811 Ann Street
Delavan, WI 53115-1829 Emergency Dispatch Phone: 911
Business Phone: (262) 728-5646
Fax: (262) 728-3554
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The City of Delavan Fire Department was established in 1876 and has an ISO Class 3 rating.
Hazardous Material Response
Vehicle Rescue (Extrication)
Search & Rescue
OfficersNeill Flood - Chief
Timothy O'Neill - Assistant Chief
Patrick Flood - Captain
Peter Nieuwenhuis - Captain
Robert Chapman - Lieutenant
John O'Neill - Lieutenant
Gregory Strohm - Lieutenant
Paul Kuehni - Chief Engineer
Robert Ludowise - Chief Inspector
Allyn Hackett - Safety Officer
Timothy Sturtevant - Safety Officer
Fire FightersPaul Allen
Delavan Fire Department:
MISSION STATEMENTIt is the mission of the City of Delavan Fire Department to protect and preserve life and property with the means provided to us.
Our mission will be accomplished through education, training, inspections, fire suppression and mitigation of other emergency incidents. We will provide our members with the best training and equipment possible to accomplish this mission.
Through striving to fulfill this mission, we feel that we can respond responsibly and purposefully to all emergency situations.
Stay SAFE This Summer!!
Barbecue grills must never be used inside the home because, in addition to the fire hazard of indoor grilling, the grill can easily cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep barbecue grills far away from anything that can burn -- your home, cars, dry vegetation, etc. Stay with the grill when lighted, and keep children and pets well away from the area...
For more information and grilling safety tips, click here.
Pitch your tent (flame retardant is best) well away from your campfire. Build your campfire downwind, away from your tent, clearing away all dry vegetation and digging a pit surrounded by rocks. Pour water over or cover the fire with dirt before going to sleep or leaving the campsite...
For more information and camping safety tips, click here.
Summer Safety Tips
Keep barbecue grills far away from anything that can burn -- your
home, cars, dry vegetation, etc. Stay with the grill when lighted,
and keep children and pets well away from the area. When barbecuing,
protect yourself by wearing a heavy apron and an oven mitt that fits
high up over your forearm. If you get burned, run cool water over
the burn for 10 to 15 minutes.
Tip: Don't use butter or a salve on burns because these
seal in heat and can damage the tissue further.
If you receive a serious burn, with charred skin, for example, seek
medical attention promptly.
Barbecue grills must never be used inside the home because, in addition
to the fire hazard of indoor grilling, the grill can easily cause
carbon monoxide poisoning. If lightning appears while you're grilling,
seek shelter and wait for the storm to pass.
For charcoal grills, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue
grills (never use gasoline). Use a limited amount of starter fluid
before lighting the fire. If the fire is too slow, rekindle with dry
kindling and add more charcoal if necessary. Don't add liquid fuel
to re-ignite or build up a fire, as flash fires can result. Soak the
coals with water before you discard them and leave the grill away
from the house until completely cool.
For gas grills, always store the gas cylinder outside - away from
structures - and turn off the valves when not in use. Check frequently
for any leaks in connections by using a soap-and-water mix that will
show bubbles if gas escapes. When purchasing a gas grill, select one
that bears the mark of an independent testing laboratory. Follow manufacturer's
instructions and if needed, have it repaired by a trained professional.
- Gasoline Safety
Store gasoline outside the home, preferably in a locked, detached
shed, and store just enough to power your gasoline-fueled equipment.
Keep gasoline up high, inside a clearly marked container that's labeled
and approved for gasoline storage. Make sure gasoline and all flammable
liquids are well away from any heat source or flame.
Use gasoline as a motor fuel only -- never as a stain remover or for
other purposes. To transport gasoline in an automobile to and from
the filling station, place a sealed, approved container in the trunk
with the trunk lid propped open and drive directly to the fueling
site. Take a direct route back home and never store gasoline in a
Extinguish smoking materials before fueling, and take the equipment
outside well away from combustibles. Wipe up any spills immediately
and move the equipment at least 10 feet away from the fueling area
to start the engine. Before re-fueling, turn off the equipment and
let it cool completely.
Pitch your tent (flame retardant is best) well away from your campfire.
Only use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the tent or
any other closed space, as opposed to liquid-fueled heaters or lanterns.
In addition to the fire hazard posed by liquid-fueled devices, carbon
monoxide poisoning can easily result in un-vented spaces.
Build your campfire downwind, away from your tent, clearing away all
dry vegetation and digging a pit surrounded by rocks. Look for signs
that warn of potential fire hazards in national forests and campgrounds,
and always obey park service regulations. Pour water over or cover
the fire with dirt before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.
Store liquid fire starter -- NEVER use gasoline -- away from your
tent and campfire and use only dry kindling to freshen a campfire
- not liquid fuel.
By following these quick and simple steps, we can all keep summer
activities fun and fire-safe. For further information on summer fire
safety or other fire safety topics, please contact the Cary Fire Department
at 919 469-4056.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend an outdoor public display
put on by professionals. Pyrotechnic devices (better known as fireworks)
are designed to burn and explode, and are a leading cause of injuries
in the U.S. Every year, fireworks used by amateurs cause thousands
of injuries serious enough to require emergency room treatment.
