CAN YOU MAKE THE LIGHTS TURN GREEN?
No, the Worthington Fire Department’s apparatus does not have the ability to control traffic lights or to cause them to change to green in the direction of travel. This is called an Opticom system. Some neighboring fire departments do have this type of system.
WILL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT REFILL MY FIRE EXTINGUISHER?
The Fire Department does not refill fire extinguishers. We even have to have a vendor refill our extinguishers. An approved and licensed vendor can be found in the Yellow Pages.
WHEN AN EMERGENCY VEHICLE IS APPROACHING THAT IS DISPLAYING EMERGENCY LIGHTS AND SIRENS, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Please pull to the right and stop. This will allow fire apparatus or other emergency vehicles adequate and clear lanes to safely and quickly continue its response.
WHY DO THE EMERGENCY VEHICLES RUN WITH LIGHTS AND SIREN, THEN JUST TURN THEM OFF?
On occasion, the fire engine and Chief vehicles will be driving with lights and sirens and then suddenly turn them off–perhaps only to turn into a shopping center parking lot or side street. Be assured that when this happens it means we have received information through our 911 dispatchers that the caller or incident is no longer a dire emergency. It is what we call “being cancelled”. Any or all of the apparatus may continue to drive to the call or perhaps some will return to the Fire Station, but we do not do it just to get to the store faster.
DO THE TAX PAYERS OF WORTHINGTON FIRE DISTRICT FURNISH FUNDING FOR YOUR MEALS?
The tax payers of Worthington do not furnish the firefighters’ meals while on duty. We contribute to a shift/station fund and purchase our own groceries to cook meals while at work. Sometimes you may see us out grocery shopping or picking up meals at one of the local restaurants.
WHAT TYPE OF FIRE EXTINGUISHER IS BEST FOR MY HOME?
A multi-purpose fire extinguisher is best for the home. Look for the rating to be at least 2A:10B:C on the label. This extinguisher can be used on any type of fire commonly found in the home. It will often be labeled A-B-C and may be located at many home improvement centers.
DOES THE FIRE DEPARTMENT INSTALL AND / OR INSPECT CHILD CAR SEATS?
Worthington Fire Department does not currently inspect and/or install child safety seats.
CAN I GET MY BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKED AT THE FIRE STATION?
Yes. We offer this service free at all fire stations within the Worthington Fire District. Please recognize that our personnel might be absent from the station due to emergency calls, fire inspections, or training activities. If you feel that you have an immediate health emergency, please call 911 or proceed to your nearest health care provider.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EMT AND A PARAMEDIC?
The difference between an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and a Paramedic is a significant amount of education. A Paramedic goes through more education and training and can provide a higher level of emergency care including invasive procedures. A Paramedic is an EMT. There are different levels of EMT training: EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, EMT-Paramedic. Each level requires more training and education than the prior. The Worthington Fire Department provides EMT Basic care when we respond along with Metro/Anchorage EMS. Is outdoor burning allowed? If you live within Jefferson County limits, almost all outdoor burning is prohibited. Permits can be obtained for recreational fires and bond fires through the Air Pollution Control Board. In Oldham county outdoor burning is restricted by Oldham county ordinance. Please check with Oldham County Fiscal Court http://www.oldhamcounty.net/ for Oldham County restrictions.
DO YOU TEACH CPR AND FIRST AID CLASSES TO THE PUBLIC?
No. Members of the public who wish to take a class in CPR and/or First Aid can contact Louisville Metro EMS, or the American Red Cross for those classes.