Fire Prevention and Information
Smoke Alarms: A working smoke alarm can increase your chance of survival in a fire by 50%! Change the battery in your Smoke alarms every six months during daylight savings time and test them once a month! The Scottsbluff Fire Department will have fire trucks install smoke detectors for FREE with no cost to the city! Visit our Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Program page for more information. All smoke alarms older than 10 years old must be replaced.
House Numbers: We can’t help you if we can’t find you! When you call 911, you have an emergency and need help fast. The Scottsbluff Fire Department wants you to help fire fighters find your address quickly by installing large and/or reflective house numbers on doors, doorposts, mailboxes, or other locations on your house that can be seen from the road in both directions. Make sure that the numbers are not obstructed by branches, flowers or ornaments and can be seen clearly all year round. Emergencies happen any time day or night. Police, ambulance crews, and firefighters need to get to your home quickly to help you, your family, friends or guests quickly. It is important to do your part to help them find your home. See if you can find your house number from the street after dark and make adjustments if necessary. Clearly posted house numbers can make a difference in an emergency when seconds count. Response time is critical. We will get to the emergency as soon as we can and need to have you do your part by making sure your house numbers are large enough to be visible as the fire trucks are coming down or up your street.
Knox Box®: The Scottsbluff Fire Department encourages existing occupancies in our community to utilize the Knox-Box® system to provide rapid entry after hours. New occupancies are required to install them prior to receiving a certificate of occupancy. The Knox-Box® solution is a secure rapid entry program specifically developed for fire departments. With one master key, the fire department can gain access to commercial and residential property throughout our community. Nearly 5,000 departments nationwide use Knox key boxes and vaults, Haz-Mat cabinets, key switches, and padlocks. The Scottsbluff Fire Department uses strict guidelines to control their master keys.
Property owners in the community may store entrance keys, access cards and floor plans in high-security Knox-Boxes® mounted near their buildings entrances. Each Knox-Box® purchased by the property owner is keyed to a single master key controlled by Scottsbluff Fire Department. With the Knox system, there is no cost to the fire department, no waiting for a property owner to unlock the door in the middle of the night, and no forcing the door open to gain entry. The Knox Rapid Entry System reduces response time, property damage and the liability for lost keys. Visit http://www.knoxbox.com/
For more information on any of the above items, contact: Katie Quintana, Fire Marshal: (308) 630-6227.
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