Children between the ages of 10 and 14 are at greatest risk of injury
from fireworks. In 1995, more than 11,000 people suffered severe fireworks
injuries in the United States, including burns, lacerations, amputations,
The Cary Fire Department recommends that all fireworks -- including
devices considered legal be used only by trained professional pyrotechnicians.
Even sparklers, often mistaken as safe, burn as hot as 1200 degrees
Fahrenheit. Leave any area where amateurs (adults included) are using
these devices, and do not pick up or touch found fireworks.
Winter Safety Tips
This Winter Keep Fire Hydrants Clear - Dig Out From the StreetYou can help firefighters by adopting a fire hydrant. During the winter, snow should be cleared between the street and the fire hydrant.
Please make it a point to uncover your fire hydrant after each snowfall. Clear a path approximately 3 feet around the fire hydrant. This will allow firefighters enough room to attach hoses to the fire hydrant if the need should arise. Remember water is the main tool firefighters use to extinguish fires. Delays in locating and hooking up to the fire hydrant could hamper fire suppression and possibly raise the risk of injury and property damage.
PLEASE HELP US - SO WE CAN HELP YOU
The City of Delavan is encouraging residents to "Adopt-A-Hydrant" near their home to ensure it is accessible at all times.
With its cold and often stormy weather, winter presents many safety challengesboth indoors and out. Being prepared and following simple safety tips can help you stay safe and warm this season.
Keeping Your Home Safe And Warm
Follow these safety tips from CDC, the National Fire Protection Association, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to prevent injuries and deaths related to heating your home.
- Install a smoke alarm near bedrooms and on each floor of your home. Test it monthly. If it has a 9-volt battery, change the battery once a year.
- Install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm near bedrooms and on each floor of your home. If your alarm sounds, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that you press the reset button, call emergency services (911 or your local fire department), and immediately move to fresh air (either outdoors or near an open door or window). Know the symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, fatigue, dizziness, and shortness of breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, get fresh air right away and contact a doctor for proper diagnosis.
- Make sure heating equipment is installed properly. Have a trained specialist inspect and tune up your heating system each year.
- Keep portable space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that can burn, including bedding, furniture, and clothing. Never drape clothing over a space heater to dry.
- Keep children and pets away from space heaters. Never leave children in a room alone when a space heater is in use.
- If you use a kerosene heater, use only the fuel recommended by the manufacturer. Never put gasoline in a kerosene heater--it could explode. Before you refuel the heater, turn it off and let it cool down. Refuel outside only.
- When using a kerosene heater, keep a door open to the rest of the house or open a window slightly. This will reduce the chance of carbon monoxide build-up in the room.
- Have your fireplace chimney and flue inspected each year and cleaned if needed. Open the flue and use a sturdy fireplace screen when you have a fire. Burn only untreated wood; never burn paper or pine branches--pieces can float out the chimney and ignite your roof, a neighbor's roof, or nearby trees.
- If you use a wood-burning stove, have the chimney connection and flue checked each year. Make sure the stove is placed on an approved stove board to protect the floor from heat and coals.
- Never use your range or oven to heat your home, even for a short time.
Candles are one of the leading causes of house fires. The following guidelines will help keep you out of trouble if you burn candles at home.
- Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.
- Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
- Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks cause uneven burning and dripping.
- Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
- Be sure the candleholder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This will also help prevent possible heat damage to counters and table surfaces and prevent glass containers from cracking or breaking.
- Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
- Always read and follow the manufacturer's use and safety instructions carefully. Don't burn a candle longer than the manufacturer recommends.
- Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow lightweight curtains or papers into the flame where they could catch fire.
- Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don't burn too many candles in a small room or in a "tight" home where air exchange is limited.
- Don't burn a candle all the way down. Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains or ½ inch if in a container.
- Never touch a burning candle or move a votive or container candle when the wax is liquid.
- Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder. It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use.
- Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This is to make sure they don't melt one another, or create their own drafts that will cause the candles to burn improperly.
- Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It's the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering.
- Never extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass container to break.
- Be very careful if using candles during a power outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure. Never use a candle during a power outage to look for things in a closet, or when fueling equipment - such as a lantern or kerosene heater.
- Make sure a candle is completely extinguished and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
- Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers repeatedly, or the flame becomes too high. The candle isn't burning properly and the flame isn't controlled. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before re-lighting.
- Never use a candle as a night light.
Surviving A Winter Storm
To survive a snow or ice storm, follow these safety tips from Extreme Cold: A prevention guide to promote your personal health and safety, a publication of CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (see "Safety Resources" for more information about this booklet).
- Be prepared. Before cold weather hits, make sure you have a way to heat your home during a power failure. Keep a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher nearby when using alternative heating sources.
- Keep on hand extra blankets, flashlights with extra batteries, matches, a first aid kit, manual can opener, snow shovel and rock salt, and special needs items (e.g., diapers).
