FIRE EXTINGUISHER - SAFETY RECALL
On November 2, 2017, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kidde announced a recall to replace certain Kidde fire extinguishers. The recall was initiated because certain models can become clogged or require excessive force to activate, posing a risk of failure to discharge. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.The product recall involves two styles of Kidde disposable fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and plastic push-button fire extinguishers. For a full list of affected fire extinguishers please see the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
Plastic Handle Fire Extinguishers: The recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.These extinguishers were sold in red, white, and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label. For units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom. Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format. Date codes for recalled models manufactured from January 2, 2012 through August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717. For units produced before 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher.
Push-button Pindicator Fire Extinguishers:The recall involves eight models of Kidde Pindicator fire extinguishers manufactured between August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017. The no-gauge push-button extinguishers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle. These models were sold primarily for kitchen and personal watercraft applications.
The Camas-Washougal Fire Department provides both fire and emergency medical services to our citizens. CWFD personnel also provide emergency medical services to citizens outside the Camas city limits along with mutual aid fire protection to neighboring departments.
The Camas-Washougal Fire Department covers 20 square miles and over 33,000 citizens for fire protection and approximately 80 square miles containing 65,000 citizens for paramedic services. CWFD averages approximately 5,000 fire and medical calls annually.
There are currently forty four career firefighters, one chief, two division chiefs, one deputy fire marshal, four battalion chiefs, and two administrative assistants at CWFD. The department is also supported by 20 highly trained volunteer firefighters. All line firefighters are either EMT/IV Technicians or EMT/Paramedics and have high levels of training in fire suppression.
We have three fire stations, Station 41 in downtown Camas, Station 42 in the Prune Hill area, and Station 43 in downtown Washougal. These stations have 24 hour full time staffing and at least one paramedic unit at each station.
Since July 13th, 2011 the Camas and Washougal Fire Departments have been consolidated in to one agency through a contract for service. Under this agreement, both departments operate under one chief and combine all operational staffing in an effort to improve efficiency and lower expenditures.
The Camas-Washougal Fire Department is the only fire department in Clark County that provides ambulance services. This added responsibility requires our firefighters to be highly skilled in emergency services along with fire suppression techniques.