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New Training Officer Sworn In

New Training Officer Sworn In

Battalion Chief of Training Jason Wells was sworn in on June 7, 2024.  Accompanying Chief Wells and family during the ceremony was Fire Chief Clayton O'Brien, Assistant Chief Mark Mullins, Battalion Chief Tom Saunders and department members, and Mayor Michael...

City of Oregon host “BOOMFEST 2024”

Please join us in celebrating on July 13, 2024, at 3000 Dustin Rd (Rear Parking Lot).  The event begins at 02:00pm and concludes at midnight.   Enjoy food trucks, live entertainment, activities and fireworks at dusk.  Please bring a lawn chair to enjoy the venue. Live...

Spring Into Summer Safety-This Saturday (5/11/24)

Safe Kids Greater Toledo and Oregon Fire Rescue are hosting Spring Into Summer Safety  this Saturday (5/11/24).  The event will be held at Oregon Fire Station #41 at 1040 S. Wynn Rd, 11am-2pm.   Come and meet Oregon Firefighters and tour the station and various...

First Ever Great Lakes Maritime Firefighting Task Force

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to host the first ever Great Lakes Maritime Firefighting Task Force full scale exercise. This successful excersise only happened because of the collaboration between multiple agencies. First, and...

Smoke Alarm Safety

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.

Smoke Alarm Facts and Stats

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  • In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).
  • The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths vs. 0.53 deaths per 100 fires).
  • In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
  • Dead batteries caused one-quarter (24%) of the smoke alarm failures.
Smoke Alarm Safety- Everything You Need to Know
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
  • Smoke alarms are not expensive and are worth the lives they can help save.
  • A  smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all. A smoke alarm only works when it is properly installed and regularly tested. Take care of your smoke alarms according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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For more information and resources on Smoke Alarms, check out our Smoke Alarm FAQs!

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Latest News

New Training Officer Sworn In

New Training Officer Sworn In

Battalion Chief of Training Jason Wells was sworn in on June 7, 2024.  Accompanying Chief Wells and family during the ceremony was Fire Chief Clayton O'Brien, Assistant Chief Mark Mullins, Battalion Chief Tom Saunders and department members, and Mayor Michael...

City of Oregon host “BOOMFEST 2024”

Please join us in celebrating on July 13, 2024, at 3000 Dustin Rd (Rear Parking Lot).  The event begins at 02:00pm and concludes at midnight.   Enjoy food trucks, live entertainment, activities and fireworks at dusk.  Please bring a lawn chair to enjoy the venue. Live...

Spring Into Summer Safety-This Saturday (5/11/24)

Safe Kids Greater Toledo and Oregon Fire Rescue are hosting Spring Into Summer Safety  this Saturday (5/11/24).  The event will be held at Oregon Fire Station #41 at 1040 S. Wynn Rd, 11am-2pm.   Come and meet Oregon Firefighters and tour the station and various...

First Ever Great Lakes Maritime Firefighting Task Force

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to host the first ever Great Lakes Maritime Firefighting Task Force full scale exercise. This successful excersise only happened because of the collaboration between multiple agencies. First, and...

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