- Stock a few days' supply of water, required medications, and food that does not need to be refrigerated or cooked.
- Monitor the temperature of your home. Infants and persons over age 65 are especially susceptible to cold. If it's not possible to keep your home warm, stay with friends or family or in a shelter.
- Dress in several layers to maintain body heat. Covering up with blankets can also conserve heat.
Clearing Snow And Ice
Clearing snow and ice from driveways and sidewalks is hard work. To prevent injuries, follow these safety tips from the National Safety Council, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and other prevention organizations.
- Dress warmly, paying special attention to feet, hands, nose, and ears.
- Avoid shoveling snow if you are out of shape. If you have a history of heart trouble, do not shovel snow unless your doctor says it's okay.
- Do light warm-up exercises before shoveling and take frequent breaks.
- If possible, push snow in front of you. If you have to lift it, pick up small amounts and lift with your legs, not your back. Do not toss snow over your shoulder or to the side.
- Don't drink alcohol before or while shoveling snow. Never smoke while shoveling.
- Use rock salt or de-icing compounds to remove ice from steps, walkways, and sidewalks. Sand placed on walkways may also help prevent slipping.
- If you use a snow blower (also called a snow thrower), follow these safety guidelines:
- Read the owner's manual before starting your snow blower. Make sure you understand all the recommended safety steps.
- Make sure all people and pets are out of the way before you begin.
- Do not put your hand in the snow blower to remove impacted snow or debris. Turn the machine off and wait a few seconds. Then use a stick or broom handle to remove the material.
- Do not leave the snow blower unattended when it is running.
- Fill up with fuel before you start, when the engine is cool.
Driving Safely In Winter Weather
Snow, ice, and extreme cold can make driving treacherous. These safety tips from CDC, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the National Safety Council can help make winter car travel safer.
- Before winter arrives, have your car tuned up, check the level of antifreeze, make sure the battery is good, and check your tire tread or put on snow tires.
- Keep emergency gear in your car for everyday trips:
- cell phone
- jumper cables
- sand or kitty litter (for traction)
- ice scraper, snow brush, and small shovel
- warning devices (e.g., flares, reflectors)
- For long car trips, keep food, water, extra blankets, and required medication on hand.
- Avoid driving in snow or ice storms. If you must travel in bad weather, drive slowly. Let someone know what route you're taking and when you plan to arrive so they can alert authorities if you don't get there.
- If your car is parked outside, make sure the exhaust pipe and the area around it are free of snow before you start the car. Snow packed in or around the exhaust pipe can cause high levels of carbon monoxide in the car.
- Don't sit in a parked car with the engine running unless a window is open. Do not let your car run while parked in a garage.
- If your car stalls or gets stuck in snow, light two flares and place one at each end of the car, a safe distance away. Make sure snow has not blocked the exhaust pipe. Then stay in your vehicle and open a window slightly to let in fresh air. Wrap yourself in blankets and run your vehicle's heater for a few minutes every hour to keep warm.
Walking In A Winter Wonderland
Walking in icy, snowy weather can be dangerous, but these tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help make your trek safer.
- Dress in layers and wear boots with nonskid soles. Wear a bright scarf or hat or reflective gear so drivers can see you.
- Walk on sidewalks if possible. If sidewalks are covered in snow and ice and you must walk in the street, walk against the flow of traffic and as close to the curb as you can.
- Don't wear a hat or scarf that blocks your vision or makes it hard for you to hear traffic.
- When traveling with babies or small children, dress them in bright or reflective clothing. Always keep children--whether in a stroller or on foot--in front of you and as close to the curb as possible.
- Before you step off the curb, make sure oncoming cars and trucks have come to a complete stop.
The Problem: Who Is Affected?
Many injuries occur each winter as people try to keep their homes warm and get around in cold, stormy weather.
December, January, and February are the leading months for home fires and associated deaths in the United States. About one-third of the 3,250 home-fire deaths in 1998 occurred during these three months. Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home-fire deaths in the U.S. and the leading cause during December and January.
Each year, more than 700 people die of hypothermia (low body temperature) caused by extended exposure to cold temperatures both indoors and out. About half of these deaths are among persons age 65 and older; men in this age group are more likely than women to die from hypothermia. Risk factors for hypothermia include older age; alcohol abuse; homelessness; poverty; mental illness; chronic diseases such as hypothyroidism; dehydration and malnutrition; and prolonged exposure to materials that promote heat loss (e.g., water, metal).
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Each year, more than 200 Americans die from carbon monoxide poisoning. (CO is produced by fuel-burning motor vehicles, appliances, and heating systems.) In addition, several thousand individuals are treated in emergency departments for CO poisoning. The risk of CO poisoning increases during the winter, as more people run furnaces and space heaters and use fireplaces. Deaths from CO poisoning also occur when people sit in an idling vehicle with the doors and windows closed. One CDC study found that motor-vehicle-related CO poisoning exposures increase during winter months and that death rates from CO poisoning in stationary motor vehicles are highest in states with colder average winter temperatures.