Laramie County Fire District #2 holds open house, talks future of district

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) - Laramie County Fire District #2 held its open house on Saturday. It was a way to bring the community together and kick-off Fire Prevention Week.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Fire Prevention Week runs from October 8-14, 2017. In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:
- FPW 2017 Escape Plan --- Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

LCFD #2’s Fire Chief Jason Caughey says it has been since the mid 1980’s since the district built a new station. The district broke ground on a new station in September. It will be near I-25 and Horse Creek Rd.

Chief Caughey says they should start digging in November. The new station will have housing for resident students and volunteers which Chief Caughey says will improve response times.

The district also recently received an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) through FEMA. The primary goal of the AFG is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations, and State Fire Training Academies.

The district will receive $300,000 over three years for three full time firefighters. Chief Caughey says the district in 98% volunteer based, and this grant will help off-set the daily work load that the district can't get through with just the daily volunteers.