Halloween can actually be scary
At the Fauquier County Public Safety Committee meeting on Oct. 15, officials discussed updating fire hydrants, in-county paramedic classes, and the dangers of certain Halloween amusements. The life safety code, which was adopted in 2000, has a caveat which could allow kids and adults into dangerous environments. The caveat states that the code is only enforced by complaint or discovery.
For example, the New Baltimore Fire Station has an annual haunted house. An anonymous individual called to "complain" about the safety hazards. Since a formal complaint had been made, it was now mandatory that the fire station make specific changes at the haunted house. Although the fire house was a safe environment to begin with, they made certain structural changes, as well as adopted a formal emergency plan. The New Baltimore Fire House is an example for other temporary amusement businesses to model.
-The 711 Fauquier County fire hydrants will have their valves inspected, flow tested and color coded by the Water and Sanitation Authority.
Cheryl St. Amant quoted the process to cost $95,985. This total also includes a special type of GPS location data.
-In 4-5 weeks, Remington, New Baltimore and Catlett fire stations will be running 24 hours a day thanks to 13 new recruits, all of which will be Advanced Life Support providers.
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