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CITIZENS FIRE ACADEMY

       Est. 2002         

Welcome to the information page designed with the IFDCFA Alumni in mind.

We called this page “Box 341” because this was the fire response box for the Fire Administration building, which is where all of the information about your Irving Fire Department comes from. Here we hope to be able to keep all of you more up to date on IFD events, fires, statistics, equipment, personnel, and anything else that seems interesting to report.

Significant dates:

January 20, 2004 - Irving Fire Department Public Education Station opens.

February 3 - 8, 2013 - Burn Awareness Week

February 16, 1968 - First 911 call

February 20, 2003 - The Station Night Club fire, W. Warwick RI, 100 dead.

 

From the 08/09Annual Report In fiscal year 2008 to 2009 your Irving Fire Department; had 14,969 fire/rescue responses of which there were 13,629 EMS responses all with an average response time of 4min. 42 sec. and an average number of alarms per day of 41.01. Fire loss was $8,936,320 ($6,181,200 in private residence loss) with one civilian fire death, 3 civilian fire injuries, and 70 fire fighter injuries. 9,916 fire inspections were made, 6,658 fire and life safety hazards were corrected, 1,411  plans were reviewed, 113 fire investigations were made, 1,001 educational programs were presented with 25,933 people attending, and 607 fire drills were witnessed. The largest number of fire department responses was between 1 and 2 PM, and the day of the week with the most responses was Monday. The most loss was in October of 2008 with $4,627,550.
Also in 2008 - 2009 your Irving Fire Department accomplished the following; Processed all emergency dispatch calls in less time than the National Fire Protection Association Standard of 60 seconds for 95% of all emergency calls, Maintained fire equipment and ambulance response time to less than 5 minutes, increased cardiac survival rate - higher than double the national average, replaced fire safety house, added 4 more bike medics, replaced 4 ambulances, replaced 2 engines, added Bell Team to Honor Guard.

From the State Fire Marshal’s office “Fires in Texas 2011”
(The State of Texas Fire Marshal’s Office is always at least one year behind in reporting)

In 2011 a fire occurred every 5 minutes, a residential fire occurred every 29 minutes, two fire deaths occurred in a residence every week, there was $1,971 in property loss from fires every minute, $580 in residential property loss every minute. The month with the most fires was September (11,092). Most structure fires occurred between 4 PM and 8 PM. Fireworks caused 702 fires in 2011. Of the causes that are known, Cooking is the number one residential cause state wide with 4,594, causing over $10 million in loss.  The Dallas / Ft. Worth area (Region 3) led the state with 28.4% of all structure fires reported in Texas with a total of 6,730 fires in 2011. Most fatal residential fires were from Incendiary/Suspicious. Out of the 18,212 residential fires in 2011 3,698 smoke alarms were present and operated, however, in 3,564 residential fires there were NO smoke alarms present at all. In 2011 there were 111 civilian fatalities in residential fires (down from 113 in 2010); most of them were males and  females 65 years of age and over . In 2011 there were 692 Fire Service injuries and 3 Fire Service deaths. More “Fires in Texas 2011” information can be obtained at http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/fire/fmtexfir.html#firesbook



 Applications to attend any future Citizens Fire Academy class can be found on the Irving Fire Department web site or can be requested at (972) 721-2651. The Citizens Fire Academy is open to anyone that is 18 years of age or older and a citizen of Irving or works in Irving and is free to attend. 244 people have participated in the Irving Fire Department Citizens Fire Academy as of May 2012.

FYI: Of the 308(+/-) members of your Irving Fire Department; 231 have 10 or more years of experience, of those 231; 136 have 20 or more years of experience, and of those 136; 34 have 30 or more years of experience, and of those 34; 1 has 37 years of experience. 

 A reminder to all IFD Citizens Fire Academy graduates. Please come to the ICFAAA meetings and join the association if you can. Help support your fellow graduates, your community and your Irving Fire Department.
Meeting dates and locations can be found on the ICFAAA web site, www.icfaaa.org.

ICFAAA elections were held at the April 2012 meeting. The President of the ICFAAA is Wally Banks, the VP is Ken Johnstone, the Secretary is Laura Waldrum, the Treasurer is Larry Lane, and the Historian is Anita Walters.

DON’T FORGET TO TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS EACH MONTH.

2011 Fire Prevention Week Theme

FPW 2011


2010 Fire Prevention Week Theme

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"Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week Web site, www.nfpa.org."

UP COMING EVENTS:

December 12, 2012, Health and Safety Fair, NW Park Rec Center, 2800 Cheyenne, 9am to 1 pm.