Welcome to Hogansburg Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department (HAVFD) Website
Special May 27, 2013 Raffle
Note from Chief Derek Comins
On Saturday February 16, 2013 the
Hogansburg Akwesasne VFD hosted an electric vehicle safety
course sponsored by Franklin County Emergency Services; over 35
responders from fire departments across Franklin County took
part in the training. The responders learned proper extrication,
firefighting and rescue techniques involved with hybrid and
The Hogansburg Akwesasne VFD would like to
thank Scott Coupal and the Frenchie’s family, after a last
minute call Scott provided the class with a brand new Chevy Volt
to use as a visual aid.
Frenchie’s has been a great friend to the
HAVFD in recent years and we look forward to working with them
in the future.
Hogansburg Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department
818 State Route 37
Hogansburg, New York 13655
The new HAVFD Engine 92 at Station #2
here to view pictures of the new HAVFD Engine 92 -
Marine 1 out on August 25, 2012
Photo courtesy of Sheila Oakes
Fire Safety articles for this Season
To Prevent Wildfires, Avoid Open Burning
Due to retreating snows and the onset of warm, dry weather, people
should avoid burning brush and other debris during early spring
conditions. Every spring, firefighters respond to hundreds of
wildfires caused by open burning. In fact, brush and debris burning is
the second most common preventable cause of wildfires. A lack of green
vegetation, lots of dead vegetation, warm temperatures, sun and winds
all allow wildfires to start easily and spread quickly. However, they
could be prevented with safe alternatives like chipping, composting or
simply waiting for the growth of new green vegetation later in the
barrels are a fire hazard and pollute the air as well
Practice Safe Outdoor Burning
When conditions are more favorable for burning brush and debris, never
leave a fire unattended, and always make sure a fire is completely
out! To ensure that a fire is extinguished: 1) Drown the fire with
water, making sure that all materials, embers and coals are saturated,
and 2) Stir the remains of the fire, add more water and stir again.
· Never burn garbage.
Burn only woody material such as leaves, grass and light brush.
Check and obey all local laws and ordinances.
Obtain an open burning permit where required.
Avoid burning on windy days or when wind is expected.
Burn early in the morning when humidity is high and winds are low.
Clear all flammable material for a distance of 10 to 15 feet around
the material to be burned.
Keep piles for burning small, adding small amounts of material as
Always have a garden hose, shovel, water
bucket or other means for extinguishing a fire nearby.
Wildfire prevention is everyone's responsibility. Do your part to keep
New York State safe from wildfires.
Flood — A Homeowner’s Checklist
After a flood, it’s important to restore your home to good order as
soon as possible to protect your health and prevent further damage
to your house and belongings. Whether you do the work yourself or
hire a contractor, this handy checklist will help you organize the
Immediate action is important. Your house and furnishings are less
likely to grow mold if they are dried within 48 hours.
Before You Begin
your own safety first. Avoid electrical shock. Wear rubber
boots. Keep extension cords out of the water. Shut the power off
to the flooded area at the breaker box. Ask your electrical
utility for help if needed.
Record details of
damage, with photos or video if possible. Contact your insurance
agent immediately and register with your municipality—your
municipality may have resources you need, such as future
Set up a
step-by-step action plan to:
water, mud and other debris
contaminated household goods
contamination inside the home
clean and dry
out your house and salvageable possessions.
Be prepared to make
difficult decisions about what to keep and what to throw out.
Household items that have been contaminated by sewage, or that
have been wet for a long time, will have to be bagged, tagged
and discarded according to local regulations.
(N95 respirators) and other protective gear
squeegees and plastic garbage bags
containers for wet bedding and clothing, and lines to hang
them to dry
you may also
need to rent extension cords, submersible pumps, wet/dry
shop vacuums, and dehumidifiers or heaters.
papers that have been damaged in a freezer until you have time
to work on them.
water with pumps or pails, then with a wet/dry shop vacuum.
