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NFFA Raising Funds to Purchase a Lucas Device
Monday, April 7, 2014 
Norwalk Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast – Saturday April 19, 2014 Proceeds to purchase CPR lifesaving device The Norwalk Firefighters Association annual pancake breakfast is Saturday April 19, 2014 from 6:00 – 11:00 am at the Norwalk Fire Station. This year, all donations and proceeds that are generated from the breakfast have been committed to purchase a Lucas™ automated chest compression device. When used in conjunction with existing equipment, medications, and advanced cardiac lifesaving techniques already being used by Norwalk medics, the Lucas™ device has the potential to significantly improve your chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest. While a number of studies have evaluated the Lucas™ device with varying degrees of effectiveness, most EMS professionals using it agree that it provides consistent and more effective compressions than manual chest compressions. How does the Lucas™ device work? Keeping the blood flow up In order to be able to save the lives of sudden cardiac arrest patients and avoid neurological damage, a steady supply of oxygen to the heart and brain is necessary. Life-sustaining circulation can be created through effective and uninterrupted chest compressions. Performing manual chest compressions of high quality is both difficult and tiring, and impossible in certain situations. The quality varies depending on who provides CPR and deteriorates quickly after only one to two minutes. LUCAS 2 LUCAS™ - standardizing the quality of chest compressions The LUCAS™ Chest Compression System is a safe and efficient tool that standardizes chest compressions in accordance with the latest scientific guidelines. Regardless of transport conditions, rescuer fatigue, or variability in the experience level of the caregiver, it provides the same high quality compressions throughout the event. By doing this, it also frees up rescuers to focus on other life-saving tasks. Experimental studies have also shown that the mechanically controlled LUCAS™ compressions are able to sustain a higher blood flow to the brain and heart compared to manual compressions. The men and women of the Norwalk Fire Department are committed to providing the highest quality of emergency medical care to those who live, work and visit our community. Since January 1, 2011, we have responded to 27 cardiac arrest emergencies that have resulted in varying degrees of success. We are pleased to report that some of these patients survived and have been able to return home to their loved ones. However, we firmly believe that by adding a LUCAS™ automated chest compression device to our equipment cache, we will be able save the lives of more sudden cardiac arrest patients. Our goal is to raise enough money during the pancake breakfast to purchase one LUCAS™ device – cost is approximately $13,000. Please join us for pancakes on April 19th, and help us help those who suffer sudden cardiac arrest. If you are interested in donating to this project, but are unable to attend the breakfast, please call Brian Onstot, President of Norwalk Firefighters Association at 515.210.7528.

The City of Norwalk launches a Rental Housing Inspection Program
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Norwalk City Council adopted a rental housing code on September 5, 2013. This code establishes minimum requirements for rental properties to safeguard the public. Rental property is any property not occupied by the owner, even those occupied by family members who are not the owners. Rental Property in the city must be licensed and inspected every two years by the Rental Housing Inspector. Rental properties are required to meet the minimum standards established by the City of Norwalk Code standards. All property owners are required to submit an application requesting a rental certificate. The application shall be accompanied by a one-time registration fee and an inspection fee. A copy of the fee schedule is available on the City’s website at www.norwalk.iowa.gov. Upon receipt of an application, the City conducts an inspection of the premises and issues a Rental Certificate. Below is a brief outline of the Rental Housing Inspection process: • The rental property owner completes a rental inspection registration form and pays the appropriate registration and inspection fees. • The property owner contacts the City of Norwalk Rental Housing Inspector to schedule an inspection. • The inspector will visit the property and conduct the inspection. He or she will leave a copy of the completed checklist at the property after the initial inspection visit. • If the rental unit(s) complies with the provisions of the Code, the inspector will issue a rental inspection certificate. • If violations are found, the property owner is responsible for correcting all violations. The inspector will return to the property and perform the re-inspection. • Regular inspections must be performed on the property. Inspections are required every twenty-four (24) months. Next Steps Rental property owners will receive a letter from the Rental Housing Inspector notifying them of their inspection timeframe and next steps. If you have questions, please contact the Rental Housing Inspector, Capt. Doug Richardson, at 515-981-0228 ext. 2704 or via email at drichardson@norwalk.iowa.gov.

