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There is a new law that will go into effect January 1,2017

The Carbon Monoxide Safety Act (Legislative Bill 34) will require that carbon monoxide (CO) alarm devices be installed in all new and existing homes and apartments. At that time, all residential dwellings state-wide, including single- and multi-family housing and apartments, must be equipped with the proper number of CO alarms.  This includes rental properties once a new tenant takes possession of the dwelling.

The effective date coincides with National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month, observed every January to raise awareness for the winter spike in CO incidents. Known as the "silent killer," CO poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in the United States - responsible for an average of 450 deaths and more than 20,000 emergency room visits each year according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.  CO poisoning is notoriously difficult to diagnose - often until it's too late. The symptoms mimic those of many other illnesses and include nausea, headaches, dizziness, weakness, chest pain and vomiting.  In more severe poisoning cases, people may experience disorientation or unconsciousness, or suffer long-term neurological disabilities, cardiorespiratory failure or death.

Under the new law, CO alarms must be located outside of each separate sleeping area, in the immediate vicinity of the bedroom. 
However, safety experts like the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend that CO alarms also be installed on each level of the home, including the basement. Local building code officials will verify compliance with the law when approving permit requests for new construction and most alterations, repairs or additions to dwellings. The NFPA also recommends replacing alarms once they reach the end of the manufacturer's suggested useful life or expiration date. The last few years have seen significant advancements in technology, extending the lifespans of CO alarms to at least seven years, and select models are tested to last 10 years. 

For building owners who already have alarms, but may not know their age or condition, this new legislation serves as a reminder to update their properties accordingly.CO sources may include, but are not limited to, heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, appliances or cooking sources using coal, wood, petroleum products or other fuels emitting CO as a by-product of combustion. Attached garages with doors, ductwork or ventilation shafts connected to a living space also are sources of CO. For more detail on Nebraska's CO alarm requirements, view Legislative Bill 34 here: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/Current/PDF/Slip/LB34.pdf

If you own your home and cannot afford smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors, assistance may be avaiable. Please visit our detector program page and submit your information. You will be contacted by a member of our department to see if we can assist you. 



The Scottsbluff Fire Department located in the Public Safety Building at 1801 Avenue B, provides fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, dive rescue, and rope rescue responses to the community. During 2013, the department responded to 174 fire-related incidents, 1,022 EMS calls, 331 injury or non-injury accidents, and 184 various other emergency and non-emergency incidents. The department uses a combined staffing approach with a Career Chief, 12 Firefighters, 3 Captains, a Fire Prevention Officer and 2 volunteer Firefighters. The career side of the department is comprised of 3 shifts, each working a 48-hour shift to provide 24/7 coverage with volunteers responding as-needed. All career Firefighters are cross trained as EMTs and provide basic life support, keeping current with all national standards.

The Scottsbluff Fire Department is an active member of the Scotts Bluff County Mutual Aid Association and provides mutual aid to many other local fire departments. An automatic aid agreement exists between Scottsbluff and Gering departments to allow for a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) to be formed at most structure fires in either city.

Members of the department also receive specialized training to become a member of any of the department's special teams. In addition to assisting the Scottsbluff Police Department Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team and the Scotts Bluff County SWAT Team, department members compose the following special teams:

HazMat Team: HazMat Technicians utilize various detection and identification monitors, protective equipment, and confinement devices for responses anywhere in the state. As a member of the state SERT team, the majority of funding for the teams equipment comes from MOU sources and therefore is not a burden to local taxpayers.

Confined Space Team: trench, silo, and other confined space rescues using specialized equipment and monitors

Rope Rescue Team: equipped and trained for responses to high-angle and low-angle rescues

Dive Rescue Team: utilizes a bus equipped with SCUBA gear, zodiac, jet ski, portable cascade system, and other specialized equipment for dive rescue responses.New team members go through an intensive training program that includes five indoor pool sessions and an open water dive. After successfully completing the water/classroom training and the written test, they are certified as Open Water Scuba Divers.

Wildland Team: Red Card certified wildland response team. Each member is trained to a minimum of Firefighter Type 2 based on the most current NWCG Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide.

 

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