Many questions are presented to the Klein Volunteer Fire Department, here are a few answers to the most frequently asked.
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All of this equipment is tested and rated to protect an individual from burns while in a structure.
The cost of fire apparatus varies based on many factors. KVFD typically purchases semi custom apparatus meaning that the cab and chassis is off the shelf and the equipment box is custom made to carry our set of tools. An unequipped fire engine o this type ranges from $250,000 to $350,00. A ladder truck will cost in the range of $550,000 to $650,000. The typical life span for a fire engine is 10 years and for a ladder truck 15 years. This is based on the point where the cost of maintenance is greater than the payments on a new piece of apparatus.
In the past fire departments used to compete to be the first on a fire scene. At the time red was the most expensive color so by painting your fire wagon red you were implying that you were better than the rest. That became the tradition. In the late 60s and early 70s there was an increase in the number of cars running into the back of fire trucks at night. This seemed only natural since most people who are color blind, are red color blind, and could not see the fire engine on the roadway. Many fire departments changed the color of their trucks to yellow since that is the most visible color to the human eye in an attempt to decrease the number of accidents. In the end the change in color did decrease the number of accidents and some fire departments went back to the traditional red color. Klein choose not to and stuck with the yellow-green color to set us apart. Today you can see fire trucks painted all different colors.
You should have at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of your home and one additional extinguisher in the garage. Most homeowners use a 1 or 2 pound extinguisher in the home and a 2 or 5 pound extinguisher in the garage. Some Texas state agencies may require a 5 pound extinguisher on each floor if you are fostering or adopting children.
The typical home fire extinguisher available at the home center is marked with a series of numbers and letters to indicate what type and how large of a fire the extinguisher can be used on. The letters indicate the type material the extinguisher can be used on; A for combustible solids (paper, wood and trash), B for combustible liquids (gasoline, oil, acetone) and C for electrical equipment. The number before the A indicates the size of a wood panel that can be extinguished,. So a 1A rating would extinguish an 8 X 8 foot panel and a 2A rating would extinguish a 10 X 10 foot wood panel. Each whole number increase in the rating increases the panel dimensions by 2 feet. The number before the B indicates the area of the liquid spill, which is burning, that the extinguisher can extinguish. A 1B rating would extinguish a 2.5 square foot liquid fire and a 2B would extinguish a 5 square foot liquid fire. The area increases by 2.5 square foot for each whole number in crease in the rating.
You should have one smoke detector in each bedroom and one in each hallway leading to the bedroom. If you have a 3 bedroom house with one hallway you should have a minimum of 4 smoke detectors.
The Maltese cross is known around the world as a symbol of the fire service. It is often seen painted on fire trucks, on the clothing of firefighters, depicted on firefighters badges, and is quite often the chosen design of firefighter tattoos.
The Maltese cross has its origins going back to the era of the Crusades and is named after the island of Malta which came to be the home of the Knights of St. John. The Knights of St. John existed during the 11th and 12 centuries. To help identify friend from foe during the fighting, they needed a symbol that could be used to quickly and easily identify themselves. They chose the Cross of Calvary (which would later be known as the Maltese cross) as their symbol because the Crusades were battles fought for a holy cause. During these battles, the enemies of the knights commonly used fire as a weapon. It was not uncommon for a Knight to have to risk his own life to extinguish a fire or rescue a comrade. Because of their ability to fight fires, and the pride and honor they took in the care of their sick and injured, the Maltese cross evolved into a fitting symbol of the modern fire service. The cross has since come to represent the principles of charity, loyalty, gallantry, generosity to friend and foe, dexterity of service, and protection of the weak.
Because Dalmatian dogs were poor hunters they were kept in the horse barn or stable of estates. They developed a trusting relationship with the horses that were used to pull the fire wagons of the time. This relationship was fostered by the fire service. The Dalmatian, with its superior agility and endurance could run out in front of the horses and clear the streets for the approaching fire wagon. When the horses were replaced by gasoline-driven fire engines, many fire departments kept their Dalmatians. In some areas you can still see the Dalmatian standing proudly on top of the fire engine as it races to another emergency.
There is no standard for the color of helmets so it varies from department to department.
In the Klein Volunteer Fire Department the colors signify the rank and tenure of the firefighters.
The KVFD helot colors signify the following:
When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames may rage;Author unknown
Give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late
Or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling to give the best in me,
To guard my every neighbor and protect their property.
And if, according to my fate, I am to lose my life;
Please bless with your protecting hand my children and my wife.