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The Montezuma Fire District serves approximately 9.6 square miles of the unincorporated areas of Southeast Stockton, and the Stockton Metropolitan Airport. Having a mix of industrial, residential, commercial, a section of Highway 99, together with the Stockton Metro Airport and the surrounding business park,

Airport Fire and Rescue

The Stockton Metropolitan Airport serves corporate and general aviation aircraft. It can accommodate large jet transports via an 10,680-foot primary instrument runway and a 4,458-foot general aviation runway. Approximately 250 private aircraft are based at the Stockton Airport. Allegiant Air offers flights to Las Vegas almost everyday of the week.
Nov 17 2015

Christmas Tree safety

With the Holidays upon us, the San Joaquin County Fire Chiefs Association reminds all citizens to think and practice Fire Safety in your homes. The National Fire Protection Association reports that an estimated 250 home structure fires that began with Christmas trees occur annually. Christmas tree fires caused an average of 14 civilian deaths, 26 civilian injuries, and $13.8 million in direct property damage per year in 2003-2007.

Although these fires are not common, when they do occur, they are likely to be unusually serious. On average, one of every 18 reported home structure Christmas tree fires resulted in a death compared to an average of one death per 134 total reported home structure fires. Nearly two-thirds (62%) of the home Christmas tree structure fires were in December and 22% were in January. More than one-third (36%) of the fires reported on the ten days between Christmas eve and the day after New Year’s Day. The top day was Christmas Day with (6%) of the fires.

The Fire Chiefs recommend the following to help keep you and your family fire safe.

 

Picking the tree

  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

 

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1" - 2" from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

 

Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

 

After Christmas

  • Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

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Safe Surrender Site

In San Joaquin County, Fire Deparments and Hospital emergency rooms have been designated as sites where a parent my voluntarily surrender physical custody of his or her infant .(72 hours old or less) Although infrequent, any time we can save a baby from being abandoned, we may have saved a life.

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