Remove all soaked
and dirty materials and debris, including wet insulation and
drywall, residual mud and soil, furniture, appliances, clothing
Hose down any dirt
sticking to walls and furnishings, then rinse several times,
removing the remaining water with a wet/dry shop vacuum. Rinse,
then clean all floors as quickly as possible. Flooring that has
been deeply penetrated by flood water or sewage should be
Work from the top
down. Break out all ceilings and walls that have been soaked or
that have absorbed water. Remove materials at least 500 mm (20
in.) above the high-water line. Removing only the lower part of
the wall applies if action is taken immediately after the flood
or wetting event. Gypsum board walls that have been exposed to
high humidity or standing water for a prolonged period of time
should be removed in their entirety and discarded. Ceiling tiles
and panelling should be treated like drywall.
Wash and wipe/scrub
down all affected or flooded surfaces with unscented detergent
and water. Rinse. Repeat the process as needed. Concrete
surfaces can be cleaned with a solution of TSP (tri-sodium
phosphate) in water (one half cup TSP to one gallon of warm
water).When using TSP, which is highly corrosive, wear gloves
and eye protection.
Bleach is NOT recommended
The presence of organic (humic) materials, the pH
(acidity/alkalinity) of the water, the surface material and contact
time affect the effectiveness of bleach for disinfection. Since
these factors are not generally controlled, bleach cannot be relied
upon for disinfection.The most compelling reason for advising
against bleach is that fumes are harmful but in addition, overuse of
bleach will result in increased releases of chlorinated effluents
which can be harmful to the environment.
Surfaces that are
dry and/or have not been directly affected by the flood water
should be vacuumed with a HEPA vacuum cleaner. Further cleaning
of concrete surfaces can be done with TSP. Washable surfaces can
be washed with unscented detergent and water. Surface mold on
wood can be removed with a vacuum-sander. Do not sand without
simultaneous vacuuming.Wood that looks moldy after sanding may
need to be replaced.
After cleaning the
surfaces, ventilate or dehumidify the house until it is
completely dry. Rapid drying is important to prevent mold
growth. When the outside weather permits (low humidity and
moderate temperature), open doors and windows and hasten the
drying process with fans. If the outside weather is not suitable
and you notice that drying is not happening fast, use
dehumidifying equipment, renting extra units as necessary.
To determine if the outdoor air can help dry the air inside, place a
hygrometer in the area to be dried. Let it stabilize then open a
window and monitor the Relative Humidity (RH). If it goes down then
it means the air is dry enough to assist the drying process. If the
RH increases, close the window.
Carpets must be
dried within two days. Sewage-soaked carpets must be discarded.
Homeowners can't effectively dry large areas of soaked carpets
themselves. Qualified professionals are required.
Ensure that all
interior cavities and structural members are completely dry
(which could take weeks) before closing cavities.
to Keep or Discard
Discard and replace
all insulation materials, and all less-expensive articles that
have been soaked, including particleboard furniture, mattresses,
box springs, stuffed toys, pillows, paper and books.
papers. Ask a lawyer whether you should save the papers
themselves or just the information on them.
The frames of good
quality wood furniture can sometimes be salvaged, but must be
cleaned and dried by ventilation away from direct sunlight or
heat. Consult a furniture restoration specialist. Coverings,
paddings and cushions must be discarded and replaced.
Scrape heavy dirt
from washable clothes, rinse and wash several times with
detergent and dry quickly.
Before Moving Back In
Do not use flooded
appliances, electrical outlets, switch boxes or fuse/breaker
panels until they have been checked by your local utility.
If they have been
soaked, consult an HVAC (Heating,Ventilation and Air
Conditioning) contractor to replace the furnace blower motor,
switches and controls, insulation and filters. Inspect all
flooded forced air heating ducts and return-duct pans and have
them cleaned out or replaced. Seek advice from your local
utility about a water heater that has been wet. Refrigerators
and freezers may need to be replaced.
Flush floor drains
and sump pits with detergent and water and scrub them to remove
greasy dirt and grime. Clean footing drains outside the
foundation if necessary.
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