March 1, 2016 is the last day of open burning of yard waste for residents inside Jefferson City. Burning season will open again on November 1, 2016. Residents may take yard waste to compost facility at 2417 Southridge Dr. For more information on compost facility go to www.jeffersoncitymo.gov and visit the Yard Waste page. Anyone needing further information on open burning may call the Jefferson City Fire Department at 573-634-6401.
Public Education and Prevention
Division Chief Jason Turner began his career in the fire service as a junior firefighter with the Bismarck Fire Department, working under his father- Fire Chief Rodger Turner. After leaving Bismarck FD, he served with the Farmington Fire Department as a firefighter, Lieutenant, Training Officer and Asst. Chief. Jefferson City Fire Department hired Turner in July of 1997 to oversee the Prevention and Inspection Division, which included his was appointment as the Public Education Officer. Chief Turner has been an adjunct instructor for the University of Missouri Fire Rescue Training for over 20 years. He has also served as a Board Member for the Firefighters Association of Missouri and the Missouri Fire Marshal’s Association. Chief Turner currently serves as a board member for the Missouri Fire Chief Association, a member of the NFPA, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Missouri Valley Fire Chiefs.
Chief Turner enjoys spending time on his Harley Davidson in his free time. He has a son and a daughter. His son is also a firefighter.
Chief Turner continues to work the JCFD as a Division Chief of Prevention and is responsible for scheduling new business fire inspections, purchasing, and public relation events.
Facts about home heating fires
- From 2010-2012, an average of 45,200 home heating fires occurred in the United States each year and resulted in an annual average of approximately 155 deaths, 625 injuries and $351 million in property loss.
- Heating was the second leading cause of home fires following cooking.
- Home heating fires peaked in the early evening hours between 5 and 9 p.m. with the highest peak between 6 and 8 p.m. This four-hour period accounted for 30 percent of all home heating fires.
- Home heating fires peaked in January (21 percent) and declined to the lowest point during the summer months from June to August.
- Confined fires, those fires confined to chimneys, flues or fuel burners, accounted for 84 percent of home heating fires.
- Twenty-nine percent of the nonconfined home heating fires occurred because the heat source was too close to things that can burn.
Home Fire Preparedness Campaign
Smoke Alarm Installation Event Overview
Seven times a day, someone dies in a home fire in the United States. Every 40 minutes, an injury from a fire is reported. Nearly 1,000 times every day, fire departments are called to home fires. Damage from US home fires is bigger than the entire annual sales of many Fortune 500 companies. For the past 20 years, these numbers have been relatively stagnant. By mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the American Red Cross and our coalition partners will attack that stagnation. In an unprecedented, nationwide effort to combine new technology and innovation with old-fashioned neighbor-to-neighbor outreach, we will save lives, reduce injuries, and cut down on needless losses. Our goal is to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the United States by 25% within five years, and we aim to achieve that goal by carrying out the activities listed below together with our partners.
If you need a fire alarm installed sign up through American Red Cross to schedule an appointment.
Your BELONGINGS? Your HOME? Your FAMILY? Your LIFE?
Each year, U.S. fire departments respond to more than 1.2 MILLION fires.
Over 3,200 civilians died in fires in the U.S. in 2013; 83% of those occurred in homes.**
Missouri ranks 11TH HIGHEST in the U.S. for annual fire deaths.*
Home fire sprinklers do not activate due to cigar smoke or burned toast.
Only the high temperatures of an actual fire will activate them.
Unlike shown in movies or television, home fire sprinklers activate one sprinkler at a time, limiting water distribution to only the areas affected by an ongoing fire.
The cost to install in a new home averages $1.35 per sprinklered square foot – equivalent to a carpet upgrade or a whirlpool bath.
Home fire sprinklers may reduce your homeowner’s insurance premium. Most reputable insurance companies offer a discount for this safety feature.
Home fire sprinklers are eco- friendly.
They use 90% less water in effectively fighting a fire than a fire department typically does. They also reduce direct property damage by about 70%.
LEARN MORE TRUTH AT www.firesprinklerinitiative.org
National Fire Safety Council-
Firepup® Fire Prevention Program
The NFSC research team of creative educators develops fire safety materials for adults and children of all age levels. These include comprehensive 24-page graded manuals with a teacher’s guide, assorted folders, brochures, posters, wall charts, decals, stickers, and other types of materials as requested, with new materials being developed daily. The various topics covered by NFSC materials include: smoke alarms; home fire exit drills; arson; babysitting; heating safety; Stop, Drop, and Roll; friendly firefighters; holiday hazards; seat belt safety; bicycle safety; water safety; burn prevention; and more.
NFSC works with fire departments throughout the United States. The Council’s fire safety educational programs of materials and services are provided to communities exclusively through local fire departments. Nearly 150 pieces of informative materials and programs, created by an in-house staff of experienced educators, help millions of children and adults annually. Each department’s program cost is financially supported by local business leaders and the concerned citizens who recognize the need for action against loss by fire.
The Jefferson City Fire Department has been a partner with the National Fire Safety Council- Firepup Program for over 30 years. During those 30 years the Jefferson City Fire Department has been able reach an estimated 300,000 citizens in Jefferson City and Central Missouri with NFSC prevention materials. Over the past 18 years it’s estimated our community has contributed over $150,000.00 to the Firepup Program. In 2015 a record $10,201.25 was donated by caring individuals and businesses in our community. Without this partnership the Fire Department’s exceptional fire prevention and education program wouldn’t be possible.