2011 Stats and Updates


The members and families of the Northwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company wish you and yours all the best this Holiday Season!!!


Daylight savings time ends Sunday November 6th. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges consumers to change their smoke alarm batteries when changing their clock for Daylight Saving Time Sunday November 6th. CPSC estimates that about 16 million homes in the U.S. have smoke alarms that do not work. In most cases, the batteries are dead or missing.

In a recent year, nearly 2,700 people died and more than 15,000 were injured because of fires that started in their homes. These fires resulted in property losses of more than $3.5 billion. Children are particularly vulnerable. Each year about 700 children under the age of 15 die of fire-related causes and about 400 of these deaths are to children under the age of 5 years. Most deaths occur from fires that start at night while families are asleep. Four times as many victims die from inhaling smoke and toxic gases as from burns.

About 90 percent of U.S. households have smoke alarms installed. However, a CPSC survey estimated that 20 percent of those households, about 16 million, did not have any working alarms. CPSC recommends consumers test each smoke alarm every month to make sure it is working properly. Change batteries at least once a year. Long-life smoke alarms with 10-year batteries have been available to consumers since 1995. These long-life alarms also should be tested monthly.

CPSC recommends consumers place smoke alarms that meet the requirements of a professional testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), on each level of multi-story homes outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms.


Routes are in full swing!  If you see an NVFC member knocking at your door we are asking for donations for our annual fall fund drive.  We appreciate your generosity!

Harvest has begun!  Please keep the following in mind:

The most common fatal injury in the field at corn and soybean harvest is getting crushed underneath the head, according to Mark Hanna, Iowa State University ag engineer. “Be sure you lock and block the head mechanically before getting underneath it.Also, disengage the power and shut off the engine before leaving the operator’s station to work on something,” he says.

Other fatalities include getting caught in augers and power-takeoff equipment, and falling off wagons and combines and getting run over.

We urge you to keep a 10-lb. fire extinguisher in the cab and a 20-lb. fire extinguisher mounted on the outside of the combine. Unfortunately, we all probably know someone who has been caught in a combine fire without having a functioning fire extinguisher handy.

Finally, watch out for small children, be cautious transporting equipment on narrow roads and pay special attention to potential suffocation disasters around grain carts and storage facilities. It only takes about 3-4 seconds before grain is up to your knees and as little as 14 seconds before your whole body becomes submerged.

You’re in a dangerous profession so take precautions seriously. Agriculture ranks as the third most dangerous occupation, behind only construction and transportation/warehousing, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Sadly, more than 65 crop farmers died from work-related accidents last year.

Please, don’t become one of those statistics.  Have a safe and bountiful harvest!! 


Summer is flying by!  August 18th is the first day of school for the students of Northwood Kensett.  Please be cautious and watch for the children as they go to and from school.  We wish everyone a safe and fun school year!

We have begun our annual fall fund drive a little early this year in order to be able to contact everyone before the busy harvest season.  This is our biggest fund raiser of the year and allows us to continue to operate.  Any and all donations are appreciated!  Look for a firefighter to be knocking on your door soon.  Thank you!

Congratulations to our waterball team who took first place at the Lake Mills waterball challenge during the July Jubilee.  Great work on bringing home the hardware!



A big THANK YOU to everyone who purchased raffle tickets this year and to all individuals and businesses who donated for the prizes.  What an excellent weekend to celebrate our Independence!  The weather was awesome and all of the festivities were fun and safe for everyone.  Northwood has so much to be proud of!  A list of the raffle winners can be found here.


2011 4th of July Raffle tickets are now available!  If you are interested in raffle tickets, please contact a fire company member or look for us during the 4th of July parade!  

Tickets are $1 each or a book of 12 for $10.  $3,000.00 in prizes to be given away!   Need not be present to win.


CONGRATULATIONS to Andy, Bryan, Bryson, Cody, Eric, Justin, Mitch and Ryan H. for completing The EMT-B program!  Soon they will be nationally certified.  What an accomplishment for these individuals who spent many hours working towards this goal.  Thank you and way to go!!!!


We currently have 8 members going through classes to get certified as EMT-B's.  They have been attending classes 2 nights a week, 4 hours per night since January and will continue classes into June.  Upon completion, the training that these individuals possess will enhance our medical coverage and abilities.  The process to get certified is very involved and is a large commitment that has consumed many hours away from family for these individuals, all on a voluntary basis.  Not only time in class, also time studying and preparing for tests.  All of this so we, as a Fire and Rescue Company, can better server our community.  Happy Easter everyone!


Daylight savings time is this Saturday March 12th and is a good reminder to give some attention to your smoke alarms. All smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month to make sure they operate properly. If a smoke alarm is battery operated, replace the batteries at least once a year to make sure the alarm will work when it is needed. It’s a good practice to make replacement of batteries a seasonal routine, such as when resetting clocks in the fall or spring. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries.

Every family should develop a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with the entire household.  Practice the fire escape plan with your children, baby-sitter, and older family members.  During practice, it is important to be aware of and remove obstacles that may prevent a quick and safe evacuation, such as blocked exits or jammed or barred windows.


The new Raptor Eagle Air is installed!  The Raptor is an air fill station that has a large capacity of air allowing us to fill a steady stream of air tanks in a short amount of time.  This will be especially crucial in the time of a major fire.  THANK YOU to the Worth County Development Authority for making this need a reality!


Happy New Year!  Wishing everyone a great 2011!  We hope everyone is safe and healthy in this new year but if you need us in an emergency situation, feel confident knowing that we will be there.

As the winter months settle in, please use the following tips to ensure you are safe on the roads.

Keep your car in top operating condition. Check all fluids, tires, exhaust system, brakes, battery, etc. Before driving anywhere, check weather information on the radio. It is always best to stay off the road during a winter storm. However, if you have to drive, plan a winter storm kit for your car: matches and candles, extra clothes, a blanket, first aid kit, flashlight, sand, shovel, booster cables, canned nuts and fruits; and remember to keep your gas tank filled. If the storm seems too much to handle, seek refuge.

If trapped in your car, do not panic and stay in the car during blizzard conditions. Keep a downwind window slightly open for fresh air and run engine and heater sparingly to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Do not remain in one position for too long, exercise by clapping hands and moving your arms and legs. Turn on dome light at night as a signal to work crews. 

Link to 2010 Updates

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2011 Alarms
Fire / Rescue 

January: 1 / 27
February: 1 / 24
March: 2 / 26
April: 3 / 30
May: 5 / 26
June: 4 / 31
July: 7 / 24
August: 2 / 19
September: 7 / 20
October: 9 / 24
November: 5 / 33
December: 1 / 33

2011 Year to Date 47 / 317
364 Total Calls
3615 Total Volunteer Hours

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