It’s National Fire Prevention Week!

It’s National Fire Prevention Week!

The Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) and the City of Riverdale remind you to make sure you’re prepared to deal with the fire risks in your home and business.

According to a news release from the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), fire departments across the country are joining together with the organization to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012 to 2016.

“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

While NFPA and the RVFD are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location.

“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said RVFD Fire Chief, Floyd Bruns. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

 

What you can do to help

The best thing you can do is follow this simple guide on how to make a Home Fire Escape Plan. It’s simple to do, but the time you spend preparing today can save your life (or the life of a loved one) in the future.

Interested in learning more? Check out these handy fact sheets:

•   What you need to know about home fire sprinklers
•   What you need to know about smoke alarms
•   Tips for creating your home escape route

And finally, feel free to share the information below on your favorite social media network (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and be sure to tag: #RiverdaleVolunteerFireDepartment or #RVFD!

 

Riverdale firefighters welcome local heroes as they take their “Honor Flight” to Washington, DC.

Riverdale firefighters welcome local heroes as they take their “Honor Flight” to Washington, DC.

Riverdale Firefighters stand under a gigantic US flag at the entrance to the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel in Bettendorf.

Riverdale Firefighters stand under a gigantic US flag at the entrance to the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel in Bettendorf. Riverdale and Bettendorf firefighters created an archway with their ladder trucks under which the veterans and their escorts passed as they went to their pre-flight dinner on September 11, 2019.

Members of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department were on hand to welcome some of America’s greatest generation as veterans from WWII and the Korean War prepare to leave the Quad Cities on an Honor Flight to Washington, DC.

The flight, the 49th of its kind originating out of the Quad Cities, occurred on Thursday, September 12th. A pre-flight dinner was held the night before at the Isle of Capris Casino Hotel in Bettendorf. This was the 11th local flight to be sponsored by Hy-Vee.

The 113 veterans were escorted by volunteer guardians and took a one-day tour of our nation’s capital.

Scenes from the event can be found on the Quad-City Times/Bettendorf News website.

RVFD to sell used airpacs to other communities in need of back-ups.

RVFD to sell used airpacs to other communities in need of back-ups.

At the Council’s September 10th meeting, Riverdale Fire Chief, Floyd Bruns, gained City Council approval to sell retired SCBA units to some smaller communities that need back-up air units for their volunteer fire departments.

Chief Bruns explained that smaller departments in the county could not afford to replace their breathing units (like Riverdale did earlier this year) and, as a result, were running short of reliable back-up units to use. 

The Council agreed to have Chief Bruns negotiate the sale of the units and proposed that the funds from the sale would be put into the fire department’s equipment repair and replacement fund. 

Selling the units and designating where the revenues should go will require a resolution of the City Council at a later date (once terms of a sale have been established).

City Council approves bow hunting contract for winter of 2019-20 season.

City Council approves bow hunting contract for winter of 2019-20 season.

At its September 10, 2019 meeting, the City Council of Riverdale approved Resolution #2019-32, a renewal of last year’s agreement with Kingsley Wildlife Management Services to harvest deer as part of the City’s wildlife management program during the 2019-20 deer hunting season. Kingsley provided similar services last year.

The hunt is scheduled to take place this fall and winter. Deer season in Iowa starts on October 12 and runs through January 31, 2020.

According to the resolution under consideration by the City Council (which is similar to previous resolutions), each hunter must:

  • Obtain a Riverdale Hunting Permit (at $0);
  • Successfully complete an Iowa DNR bow hunter safety education course and proficiency test (taken annually);
  • Hunt in designated areas – and obtain permission from the owner of that parcel in advance;
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 100 yards from any residence, occupied building, church, city park, street and/or roadway (other than municipal property or school property);
  • Hunt during approved/designated hours and days;
  • Use proper field dressing techniques and not leave entrails;
  • Possess all licenses or permits required by the State, County or City;
  • Demonstrate compliance wit these requirements when asked;
  • Present harvested animals at the Spruce Hills Drive Fire Station (in Bettendorf) during specified hours.

Let us know if you have any thoughts on this by leaving a comment in the space below.

Are bike riders on the MRT a traffic hazard?

Are bike riders on the MRT a traffic hazard?

Over the past few weeks, we’ve received comments and requests from citizens asking the City to do something about riders on the Mississippi River Trailthe bike path that runs through Riverdale from Bellingham to just past Valley Drive.

The concern is that these bike riders rarely stop at cross streets (like Manor Drive) and could cause or be involved in a traffic accident.

Adding to the concern are the facts that Manor Drive doesn’t intersect the bike trail at a 90-degree angle, making it difficult for cars and bikers to see oncoming traffic and the hill to the east of the intersection with the Scott Community College entrance limits sight lines for motorists.

To the casual observer, both situations seem dangerous.

The City of Riverdale has already posted “Yield” signs at these intersections, but bikers don’t seem to pay attention. The question asked at a recent Council Meeting raised the question of changing those signs to “Stop” signs, but similar signs on the bike trail in Bettendorf (along Devils Glen Road) seem to have no effect.

Would changing the “Yield” signs to “Stop” signs make a difference with regard to legal liability should there be an accident? The City is currently investigating that issue, but the initial research seems to indicate it won’t make a difference.

So, what to do?

What kind of signage would make a difference? Should the City be more aggressive in notifying, educating and possibly citing bike riders who don’t follow the traffic controls?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below.

Riverdale fire fighters surpass 1,000 hours of training for 2018

Riverdale fire fighters surpass 1,000 hours of training for 2018

Congratulations to the nearly 30 volunteers in the Riverdale Fire Department. Last Monday’s training exercise pushed twenty of them past 50 hours of intense training this year and moved the balance of the department along the goal of doubling the a state-required standard of 24 hours’ training every calendar year.

According to the department’s Facebook Page, Monday night’s training was search and rescue and communication. The fire fighters we able to reach little over 12 feet by stretching as far as they could.

The firemen’s masks were covered with hoods so they couldn’t see and were forced to communicate with each other to coordinate their actions.

RFD fire fighters meet at City Hall on Monday nights at 6:30 for 2-3 hours of training every week of the year.

Check out the video and photos of our firefighters in action – albeit at floor level:

RFD fires up some “little squirts” at Hy-Vee

RFD fires up some “little squirts” at Hy-Vee

Kudos to the Riverdale Fire Department for the great job they did teaching kids and their families the essentials of fire safety at Hy-Vee last Sunday. Special thanks to all the volunteers.

Follow the Riverdale Fire Department on Facebook to keep up with everything they do!

Riverdale, McCausland and LeClaire Fire Departments use Welch house for training.

Riverdale, McCausland and LeClaire Fire Departments use Welch house for training.

Kudos to Chief Floyd Bruns, Assistant Chief Brian Ballard and the rest of the Riverdale Fire Department for maximizing the training opportunity afforded by burning down the old Welch farm house on State Street. Developer Seth Woods generously gave permission and access to the property for the training fire.

Firefighters from McCausland and LeClaire also participated in the exercise.

You can see video from the training fire as well as other pictures – and keep up on your favorite volunteer fire department – by following the RFD on Facebook.