Featured News: New Fire Station
Have you had a chance to drive by our new station that is nearing the end of its construction? The new station is on the North-East corner of HWY 34 and WCR 53. It is currently scheduled to be completed and operational around the first of the year. An open house will be set up for the public shortly after that.
Welcome to the new home of the Platte Valley Fire Protection District!
The Platte Valley Fire Protection District (PVFPD) was officially established in 1954 to serve the Town of Kersey, community of Gill, and the surrounding unincorporated areas in Weld County, Colorado to provide the citizens of our district with professional emergency services responding to fire, EMS, and rescue incidents as well as citizen assists, community events, fire prevention training, and more. Platte Valley Fire Protection District is considered a special district in the State of Colorado and is governed by a board of publicly elected Directors who reside within the District.
We welcome you to browse around and learn more about our District. Inside you will find a wealth of information for yourself, your neighbors, and your children. Please feel free to call or email us at anytime with questions you may have, or stop by the station for a visit.
|We would like to congratulate Michael Quinones with recently being accepted as a Firefighter with the Austin Fire Department!! We wish you the best of luck and would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication to the district!|
Holiday Safety tips for this season!
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it seems that there’s never enough time to get everything done. It’s important, though, to make sure that safety doesn’t get left off the list: during the holiday season, fires cause more than $18 million in property damage and holiday decorating injuries send more than 13,000 to the emergency room. Help keep your family safe this season with these quick, simple steps.
1. Water your tree!
- Dry trees pose a fire risk – make a fresh cut on the base before putting your tree into a sturdy stand, and water frequently.
2. Check your lights, check them twice.
- Inspect all of your electric lights and decorations for damage or wear. Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections may pose a fire or shock hazard.
3. Plan your fire escape.
- Use the holidays as a good time to practice a fire escape plan with your loved ones. Identify at least two exits from every room in the house.
4. Sleep safe: Install carbon monoxide alarms.
- Be sure that at least one carbon monoxide alarm is installed on each floor of your home, and always close to sleeping areas.
5. Be flame aware.
- Always blow out unattended candles and teach your children to stay away from lit candles or fireplaces.
6. Give wrapping paper a second life.
- Don’t burn used wrapping paper as it may cause intense flash fires. And throwing it out adds waste. Consider recycling or repurposing it instead.
7. Check extension cords.
- Do not connect more than three miniature light strings together. Also, be sure to check the rating on your extension cords and do not plug in more than the recommended wattage.
8. Steer your tree clear.
- Your tree should be positioned at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. It should also not block any doorways or exits.
9. Decorate with a safe eye.
- Cords should not be run under carpets or tacked-up with metal nails or staples. Small decorations can be choking hazards so keep them out of the reach of toddlers.
10. Look for UL.
- The UL mark on a product means that samples of that product have been tested to the highest safety standards. Make sure to look for it to help keep your holidays safe and bright.
Have you tested your smoke detector this month? It is recommended that you test your smoke detector every month. As for changing the batteries, try to incorporate it in with one of your other activities, such as when you change your clock for daylight savings! Properly maintained smoke detectors can be one of the best forms of notification of a deadly fire and they are one of the cheapest! If you have any other questions make sure to consult the manufacturers recommendations!