Today was the Kaysville City’s Fire Station Openhouse. Jill and I went along to tour the fire station. It is in no aspect a rickety structure as it is built to withstand earthquakes — a very handy quality in a building. Fire engines can’t put out many fires if they are buried under a mountain of rubble. We took a look at the fire engines and I climbed inside of one. I’ve never had any desire to be fireman but I am glad they are around.
The Fire Department
The fire department is responsible for fire emergencies and fire safety. The department has medical technicians and paramedics who have advanced first aid or crash injury management certifications. The fire department is convinced that a smoke detector on each level of the home cuts the chance of dying in half if there is a fire. The Kaysville Fire Department will test, change batteries, and install your smoke detectors free of charge. Remember also that a number on the front of the house, where it is easily seen, could provide a quicker emergency response time.
UHP Seat Belt Convincer
The Utah Highway Patrol’s Seat Belt Convincer was in attendance though I didn’t stay to try it out. The Convincer features two separate single-occupancy carriages atop a 26-foot flatbed trailer. The steel frame carriages, which bear a resemblance to Jeeps, have drive trains that allow them to collide with each other at a speed of 5 mph. Typically, wrecks happen at 30-35 mph and if the seat belt is tugging at you this hard at 5 mph, you can then imagine how hard it would be in a crash. The new Convincer was a senior project designed and built by a group of Weber State University engineering students.
An Intermountain Life Flight helicopter landed on the road to the rear of the station and some of the children got to climb inside. I was surprised how strong the wind was from the rotors as the helicopter landed. I wasn’t standing very far away and I had difficulty holding my camera. Intermountain Life Flight began service on July 6, 1978, the 7th air medical transport program in the U.S. and has transported 52,546 patients since it began.