only is it the only safe place to cross the streets, J-walking is illegal and can result in a fine. When crossing when a walk signal is available, wait for the signal. And Never cross from in between parked vehicles. This seriously limits drivers visibility of you. When crossing, wait for vehicles to stop. Just because you have the right of way when crossing doesn't mean the vehicle is automatically going to see you. Make sure first.
Third: Use the sidewalks provided. Walking in the road is dangerous on the town's busy streets. Give drivers less to worry about and yourself less of a chance of getting hit by staying out of the road. Remember, you don't necessarily have the "right of way".
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Many people take to the streets of Brattleboro on their bicycles. For exercise, business, sport, etc. If you find yourself on the roads on a bicycle, remember that you are required to adhere to the rules of the road... the laws, that is. Follow all traffic signs/signals, don't pass between motorvehicles, and give the right of way when due. Also, as with pedestrians, remember to always wear bright clothes to improve your chances of not getting into an accident.
Drivers: Pay attention. Anything that takes your attention away from the road should wait until you are stopped. Texting, talking on the phone, it all needs to wait until you're done with your journey. Obey all traffic laws, and always be aware of the pedestrians around you.
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