The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 07.10.1983, Blaðsíða 6

The White Falcon - 07.10.1983, Blaðsíða 6
6 THE WHITE FALCON/October 7, 1983_________ Fire Prevention Branch The Fire Prevention Branch is manned by four inspectors. The Chief Inspector, As- tvaldur Eriksson, joined the department in 1956; Inspector Ragnar Gunnarsson joined in 1968; Inspector Fridthdor Eydal in 1981 and Inspector Richard H. Richardsson in 1982. They perform the daily function of the Fire Prevention Branch, as well as take an ac- tive part in programs such as Family Hous- ing Inspections, Fire Prevention Week acti- vities, the PTO Carnival and other regular and special events. The inspectors conduct fire hazard in- spections in all facilities and observe operating procedures, structural, mechanic- al and electrical conditions of buildings to ensure that all satisfy the requirements imposed by various fire ordinances and reg- ulations. Corrective actions, where requir- ed, are conveyed in the form of written re- ports or verbal notes. Inspection frequen- cies are weekly, monthly, quarterly or an- nually, depending upon the occupancy hazard and the Navy regulation requirements. Fur- thermore, they conduct inspections and test all fire detection and protection systems on the Naval Station, give fire safety or- ientation to new arrivals on a weekly basis and special fire safety lectures to the various activities at least annually and more often for personnel in special hazard areas, such as the flight line. Addition- ally, they conduct fire prevention lectures at the request of any activity and special fire prevention programs in the schools throughout the year. So far this year the branch has averaged two lectures per week. The Fire Prevention Branch also provides fire protection review of new construction and building modification plans and propos- als. They issue permits for occupancy and hazardous operations, conduct the annual Fire Prevention Week program, implement the stations of the Fire Wardens program and conduct fire safety training and licensing of babysitters. And, if that's not enough, they are also charged with the responsi- bilities of testing, maintaining and bat- tery change of smoke detectors in all quar- ters; supervising of fire drills, etc., etc. Fire takes a heavy throughout the world years fire was ranked accidental killer vehicle accidents toll of human life each year. In recent as the third largest in the U.S., behind motor and accidental falls. It has claimed the lives of nearly 8,000 people annually and thousands more have been injured. The U.S. Navy fire loss during calendar year 1982 was $18.4-million, double the ten-year annual average. This figure represents a direct loss of the Navy's op- erating funds since no insurance is car- ried. Thus emphasis is placed on fire pre- vention. An elaborate fire prevention pro- gram has been established within the U.S. Navy, as well as other DOD sectors, which outlines the responsibilities of fire pre- vention efforts at shore establishments such as Naval Station, Keflavik. The Fire Prevention Branch's ultimate goal is: "No fire loss" at Naval Station, Keflavik. The only hope of reaching this \/ery worthwhile goal is through the support of the community -- from the highest level of command right down to the children in our schools. The branch firmly believes that all fires can be prevented and this belief is strongly supported by the charts on this page. Fire prevention work is primarily in the form of persuation. The NFPA lists the three major fire hazards as "men, women and children" -- the human element, and that is the most difficult one whith which to cope. Experience has taught that physical hazards are more easily corrected. Obviously fire hazards differ from one type of operation to another; i.e., fire safety concerns in an aircraft hangar involves different haz- ards than those found in a hospital work area. The Fire Prevention Branch has an extensive library containing literature re- garding the various professions; this al- lows them to be prepared to discuss poten- tial hazards with people in a knowledgable manner. The statistical figures reflected in the tables on this page provide quantative evi- dence of the effectiveness of the Naval Sta- tion, Keflavik fire prevention program. Table 1 indicates the number of fire haz- ards detected each year during the 10-year period, while Table 2 reflects the response -- in percentages -- on the part of the community toward correcting these hazards. Table 3 shows the number of actual fires each year. The relationship between Tables 2 and 3 is quite distinctive, when the com- munity response to reported fire hazards is slow the number of fires immediately in- creases and visa versa. So far this year we appear to be on the right track, with responses to reported fire hazards near 90 percent. Only four of the 22 fires have resulted in dollar loss for a total of $2,872. Those were a $200 loss from a mattress fire in a B0Q, caused by smoking in bed; a $27 loss from a grease fire on an unattended stove in a BEQ; a $200 fire resulting from an electrical fire in a dryer in family quarters; and a $2,445 loss from a fire occuring in an accumulation of waste boxes in a BEQ. The latter fire was of suspicious origin. The Fire Department extends special thanks to the Keflavik community for the accomplishment of the fine record thus far this year. TABLE #1 NUMBER OF FIRE HAZARDS REPORTED: 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 4000 3000 2000 1000 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% TABLE #2 NUMBER OF FIRE HAZARDS CORRECTED IN PERCENT: 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980- 19.81 1982 NUMBER OF AOT 80 70 60 50 40 #3 :RE RESPONSES: 1973 1974 197 77 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982

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