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Fire forces evacuation from a duplex in Bozeman

Mar 19, 2014 (13:17:00)
BOZEMAN, Mont. - Condo residents were evacuated on the south side of Bozeman on Tuesday evening after a mattress apparently caught fire from a furnace Read More...
Bozeman firefighters return from 23rd Annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb

Mar 12, 2014 (19:16:00)
      Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/Chronicle  -Bozeman firefighters Josh Charles, from left, Jim Dyk and Dave Hartman returned recently from the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle, where they climbed 69 stories, and helped raise more than $15,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Read More...
Pipes are freezing and so are we?!

Feb 06, 2014 (10:32:00)
With temps. well below -25 and highs in the sub zero range pipes are freezing but can you blame them? so are we! Here are some tips from State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan of Acton Mass. But please first and foremost IF you are NOT comfortable with dealing with frozen pipes and the dangers that DO exist by trying to de thaw them call a licensed plumber you trust in your area. Many fires occur from people working on plumbing that has frozen with open flames in hopes to get their water running again, so call for help if needed. As temps begin to rise you may also experience other problems as those once frozen pipes are no longer frozen and start to run water freely the cracks and breaks caused may show their ugly face so know where your ater shut of is, and how to use it! Here's the story and link from Marshall Coan. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children. ·Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst. ·If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF. To Thaw Frozen Pipes If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Locate the suspected frozen area of the water pipe. Likely places include pipes running against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. ·Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt more ice in the pipe. ·Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, or wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device. A blowtorch can make water in a frozen pipe boil and cause the pipe to explode. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide. ·Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber ·Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too. ·Be careful using space heaters to warm up areas near pipes. Don't overload circuits. Try not to use extension cords but if you must, make sure they are rated for the appliance. Heat producing appliances need stronger extension cords than lamps. ·Remember not to leave the door of a gas oven open; it will produce large amounts of carbon monoxide. ·Be sure there are working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of the home - Story by and see more at: http://www.wickedlocal.com/x1903523137/Fire-officials-Thaw-frozen-pipes-safely/?tag=2#sthash.L2vnIatc.dpuf
A simple "like" donates $1 for our firefighter stairclimb team!

Jan 30, 2014 (17:57:00)

Thanks again to locally owned Buffalo Restoration Inc. for pledging to donate $1 for every new "Like" thier FB page gets this week! Thats right, "like" them on FB and they will give our Scott Fire Fighter stairclimb team $1 donation towards our efforts to beat Leukemia and Lymphoma! This is our teams 4th year climbing and we have a goal of 15k by March, please help us and Like this great community company as they give back to those in need!! CLICK THIS LINK to "Like" them! you can also follow our climb team on FB!

Donate $1 per like here: https://www.facebook.com/buffalorestoration

Follow our climb team here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bozeman-Fire-L-613-Seattle-Stair-Climb-Team-Fight-Leukemia/170247893174760?ref=hl


Bozeman firefighters warn residents of scam

Jan 17, 2014 (10:39:00)

Bozeman firefighters are warning residents of a group soliciting donations in Montana. A letter sent to a Great Falls resident from the Firefighters Support Foundation sounded alarms for state firefighter associations. Joel Fassfinder, a Bozeman firefighter and the president of the Montana State Council of Professional Firefighters, said local fire departments do not endorse the organization. The letter states the recipients have already made a pledge to the foundation and asks them to send additional money. The Montana State Fire Chiefs Association, the Montana State Council of Professional Firefighters, the Montana State Fireman's Association and the Montana State Volunteer Firefighters Association do not support the foundation and want people to be aware. ?None of the firefighters in the state solicit dollars like that,? Fassfinder said. While Fassfinder wasn't aware of any letters like this popping up in Bozeman, he hopes people are careful with their donations. ?We wanted to be on the front end of this,? Fassfinder said. Written by Chronicle Staff more here http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/briefs/article_d82dfef0-78bb-11e3-beac-0019bb2963f4.html?fb_action_ids=461973913925229&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_ref=.Us3koLDOGJo.like&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

