Updates from the GFD

The Greenwich Fire Department would like to remind members of the community of some health and safety reminders:

– It only takes two inches of water for a child to drown in under 30 seconds, please make sure that children are always within reach and never leave children unattended around a pool, no matter how big or small. 74% of all child drownings happen at home.

– Also remember, avoid running on wet surfaces and diving into backyard pools, as this can lead to preventable accidents. 

– As it continues to get hotter, make sure to take precautions to prevent heat sickness. Some easy prevention tips are to modify your activities to match the heat, don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink more water, continuously drink plenty of cold fluids and avoid alcoholic drinks, and wear loose clothes that are lightweight and light in color. Some warning signs of heat sickness are muscle cramps, dilated or constricted pupils, confusion or disorientation, and headache, nausea, or vomiting.

Early this month, Stamford NAACP elected a new president, Guy Fortt, a retired Greenwich firefighter. He was Greenwich’s second Black firefighter, and he has taken on many titles after that. He has been an actor in films, and now the new NAACP president, ready to fight the “two pandemics” in front of him: the COVID-19 pandemic and the call to address social injustice. 

In the afternoon of July 12, the Greenwich Fire Department responded to a structure fire in Glenville. They were quickly able to extinguish the fire that was located in the garage, sadly though, two firefighters sustained injuries, one of which had to be taken to Greenwich Hospital. 

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