ďTHE ULTIMATE GOALĒ
The Scotland Volunteer Fire Department and
various code officials, including the Fire Marshall, Burn
Officials, Building Inspector, and the Forest Fire Warden
work towards the education, and edification of all, to reach
the ultimate goal of preventing fires. To that end we have
prepared this page with the hope that it will be read and
SCOTLAND FIRE MARSHALS OFFICE
Fire Marshal: Dana Barrow (860) 423-8712
Deputy Fire Marshal: Noel Waite (860) 455-9885
Deputy Fire Marshal: Kim Field (860) 450-1525
First Selectman Clark Stearns (860) 456-7797
John Berard (860) 455-9553
FOREST FIRE WARDEN:
Ray Miles (860) 423-1866
Connecticut Fire Codes (Life Safety Code),
building codes, outside burning regulations are designed to
first protect life and then property. The Codes and regulations
incorporate many aspect of building construction materials,
exit width & access, room capacities, and safe storage
distances for flammable materials. There are many aspects
within our governing systems that are concerned with, and
for, our safety. Only the individual can achieve the ultimate
goal of fire prevention. Failing to attain that particular
goal, we need to focus on personal safety.
Take the time! Pay attention! Do it today, not tomorrow!
Donít burn without a permit.
The Burn Officials issue burn permits after
factoring in many variables
Do not store gasoline in your basement or on your
Always store flammable substances in a proper
container. If you have questions regarding safe storage call
the local fire dept for advice.
Insure that your electrical
system is up to code and that any extension cords are in good
condition, properly placed, and appropriate to their usage.
Maintain your heating system and keep your chimneys clean.
If a wood stove or furnace is used, insure
that itís intact, safe, and properly vented. Check your fireplace
also. Use a screen if youíre not right there with it. Make
a bi-yearly schedule to take clutter and debris to the dump.
Donít let it pile up.
Be prepared! Make a plan! Have drills!
Smoke detectors are, by far, one of the least
expensive and most effective lifesavers we have. BUT only
if they work. Check your batteries regularly! They can, and
should, be placed in many different areas of your home; cellar,
attic, stairwells, hallways, bedrooms, workrooms, kitchens.
Decide on a date(s) to do battery checks. Time changes, your
kidís birthdays, and your anniversary. Donít forget!
Keep fire extinguishers in easily accessible places. Call
the fire dept. for the correct rating and ask for instruction
on how to use it properly. If your fire is larger than wastebasket
size, forget the extinguisher. Close
the door; Get out, stay out, and Call 911
Sit down with your family and make a plan to
how best exit your house if your detector alerts and/or you
discover a fire some other way. Designate a meeting place
outside your home. Caution your children not to hide. Tell
them ďnot under the bed, not in the closetĒ, that they MUST
go to the designated meeting area. Designate responsibility
for the safe egress of babies and toddlers
Our children have drills at school; many of
us have drills at work. We need to have drills at home also,
thatís where we all eat and sleep together.
When attending events or staying at unfamiliar places know
where you exits are.
We need to know our particular responsibilities and we need
to know how to get out and where to meet up.
None of us wants to frighten our children;
we want them to always think of home as a safe place. Take
the time to explain that by making a plan we are, in fact,
making our home safer for all of us.