Following story by Jamie Leary w/ KBZK


Scams common under the Big Sky, latest to target firefighters Scams are so common these days, it's likely you or someone you know have been impacted. KBZK's Jamie Leary shows us what scams are most common and looks at the most recent scam to surface in the Treasure State. It looks real, but it's not. A fake letter that asks you pledge money and send it through an envelope provided. Spreading the word about scams is one of the only ways to help stop them. Scammers are unfortunately rarely caught. Fire Fighters have recently teamed up to help stop the most recent scam. Firefighting associations across the state are spreading the word that a letter from the Firefighters Support Foundation is a scam. "We would never raise money for ourselves," said Joel Fassbinder of the Montana State Council of Professional Firefighters. "We were notified about a week ago one of our members received a letter from this organization soliciting money. I believe it's called the firefighters support foundation." The Council of Professional Firefighters is trying to stop the scam before it escalates, but investigators say there are more scams to be wary of. "The biggest thing probably still to date is probably going to be Craigslist and its where anything as innocuous as a job, a room for rent, anything for sale," said Detective Robert Vanuka with the Bozeman Police Department. "And technology is making scams more difficult to spot, like a fake money order for example," He adds. "Catching the actual scammer is impossible. They are so spread out across the globe it is unbelievable." And these scams happen all the time. Even to reporters: "So just a few minutes ago I received an email from a company claiming to be Wells fargo, except right here they said ?Well Fargo... verify your account.' KBZK's Jamie Leary says, pointing to a computer monitor. "'Dear customer, your account has been accessed from an unauthorized location. the first red flag they spelled unauthorized wrong. They go on to say, 'your account need verification. So right there I just picked out 3 red flags that this is definitely a scam, so I'm not going to respond to that." Experts say the best solution is to be wary. "Never give out your personal information especially over the telephone," says Vanuka. "If it's too good to be true it probably is." So even though you might not be able to get your money back, reporting the scam can help stop it. Here's information on the most common scams and tips for how to identify them. http://mscopff.org/mobile/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=372599 Consumer Frauds & Scams - US Govt http://www.usa.gov/topics/consumer/scams-fraud.shtml Consumer.gov http://www.consumer.gov/section/scams-and-identity-theft http://www.fraud.org/ (a LOT of links on this site to other resources) Federal Trade Commission http://www.onguardonline.gov/

Holiday decorating-related injuries up for the fourth year

Dec 10, 2013 (14:45:00)
The number of holiday injuries has increased for the fourth year in a row, according to a new government report. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said there was about 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating between Nov. and Dec. 2012. "There are about 250 injuries a day during the holiday season Read More...
Bozeman brothers prepping to CLIMB~CONQUER~CURE Leukemia in 2014

Dec 30, 2013 (16:43:00)


Please help the team meet their goal, Donate here!

This is Bozeman fire fighters 4th consecutive year participating in the Scott Fire Fighter Stair Climb for Leukemia and Lymphoma and they need YOUR HELP!  In 2013 the team of 4 raised just shourt of $6,000 for Leukemia, now for the 2014 event they have grown to a team of 13 dedicated brothers and team Capt. Engineer Charles has set the total goal for $15,000.00!! "it's a high target, but reachable.  This is a great competitive climb" says Charles a fourth year climber "but before anything its a fundraiser for Leukemia/Lymphona Society, we climb for those who can't, each step is for them".

The team of 13 ranges in age from 23-38 and first year climbers to 4th year climbers, but all have one common goal; the top of the Columbia Center in Seattle Washington.  The top may not be as big as a Bozeman Mountain range but much higher than any Montana building. Standing as the tallest building West of the Mississippi they will climb 1,311 steps; 69 floors; while wearing firefighter combat gear and air, in total weighing over 60+lbs.

 The  teams trip is fully self funded, everything from days off, fuel, hotels, registration and food is payed for by each climber.  "We do it because its the right thing to do, helping others whether on duty or not, we love it" says one climber. The City of Bozeman fully supports their climbers by allowing them use of their issued PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). 

In past years the team has climb for a L613 brother fire fighters son battleing Leukemia, a chiefs son battleing Neuroblastoma and other Bozeman kids who were in Seattle during the 2013 climb battleing various serious cancers.  "it was a true honor to climb for those kids" Says Charles "the Bozeman 3" as they've been named were energizing and humbling at the same time" he continued. The team spent the afternoon with them at the childrens hospital while in Seattle for the climb. "We would do it (the climb) over and over and over just to keep them smiling". Montana has been very well represented for many years with Missoula fire fighters finishing first in time the past few years.


Please help the team meet their goal, Donate here! EVERYTHING HELPS!



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