Centerport Fire Department Memorial Day Service

The Centerport Fire Department held their annual Memorial Day Service to remember and honor our U.S. Armed Forces for their sacrifice and service. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, an abbreviated version was held this year whole observing social distancing guidelines. Department apparatus left headquarters and first stopped at the Huntington Beach Community Association (HBCA) monument on Harrison Drive, where firefighters raised the flag with HBCA President Brian Cuccinelli, placed wreaths and Taps were played. The procession then proceeded to the Centerport Fire Department Memorial on Park Circle, where the flags were raised by Ex-Chiefs James Feeley and Paul Heglund. The ceremony was led and wreaths were placed by Chief Richard Miltner, First Assistant Chief Andrew Heglund, Second Assistant Chief Kyle McLaughlin and Ladies Auxiliary member Sandy Bucher. Taps were played by Firefighter Stan Wertheimer. The Department also recognized two Engine Company One firefighters that are currently serving in the Armed Forces. Engine 2-6-8 carried a banner honoring U.S. Navy AWS2 John Malico and U.S. Marine Cpl. Alexander Reilly for their service.
Photos by Steve Silverman

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Given the current situation of COVID-19 and social distancing, our Annual Car Show for May is canceled. We will continue with the raffle and raffle sales. The raffle will take place July 5th, More info to follow on it. Thank you for your continued support and all stay well. ...

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11 months ago

Centerport Fire Department - Eagle Truck Company

To our fellow residents:

Our department is asking you to please follow these precautions during the COVID-19 outbreak.

If you are quarantined (mandatory or self imposed) in your home due to possible or confirmed COVID-19 exposure, PLEASE notify 911 when you call and advise the dispatcher.

We also ask that you place a sign/note on your front door to alert our firefighters to take infection-prevention precautions before entering your home or business.

We need to protect our crews so that they will be able to continue to meet the emergency needs of the community. Elsewhere, there have been entire fire companies quarantined after they have responded to quarantined homes and were not alerted before entering. Those first responders are now unavailable to help anyone for at least 14 days.

In our department we cannot afford to have this happen and being VOLUNTEERS we do not want to have to take it home to our families.

Thank you for your understanding and God Bless you all....
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Do you really have to replace your smoke alarm batteries?

“Change your clock, change your batteries.”
Fire safety officials and the Energizer Bunny have been working hard to drum it into us (no pun intended) for years: whether you rent or own, when daylight saving time ends and you turn back the clocks, it’s also a good time to put new batteries in your smoke alarms.
Yep, every year, they insist, even if the old ones still have some life in them. And even if you have hardwired alarms, you want that battery back-up in case of a power failure.
Sounds like overkill, right? How often do all those alarm batteries really need changing? Why not wait until they actually die? The thought of landfilling a pile of batteries every year hurts even more than the cost of replacing them.

The thing is, this annual safety campaign isn’t just about selling batteries. Smoke alarms draw a very low amount of power — until they go off. Then, to be loud, they need a good strong supply. If your home is on fire in the middle of the night, you want those alarms to SCREAM at you. Working batteries that aren’t fresh might not have enough juice to get the job done.
It’s an easy case of better safe than sorry.
Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths happen in homes where the smoke alarms aren’t working, or that don’t have smoke alarms at all, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Your risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half when you have working smoke alarms. (Carbon monoxide is also incredibly deadly; many smoke alarms also detect CO, but confirm that yours does.) So let's change those batteries!
Here are some tips that will help with the task and keep you and your family safe.

Pry before you buy

Most smoke alarms use 9-volt alkaline batteries, but some use AA. So if this is the first time you’ve replaced yours, do open the battery compartments on your units and check before heading to the store. You wouldn’t want to waste that extra hour.

Save the rechargeables for the remote

Green points for thinking of it, but alarm manufacturers do not recommend using rechargeable batteries because they tend to lose their charge faster.

Skip the lithium batteries

Here's another idea that sounds good in theory, but isn’t. While 9-volt lithium batteries last longer than alkaline batteries, when they die, they die fast, says Consumer Reports. That means you’ll have less warning that they’ve gotten weak (your alarms should chirp if the batteries get low).

Go with a brand name

Why take the risk of using an off-brand just to save a few bucks?

There’s one way around this annual chore

There is an exception to the every-year rule. Some newer smoke alarms have a sealed lithium power supply that lasts the life of the alarm, 10 years. If your alarms have no visible battery compartment, this must be what you have. These alarms are about twice as expensive but will probably pay for themselves in batteries.

Is it time to replace the alarm itself?

The date it was manufactured should be on the back. Heat and smoke sensors get less sensitive as they age, so if it’s 10 years old, replace it.

Dispose of old batteries properly

Batteries often contain toxic metals, sometimes mercury. Some states don’t allow any type of battery to be thrown in the trash, so check your city or state’s rules.
Plus, used batteries often aren’t 100 percent dead yet. They can potentially be shorted by contact with each other or other metal objects, and then leak, overheat, or rupture. The super-safe thing to do, especially with 9-volt batteries, is to cover the contacts with masking, duct, or electrical tape.

Test your alarms monthly

Most people don’t, even though it’s incredibly easy: just push the test button. After all, things happen. You could get a dud battery, or it could get drawn down fast for some weird electrical reason. We recommend putting a monthly reminder in your home maintenance calendar. When you test, vacuum off dust too, to help prevent false alarms.
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