With warm weather and family events, the Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories. But before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety. If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in kids and adults. The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home — period. Iowa Law prohibits Fireworks and the Police can and will issue citations. Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals. Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit which is hot enough to melt gold. Never try to make your own fireworks. National Fire Protection Association estimates that local fire departments respond to more 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year. Don't allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time. Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they'll run loose or get injured. Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed, but you'll enjoy them much more knowing your family is safe. Take extra precautions this Fourth of July and your holiday will be a blast!

Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:59
Norwalk FD battled a fire for more than three hours Thursday. Officials say a passerby called in the fire at a barn-workshop on West North Avenue just after 11 a.m. When crews arrived on the scene the roof had already collapsed leading firefighters to believe the building may have been burning for some time. Two horses and three dogs were saved, but three rabbits perished. The building is considered to be a total loss. The cause of the fire has been listed as undetermined.

Sunday, April 21, 2013 16:06
Norwalk fire investigators are trying to determine how a fire started at an apartment Sunday. Around 4 p.m. crews were called to the Windflower Apartment Complex. When they arrived they found two garage stalls on fire. Once the fire was out, officials determined a sofa sitting between the two structures caught fire and spread to the buildings. Investigators are looking into what caused the couch to catch fire, “Right now, we do not have any witnesses to explain how this fire started on the exterior of the building,” said Capt. Doug Richardson Officials estimate the damage at $10,000.

Chili Supper!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 
Members of the Norwalk Firefighter's Association will host a Chili Supper Tuesday, November 6th, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the firehouse. Please stop by after voting for a bowl of chili. Free will donations accepted.

FPW Pictures
Pictures from the Fire Prevention Week Open House can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pugamu/sets/72157631722859525/

Crews Respond to Apartment Fire
Friday, April 27, 2012
On Friday, April 27, 2012 at 6:08 p.m. the Norwalk Fire Department was dispatched to 2507 Cedar Street for a Water Flow Alarm. Utilizing the installed Knox Box system the FD gained access to an apartment that had water coming from under the door. No heat was detected on the door and heavy smoke poured from the door when it was opened. A second alarm was requested by Incident Command which the West Des Moines Fire Department responded to. It was determined that the sprinkler system worked as expected and saved one building in the $5 million complex after boxes sitting on the stove had ignited after the control knob was bumped while a new tenant was moving in. It is estimated that it took one hour and twenty minutes for the fire to start after the stove was turned on. Damage is estimated at $15,000. No one was hurt and only the apartment involved was damaged due to the sprinkler system activation. This also serves as a reminder not to set things on stoves/ovens. The new tenant has another place to stay and hopes to be back in the apartment in a couple of weeks.

Wind fuels flames in Norwalk 2 Alarm fire
A Norwalk family was left homeless after a fire ripped through their home Sunday. The Norwalk Fire Department showed up at the Pine Ave home just five minutes after a fire started around 5 p.m. But the flames didn't need five minutes to tear through the home from bottom to top. High winds challenged firefighters, and fueled the fire quickly. "Wind–driven fires are very hard to predict, they progress very rapidly which was the case when that first engine got there within minutes of the initial call, it was fully involved," said Capt. Doug Richardson of the Norwalk Fire Department. Fire officials don't yet know the cause of the fire, they believe it may have started in the garage. "We won't have any answers for a little bit of time yet," Richardson said. They'll continue investigating into what may have caused the blaze. "With the extent of damage and amount of fire we had, it's going to be very difficult," said Richardson. The family of four who lived there is safe but they lost their cat in the fire. "The house is going to be a total loss," said Richardson. "I don't know that they were able to salvage anything inside the structure."

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