South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department

GRILL SAFETY

MANY RENTAL PROPERTIES PROHIBIT GRILLS ON THE DECK

The Dangers of a Grill on the Deck

Outdoor grilling on a deck is a favorite pastime for many families and neighborhood gatherings, but it poses potential hazards. Decks aren't always well suited for grills and don't offer the protection and safety that other areas of a yard do. Storing a grill on your deck might be an acceptable option, but igniting it and using it on the deck could put you and others at risk.

Fire Danger

Using a grill on a wooden deck can lead to unwanted fires. Sparks might ignite wood decking boards or railings. Windy conditions can increase the danger from stray sparks. If you grill on a wooden deck, have a fire extinguisher handy and keep your eyes on the grill and surrounding deck area at all times.ck might be an acceptable option, but igniting it and using it on the deck could put you and others at risk.

Grill Pads

Charcoal grills and smokers pose an extra risk on decks because embers tend to fall out of ash pans and drop onto the wood decking below, often unnoticed. Hot chimney starters can be absentmindedly set down on a wood surface, or an errant hot coal might pop out when the starter is put away. One simple solution to these potential hazards is to set the grill on a fire-resistant grill mat. They're available in a range of sizes; the larger the mat, the more protection you get. Of course, an ember can always roll or blow off of the mat, and the mat materials typically aren't completely fireproof, but mats put add an effective line of protection where you need it most, and they protect the decking from grease and food stains.

MEET EMILY ONE AND TWO

EMILY is an Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, basally a floatation device on steroids. She is remote controlled weighs 25 pounds and can be launched from anywhere. She has the ability to hold four full grown swimmers afloat once she arrives on scene. She travels at bursts of 25mph so it doesn’t take long for her to get there. WE NOW HAVE ONE AT EACH  OF OUR FIRE STATIONS LOCATED EACH AT END OF THE CAPE.

After a near drowning we decided we need to have the best equipment we could find to help when help is needed. So with the generosity of our community we purchased EMILY 1&2.

New Fire Trucks

In the past couple of years, we have received delivery of 4 new vehicles.
A Ford F-150 Beach Rescue Vehicle #596 and a Ford F-250 support truck #594.  Truck #596 paid for out of our generous donations and butt roasts.  It has been used extensively for transport from the beach to the ambulance, and as a quick response and basic life support vehicle.
We also received our new E-One 50' Teleboom aerial pumper #591.  This is permanently positioned at Station#2 and is availble for use 24/7.
Finally, we have just received delivery of the new Ford F-450 Brush Truck #597.  The chassis was paid for out of donations received and the build was paid for from part of a State Grant received by the Fire Control District. 

Click here for pictures of these new trucks.

A Really Big Thank You

Major grants and donations have been received from the T Douglas Hale Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation and The Miller Charitable Foundation Inc. as well as other amounts received from local businesses, organizations and individuals.

Safety Blog

Construction on the Cape Complete

Road work complete but speed limits have been reduced to 45MPH and in some areas 35MPH

Please drive safe 

GOLF CARTS ARE PROHIBIBITED ON CAPE SAN BLAS ROAD OR ON THE  BIKE PATH