Welcome once again to Fire Side! Itís September and the Columbus Fire Department is pleased to bring you our 5th Edition of Fire Side. With the fall season quickly approaching the weather is keeping things wet! We finished August with 25 calls, putting our annual total at 297 as of August 31st. Included in the August calls were 4 water rescues, 3 Structure fires, 5 Vehicle accidents and 13 other types of emergencies.

As you traveled over Labor Day weekend you probably noticed firefighters located at many intersections throughout your journey. We are proud to announce that fire fighters across the four states took in over five hundred thousand dollars for MDA this year, thanks to the donations given by the general public! So thanks to everyone who donated and helped us fill the boot! September 12th we are hosting a retirement dinner for Driver Casey Roberts, and Firefighters Kenny Boeckman and David Groves. September 18th is the Big Mock Wreck for the Columbus High school. We are eager to get it going and see the impact it makes on students and their choices with drunk driving and other safety issues! Currently we are working on a fire life safety grant that will entitle us smoke detectors from the state to put in homes throughout our city of those whom qualify.

Although we are a fire department, we donít spend all our time fighting fire, over the past several years we have became very committed with fire prevention and keeping our community safe. With that said we would like to remind everyone about Fire Prevention week, the week of October 4th thru the 10th. This is the week that fire departments across the nation will be focusing their time and efforts in schools all across the nation. Here at Columbus we have a very large fire prevention trailer that we utilize in teaching our kids the basics of fire safety. We have fog machines that stress the point of staying low in smoke, they are vented through the trailer and appear as real smoke. We have fire alarms, smoke detectors, and a awesome DVD system that keep kids focused and singing fire safety songs for weeks. We canít forget about our awesome fire truck robot and Sparky the talking fire dog. We encourage all adults during Columbus days when our trailer is open to the public, check it out and see what goes on inside, there is no age limit to fire safety!!

As for other upcoming events, we have a jam packed schedule to look forward to. We are committed to supporting the Columbus Titans and will be set up at the home football games to sound sirens, display lights upon every touchdown, and assist EMS if requested. On October 2nd we will lead the homecoming parade downtown as we prepare for the game against Fort Scott later that night. October will also bring the Columbus Day festival which is host to the hot air balloon regatta, Columbus Day parade, and many more activities. Also if you havenít purchased your ticket to win the 2009 Kawasaki four wheeler that we will be giving away on Columbus Day, Hurry to the Fire department to purchase your chance, you never know you could take it home!

Our doors are always open and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to call us (620) 429-1592. Thanks for all your support, thanks for reading, stay safe and God Bless, We will see you in October.

Safety tip for the Month ó Check your smoke detector batteries and set up an escape plan with your kids. We want every kid this October to be able to tell us about their escape plan!