August 22, 2006

Did U Know?

Little Elm's Mayor Frank Kastner's " Did U Know?" ofers readers short items about Little Elm that can be quickly absorbed, informative, enlightening and maybe even amusing.

Suggestions for future "Did U Know?" items can be e-mailed to Mayor Frank Kastner .

Lakes
Lewisville Lake down 10.17 feet, Lake Lavon down 13.94 feet, Lake Ray Roberts down 5.09 feet.

Little Elm Fire Department
2005/2006 Annual Budget: $1,680,000.00

Staffing: 1 Fire Chief/Fire Marshal/EMC, 1 Fire Prevention Officer, 1 Administrative Assistant, 3 Operations Lieutenants, 12 Firefighters/Paramedics, 5 Firefighter/Paramedic Students, 1 Firefighter/EMT, 14 Volunteer Firefighters.

Fire Department Fleet: 2000 KME 1000 Gallon Pumper, 1996 KME 750 Gallon Pumper, 2000 KME 3000 Gallon Tanker, 2005 Frazer Paramedic Ambulance, 1999 Taylor Made Paramedic Ambulance, 2003 Ford F-550 Brush Truck, 1993 Ford F-350 Brush Truck, 2001 Dodge 1500 Utility Truck, 2001 Ford Explorer-Command Vehicle, 2003 Administration Crown Victoria, 1998 Adminsitration Crown Victoria, 2003 Fire Prevention Trailer.

Interesting Information: Our career Fire Department personnel work traditional shifts consisting of 24 hours on and 48 hours off. Our volunteers work on a six day rotation to better utilize their help. Our fire engines are staffed with paramedic firefighters and carry Advanced Life Support (ALS) Medications and state of the art cardiac monitors/defilbrillators to assist the ambulance crews. Our Ambulances are certified at the Mobile Intensive Care Unity (MICU) level.

"Clowns on Fire" Life Safety Clowns provide fire safety educations to elementary school children through humorous and interactive skits. Fire Department personnel must maintain a minimum of 20 hours of fire training and 4 hours of EMS training per month. LEFD covers not only the town of Little Elm but Lakewood Village, Hackberry, Frisco Ranch and parts of unincorporated Denton County. Station #2 under construction at 2301 Walker Lane and projected to open by early spring of 2007.

Special Services: Smoke/Fire Alarm checks, birthday party visits, walk-in blood pressure checks, flu shots, fire station tours, CPR certification classes, courtesy block pary visits, community events.

Department Functions & Responses: 1456 emergency calls received in 2005, 1600 emergency calls projected for 2006. Fires, Medical Calls, HAZMAT responses, Lake rescues, Technical Rescues. Office of Emergency Management for the Town.

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