Is Your Fire Department Equipped to Put Out The Fire?
Being equipped in a fire department in a fire protection district means two things: hardware and adequate training. Is your rural fire protection district or fire department firefighters properly trained to fight fires in special circumstances that include livestock? Do they know how to handle moving animals away from fires? The Illinois Fire Service Institute – Illinois’ firefighter training organization – created a special program for “Fires on the Farms” that covers hazardous materials and the construction materials for farm buildings.
They also created a training program for handling livestock from overturned trailers and other accidents on the roadways. The Institute saw the need for this special training since nearly 70% of all Illinois firefighters serve on volunteer departments in largely rural areas.
What can you do?
Consider an annual inspection for your fire department and learn if they have any special training the cover livestock and livestock facilities. Encourage them to get training on how to deal with livestock facilities on fire. A smoke or heat detection system is also a good idea to install.
The National Fire Protection Association has resources available too.
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