Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Room temperatures can reach over 1100 degrees in less than 5 minutes: the nitty gritty facts


The proposed budget of the City of Dallas for Fiscal Year 2011-12 has been presented and is currently under review.   Among the many proposed budget cuts is a Fire Truck realignment plan which would remove the truck – YOUR Fire Truck – from historic Fire Station 11 located at 3828 Cedar Springs Road.

Why is this important?
For over 100 years, Truck 11 has faithfully served the Cedar Springs community:  A densely populated neighborhood filled with high rise buildings, multi-unit apartment complexes, shopping centers, complex streets, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, and homes.  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year Truck 11 stands ready to rapidly respond whenever called upon to assist you.  Truck 11 is staffed by a diverse mix of highly skilled personnel who have chosen to work in and serve this community by providing the high level of protection and assistance you deserve and have come to expect.  The crews of Truck 11, through years of experience and dedication, know this area:  the streets, the buildings, and you, the people.

Trucks are a vitally important part of the Fire Service, and this neighborhood is truly fortunate to host one.  Trucks carry equipment and tools that other apparatus do not:  a 100 foot ladder to access high rise buildings, fans to remove smoke from structures, a multitude of tools to find and eliminate hidden fire in walls and ceilings, extrication tools and airbags to remove injured persons from car accidents, tarps and water removal systems to limit water damage in homes and businesses, and much more.

The Fire Service responds to emergencies where minutes count.    The Fire Service responds to so much more than fires:  medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents, elevator emergencies, gas and water leaks, trapped pets...the list goes on and on.  Please review these response times and consider a few facts:

o   Fire spreads quickly – room temperatures can reach over 1100 degrees in less than 5 minutes.  A few minutes can make the difference between a small fire and your entire house or business burning.
o   In medical emergencies, seconds count.  Time lost is brain or heart lost.  Delays as little as a few minutes in situations such as heart attacks, strokes, or CPRs can result in death.
o   In major trauma, the “Golden Hour” for survival begins when injury occurs and stops when the patient reaches the OR.  You cannot afford delays in rescuers getting to you.

You are served and protected by Old Station 11 – The Big House – with a full complement of equipment:  Truck 11, Engine 11, Rescue 11, and Peak Demand Rescue 73.  These crews were placed here because of the dense population and sheer number of buildings in this vibrant community.  That has not changed; rather, this area has continued to expand and grow.  Now, more than ever, your needs demand everything that Station 11 has to offer.  Now is not the time to sacrifice your safety.Please review the proposed changes in response time to your neighborhood.  Please think of what you may be giving up…what you may be risking.  Please contact your City Council person.  Please attend a Town Hall Meeting.  Please let your voice be heard.


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