ROCK SPRINGS – This coming Saturday, August 16, the Rock Springs Fire Department is celebrating its 110th anniversary. There will be an open house at Fire Station #3 at 145 Industrial Drive form 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be tours, demonstrations, safety information, and fun for the family. There will also be a free barbeque from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
On August 18, 1904 the Town Council of the Town of Rock Springs signed Ordinance #46 creating the Rock Springs Fire Department. The operations and makeup of the Rock Springs Fire Department has changed immensely over the past 110 years. The levels and types of services that the department currently delivers are based on local needs, national, and state trends. Over the years several changes have been made to increase the levels of service provided to the citizens of Rock Springs.
Fire departments have become an all hazards response organization trained to respond to not only fires but to emergency medical calls, hazardous materials incidents, and technical rescue emergencies.
“Our members continue to pursue additional training to meet any challenge facing our community and the region. Increased activities in fire prevention, public education, and emergency preparedness contribute to Rock Springs being prepared for emergencies regardless of their size and the ability to recover quickly from those incidents,” Rock Springs Fire Chief Lyle Armstrong said.
In 2013, the Rock Springs Fire Department responded to 2,044 emergency responses. Answering these calls were 34 personnel, working three 24 hour shifts, responding from three stations.
The goal of the Rock Springs Fire Department is to respond to any inquiry or request for help to the citizens of Rock Springs with a “can do” approach. Being prepared for that emergency response is a large part of why the department exists. Emergency response currently includes: fire suppression; wild land – urban interface fire suppression; fire investigation; emergency medical first response; hazardous materials response; vehicle extrication; non permit and permit required confined space standby and rescue; high and low angle rope rescue; and animal rescue.
The Rock Springs Fire Department is also the host agency for the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security Regional Emergency Response Team #4 (RERT 4). RERT #4 is tasked with responding to and assisting entities in Sweetwater, Lincoln, and Uinta counties with Hazmat and WMD responses. RERT #4 is the busiest of the eight Wyoming RERTs.
Armstrong said continuing to enhance our comprehensive accident and injury prevention program for the communitycontinues to be a priority. Existing components of this program include; Public Fire Education, Child Safety Seat Program, Youth Fire Setter Intervention Program, Sweetwater ASSIST Critical, Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team, Public CPR and First Aid Training, Public Fire Extinguisher Training, Annual Fire Hydrant Testing and Maintenance Program, Annual Business Fire Safety Inspection Program
The department has trained more firefighters in these specialty areas making the programs more consistently available.
The Rock Springs Fire Department also has a smoke alarm program, carbon monoxide detector, and battery replacement program. Anyone needing assistance with the installation of their smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector may call the Rock Springs Fire Department for assistance. Senior citizens and persons with special needs in the City of Rock Springs who cannot afford a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector may request one from the department. Firefighters will then schedule a time, provide, and install the smoke alarm or replace batteries as needed.
For additional information contact the Rock Springs Fire Department at 352-1475.