Va. (Installation Management Command News Services) — Increased
fire prevention awareness is the goal of a campaign launched March 31
throughout the Installation Management Command (IMCOM).
Two firefighters battle a fire in
a construction dumpster at Fort Pickett, Va., Feb. 15. (Photo
by Staff Sgt. Tracy Hohmanl)
actions include promoting fire safety and increased inspections. The
campaign extends through national Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, and
concludes Oct. 31.
seen a disturbing increase in the number of fires," said John B.
Nerger, executive director of the IMCOM. "During the first six
months of fiscal year 2009, IMCOM garrisons experienced more than 130
fire-related incidents that resulted in one death, 14 injuries and
more than $13.6 million in property damage. All fires were
preventable. We must take aggressive action."
Safety and Fire and Emergency Services personnel will team up on the
commandwide fire safety campaign to raise awareness and provide
guidance to Soldiers and families on how to recognize, improve and
practice fire safety.
want to increase awareness of fire dangers and encourage all Soldiers,
family members, and civilian employees to practice fire safety,"
said Mario Owens, IMCOM Safety Office director. "Fires and burns
are the third leading cause of unintentional home injuries and deaths
according to the Home Safety Council. During this fire safety
campaign, Safety will team with Fire and Emergency Services in
conducting joint inspections to identify possible fire sources."
causes of fires were malfunctioning electrical devices, misuse of
space heaters and unattended cooking.
of flammables, candles and smoking materials also caused many fires,
said Rocky Cook, chief of Fire and Emergency Services for IMCOM.
"We want to increase awareness of fire dangers and
encourage all Soldiers, family members, and civilian employees
to practice fire safety."
IMCOM Safety Office Director
fires could have been prevented," Cook said. "Unattended
cooking and burning candles caused half of the fires on Army
installations in 2008. Fires have displaced families, disrupted the
mission and, tragically, taken several family members’ lives and one
active-duty Soldier’s life."
is essential to reducing fires on Army installations, Owens said.
Safety officials will target where people work and live with awareness
programs on hazard identification and elimination, safety
demonstrations, and reporting and evacuation procedures. Fire safety
information is available on the IMCOM Web page (http://www.imcom.army.mil)
under the fire prevention heading.
personnel will aggressively communicate fire-prevention information,
tips and lessons learned. Soldiers, civilians and family members need
to know how to practice fire safety and what to do when there is a
fire," Owens said.
should be trained to perform a fire safety inspection and recognize
faulty fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers, Cook said.
Fire and Emergency Services personnel will inspect and test smoke and
fire detection equipment in all facilities on IMCOM installations as
part of the fire safety campaign.
is strong emphasis on testing, preventive maintenance inspections and
ensuring installed fire detection and suppression systems are
adequate, he said.
also want people to know what to do when there is a fire. Fire and
Emergency Services will introduce fire drills and ensure you know how
to report a fire. Many people don’t know what to do when there is a
fire. The sooner a fire is reported, the sooner the firefighters can
douse the blaze," Cook said.
Prevention Week is Oct. 4-10, but Owens said fire safety must be
practiced every day.
civilians and family members are all valuable to the Army, which
compels us to continue to promote fire prevention even beyond the end
of the campaign," he said.
more information in the Fort McCoy community, call the Fort McCoy
Directorate of Emergency Services at 608-388-4077.