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What is the burning policy in the City of Jefferson?

How can I become a Jefferson Firefighter?

How can I schedule a fire truck or firefighter at my function?

Do you offer tours of the fire stations?

Who do I call about a fire extinguisher that doesn't work?

Who do I call to recharge my fire extinguisher?

Do you offer fire extinguisher training?

When an emergency vehicle is approaching displaying emergency lights and sirens, what should I do?

Why do so many fire apparatus respond to simple incidents?

Why do I see fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through a red light or stop signs at intersections and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?

Why do fire trucks respond to motor vehicle accidents?

Why do firefighters respond to medical calls?


What is the burning policy in the City of Jefferson?

Burning of garbage is prohibited. Yard waste and brush are allowed to be burned during daylight hours and fires must be attended. You are not allowed to burn on city streets or alleys. If the county has declared a burning ban, all burning shall cease. Be aware of wind conditions and be considerate of neighbors.

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How can I become a Jefferson Firefighter?

You may contact Fire Chief Randy Love at 515/386-3112.

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How can I schedule a fire truck or firefighter at my function?

You may contact Fire Chief Randy Love at 515/386-3112.

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Do you offer tours of the fire stations?

You may contact Fire Chief Randy Love at 515/386-3112.

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Who do I call about a fire extinguisher that doesn't work?

You may contact Fire Chief Randy Love at 515/386-3112.

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Who do I call to recharge my fire extinguisher?

You may contact Chris Lansman in Grand Junction. His number is 515-738-2669. Chris is the only person in the area that provides this service.

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Do you offer fire extinguisher training?

You may contact Fire Chief Randy Love at 515/386-3112.

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When an emergency vehicle is approaching displaying emergency lights and sirens, what should I do?

By Iowa law, you shall pull to the right and stop. This allows fire apparatus adequate and clear lanes to safely and quickly continue its response.

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Why do so many fire apparatus respond to simple incidents?

Fire Department units are dispatched according to information received by the 9-1-1 operator. A structure fire requires a number of people to do all the assigned tasks. Firefighting teams are assigned certain responsibilities such as fire suppression, search and rescue, ventilation, salvage, safety, accountability, and rapid intervention teams when firefighters become trapped or injured. The Jefferson Fire Department would rather be overcautious when they respond to citizens in need of help. They are always prepared to deal with the worst that could happen. Discovering that more units are needed once they arrive is often too late. The Department has learned it is better to have too much help than not enough.

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Why do I see fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through a red light or stop signs at intersections and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?

As explained in the previous answer, sometimes several units are dispatched to the same incident. The first arriving unit can assess the situation and call off the unneeded units. They are, then, put back in service and ready for other calls.

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Why do fire trucks respond to motor vehicle accidents?

There are two reasons. First, automobile accidents present other hazards such as potential fire, ruptured fuel tanks, and/or the presence of hazardous materials. Second, firefighters are trained and have the equipment to in extricate (remove) trapped occupants from the vehicle.

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Why do firefighters respond to medical calls?

Jefferson Firefighters are also first responders. They carry medical equipment in the trucks and arrive to assist the paramedics. When they first arrive they are able to begin a patient history, take vitals and assess to transferring the care of the patient quickly to the paramedics.

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