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The Brook Park Fire Department would like
to stress the importance of having your home’s heating system checked
annually by a qualified professional. Furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves
and their chimneys should be inspected and cleaned prior to the start of
every heating season.
Be certain that alternate sources of heating, such as portable and kerosene heaters and wood burning stoves, are used according to their instructions and with extreme caution. For any space heater, remember: SPACE HEATERS NEED SPACE – at least three feet from anything that can burn.
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
Do you know
Ohio was the first state in the US that allows you to voluntarily provide
Emergency Contact Information within the records of your Ohio Drivers
License or Ohio State ID? Why is this important to you? It’s important
because it is difficult for law enforcement to find your family members if
you are hurt and can’t tell them who to call!
• If you are injured, and unable to speak, the only info law enforcement has to find your loved ones is the address on your drivers license
• Is someone always at that address?
• Average time to unite loved ones is SIX hours
• Voluntarily providing your Emergency Contact Information means First Responders can find your loved ones in minutes, not HOURS
• It’s FREE, SECURE, and takes just a couple of minutes
Go to www.MyEmergencyContactInfo.org or www.ohiobmv.com to enter your emergency contact information.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MANUAL
Emergency Preparedness Manual
This Manual is being provided to the residents and businesses of the City of Brook Park to educate you in the event of an emergency. Please take a few moments to read and then practice the emergency preparedness information in this manual. Protecting the well being of your family and property during an emergency begins with you and your family being prepared. Together, our safety forces, combined with your cooperation in preparing for such an event, will make a major difference in saving lives, reducing injuries and protecting property.
Brook Park Fire Department General Info
When experiencing an
emergency, dial 911
For informational purposes call 216-433-1215.
The Brook Park Fire Department consists of the Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, 7 Lieutenants, Fire Inspector and 24 Fire Fighters.
There are two fire stations at the following locations:
Station 2 at 22530 Ruple Parkway Station 3 at 17401 Holland Road
The Fire Department offers excellent fire protection, as well as 24-hour emergency ambulance service; the rescue squad operation is a Paramedic Unit, staffed by State Certified Paramedics. All ambulances have the capability for voice and data transfer communications with emergency room physicians. The emergency department of Southwest General - University Hospital provides medical direction and patient care protocols. The Emergency Medical Service department of the hospital coordinates medical education for the Fire Division members. Transportation is available to Southwest General Health Center, Parma General, Fairview General and Kaiser Permanente Hospitals.
All division members are state certified firefighters. Twenty-six members of the division are certified at the level of Paramedic with the remainder certified at the Emergency Medical Technician level. The Brook Park Fire Department responds to more than 2500 emergency calls annually. Several Fire Division members are certified instructors and assist in training programs for local professional and civic groups.
The Fire Department regularly inspects all commercial buildings in the City
for fire and safety hazards which include the Ford Motor Engine facility,
and NASA's Glenn Research Center. There are two members assigned full time
to fire inspection and investigation.
In addition, Brook Park Fire Deaprtment works closely with area fire departments. Besides our mutual aid agreements, We have joined forces with nineteen area communities to form a Regional Technical Rescue Team. This highly trained team called the Southwest Emergency Response Team or S.E.R.T. consists of fire department members from all 19 communities. Specialized equipment is stored throughout the area, ready to be used when any of the technical disciplines are needed. Those disciplines are the Hazardous Materials Team, the High Angle Rope Rescue Team, the Confined Space Team, the Trench rescue Team and the Water Rescue Team. Check out S.E.R.T.’s website at www.sertohio.com
An annual fire hydrant maintenance program is conducted each Spring. This includes flushing, greasing hydrants, and their caps and stems. This program insures that the hydrants are in working order and that the water available from the hydrant is of sufficient quantity should a fire occur nearby. After the hydrants are tested, you may experience rusty water in your home for a short period of time. While this a minor inconvenience, it is necessary to test the hydrants to insure that they will operate correctly in case of a fire. For daily update information on which streets we are currently working on, follow us on Twitter.com at BrookParkFire
The Fire Department strives to serve you, our residents, to the best of their ability. If you require fire or ambulance services please call the Emergency Number 911. For all other purposes, please call 433-1215.
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Hydrant Permission & Use Forms
(Must be downloaded together)
ALUMINUM CANS FOR BURNED CHILDREN (ACBC)- Please save and drop off your aluminum cans behind your local Fire Station. The proceeds are used for fire safety education (Fire Safety Smoke House) at the schools, outings for burned children at Camp Phoenix in Bath, Ohio. Also funds are used to buy non-medical items not covered by insurance, such as special protective clothing or bicycles that help injured children exercise arms and legs.
Information for Residents
The best way to dispose of paint or other chemical products is to use them according to the label directions. If you no longer have a use for the product, consider donating it to a neighbor, church group, or another charitable organization.
Never dispose of chemicals in your home drains or storm sewers.
Keep all chemicals in their original containers, with the label intact and safely locked away from children or pets. Specific questions about chemical disposal can be directed to the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste district office at (216) 443-3749.
Smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors are required in all motels, hotels, apartments, boarding houses, dormitories, nursing homes and private dwellings of two or more families. They are also required in all single-family dwellings.
Open burning is prohibited in the City of Brook Park.
Hydrant flushing is scheduled to begin as weather permits. Neighborhoods where hydrant flushing is underway will be marked with signs posted at major intersections. Discolored water often appears for a short time after hydrants are serviced. This is not unusual and quickly returns to normal if you run your water for a few minutes.
Fireworks are illegal. They are also potentially dangerous. Leave the fireworks displays to the professionals.
Fire & Safety Prevention
SAFETY NOTES- Please remember to periodically practice E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drills in the Home). Planning and practicing escape routes could help you get out safely and quickly in case of fire. Remember these important tips: Set up a family escape plan on paper. Know two ways out of any room. Pick a family meeting place outside your house. Call 911 from a neighbor's phone. Always remember: GET OUT AND STAY OUT!! When your smoke detector alarms, get out safely and quickly, don't hide, go outside to your family meeting place, count heads to make sure everyone is out, go to your neighbor's to call 911 then stay out…do not go back into the fire.
SMOKE & CO DETECTORS- The Department has found that many of these devices have reached the end of their designed life span. If they have been manufactured more than 8 years ago, they are due for replacement. Remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors at least twice a year (when you change your clocks- change your batteries!) and test the unit once a month. Our goal is to have a working smoke detector in every residence. If you cannot truly afford one, contact your councilman or the Director of Public Safety at 433-1300. A working smoke detector can save your life by giving early warning of a fire in your home. If you are physically unable to install or service your detectors, call the Fire Department for assistance at (216) 433-1215.
SEVERE WEATHER- The City of Brook Park maintains an outdoor siren alerting system. It is designed to alert anyone outdoors of possible danger approaching. The siren may mean severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, or other natural or man-made disaster. A test is performed each Saturday at Noon on the alert system. If the sirens are activated, residents should go indoors and tune to radio, television or NOAA weather radio for details. It is suggested that all residents have a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food, a battery-powered radio, flashlights and spare batteries available in case of any emergency. If severe weather is approaching, take shelter in the center of the lowest level of the structure. Stay away from outdoor walls and windows. Please do not call 911 when you hear the sirens. The 911 service is to be used for reporting emergencies only.