Thursday, May 26, 2016

Campfire Safety Tips

Around a holiday weekend, many people are looking forward to heading to their favorite camping spot or to a cabin somewhere. A favorite pastime during these trips is starting a campfire, roasting some marshmallows, cooking a hot dog and enjoying the company. Campfires are not without their dangers and we must also take a minute to think safety. Here are some tips from your Bellevue Fire Department on enjoying your campfire safely:
  1. If there is not an existing fire pit, and pits are allowed, look for a site that is at least fifteen feet away from tent walls, shrubs, trees or other flammable objects. Also beware of low-hanging branches overhead.
  2.  Use dry twigs and small sticks to build the fire. Once the fire begins to build up add larger wood as needed. Never use an accelerant, such as gasoline, to start the fire. This is dangerous and can lead to injuries and/or fires outside your intended area.
  3. Keep the fire small. Small fires can provide plenty of heat for cooking and keeping you warm. A large fire can quickly get out of control.
  4. Never leave a campfire unattended. Even a small breeze can blow hot debris outside of the fire pit and can quickly spread out of control.
  5. Keep a “circle of safety” around the campfire. This area should be about 4 feet around the campfire and children should not be allowed inside the “circle of safety”. Take a minute to explain to the children that fire is dangerous and the campfire area is not a playground.
  6. Make sure to always have water and a shovel handy in case you need to quickly extinguish the fire.
  7. When it is time to end the campfire fun make sure to apply enough water so that the entire pit and its contents are cool. Smokey Bear says “If it is too hot to touch it is too hot to leave”.
  8. ENJOY!
For more information on campfire safety please see the Smokey Bear's Campfire Safety Guide below and the Campfire Safety website. Thank you and make it a safe day! Remember, “Only you can prevent forest fires!”

Village Recognizes Eagle Scout for Eagle Scout Project at Josten Park

Justin Pigg, Eagle Scout from Troop 1173, was honored at the May 27, 2016 board meeting for his exemplary work on his Eagle Scout Project completed in October, 2015 at Josten Park.  Justin put in over 60 hours of pre-project construction work, which included planning, meeting with Village staff, paperwork and solicitation and coordination of resources.  Total volunteer hours, including project planning and presentation, was over 130 hours.  Approximately 13-15 volunteers consisting of troop members, family members, a Village staff supervisor and Village staff volunteers worked for 6 hours on a cold, wet, rainy Saturday in October at Josten Park.

The cost of the project was about $300, which included food for the volunteers and all supplies.  Plants and rocks were donated by community members, and the tarp was purchased through monies Justin had fund raised for during the past 4 years through Boy Scout popcorn sales.  Justin worked with Doug Tenor, Parks Foreman and Village Forester for the idea for the project.  Amphibian bonds represent a significant breeding, rearing and wintering habitat for amphibians.  They also provide great educational opportunities for children and adults alike. 

The Village is very grateful for the time, effort, and money spent to add this unique amenity to Josten Park. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bellevue Sheriff's Deputies Reminder: Vehicle Theft Prevention

We are encouraging residents to lock their car doors. Our Bellevue Sheriff's Deputies have recently received multiple complaints of vehicles broken into because doors were open or valuables were in clear sight. Please remember to remove your valuables, lock your cars and report and any suspicious activity. Listed below are further tips to help protect you from a theft or stolen vehicle.

  • Lock your vehicle
  • Close your windows
  • Take your keys with you
  • Remove your garage remote
  • Remove number codes from your keys
  • Lock vent windows (in trucks)
  • Remove spare keys hidden on or in your vehicle
  • Park and lock your vehicles in a garage when possible
  • Remove any valuables including purses, wallets, cash, phone, etc. 
  • Ensure anything of value is not in plain sight
  • Lock valuables in the trunk
  • Remove detachable stereos and faceplates from your vehicle every time 

When equipment or tools must be kept in a vehicle, use a strong-walled, tamper proof box
that can be bolted down and secured with heavy duty locks. Do not assume a box is secure because it is heavy.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Fire Department Conducts Joint Training on Tactical EMS

It seems like every day we turn on the news there is yet another report on an active shooter incident somewhere in the United States. While no one wants to believe that this will happen in their jurisdiction, unfortunately, the reality is that this event could happen anywhere at any time.

Recently members from the Village of Bellevue Fire Department and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint training on tactical EMS response for this very situation. Protocols in the past have called for EMS personnel to stage away from the scene until police have confirmed that the building is clear. Clearing the building can take quite a bit of time, time that the victim/patient does not have. This is a lesson learned from the shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport where a patient sat for 33 minutes without EMS care and unfortunately did not survive. This is unacceptable and agencies are looking at how to prevent this from happening again.

One important step to preventing this is to conduct joint training like the one recently conducted. The objective of the training was to simulate exactly how EMS and Police would coordinate a successful extrication of a patient in an active shooter situation. Key items the participants trained on were different verbal commands/communications, techniques on entry into the area, areas of vulnerability, patient packaging (preparing the patient to be moved), applying tourniquets, and patient removal. This training is the first of more to come in order improve efficiency if this event were ever to occur in our community. A special thanks goes out to DEO Deputy Trevor Bilgo and DEO Deputy Matt Omdahl for leading and participating in the training with Village employees.

Outdoor Projects

As residents are getting ready to build fences, decks, and sheds there are somethings that you need to know.
  • Construction of a deck, fence, shed, or placement of a pre-fabricated shed requires a building permit from the Village Building Inspector with inspections conducted.
  • Sheds or accessory buildings must follow the setback requirements stated in the building code
  • Fence, walls hedges or shrubbery height are measured from the street grade
    • Fence height in the front and front side yard are not to exceed 3 feet
    • Fence height in rear yard and rear side yard are not to exceed 6 feet
    • Invisible fences or underground fences are not allowed within the right-of-way
  • All permits can be obtained at the Village Office located at 2828 Allouez Ave.
Questions on permits or projects can be called in as well to the building inspection department at 920-468-5225.