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In the early days, fire stations were strategically located so the crews could quickly get to burning buildings. Obviously, time is an important aspect of firefighting, because flames can rapidly spread through a building. The ability to quickly respond to a fire provides more time to rescue people inside, and save property by suppressing the blaze in the early stages. It soon became apparent that the firefighter's ability to "get there fast" could be used for other types of emergency response, such as heart attacks, strokes and trauma.
Four minutes is a critical time frame for someone who has experienced a heart attack, injury, or other illness that makes them stop breathing. The heart and brain have a better chance of full recovery if they receive oxygen in four minutes or less. After that, a person can suffer brain damage or worse. Our firefighters, many of them educated to the level of paramedic, can use life saving techniques including defibrillation and medications to help prevent death or permanent injury. These life saving techniques are much more effective if they can get to a patient within the first four minutes.
The Andover Fire Station is part of a much larger dispatch system. The system is designed to provide adequate emergency coverage for the citizens who live here, by carefully managing response resources. Fire stations are not isolated or randomly located. They are strategically positioned to provide the best coverage with the least expenditure of resources.
Get out of the house and call 9-1-1. The use of a phone could cause the gas to ignite if you call from inside the house.
Why is my Fire Hydrant flowing water?
The City of Andover is provided potable & public safety water by the City of Wichita Water department & Butler County Water District #5. Below are a couple of reasons that a Fire Hydrant might be flowing water…
In these situations, look up & down the block to see if there is a Fire truck or a water service truck working in the area. If not, give us a call 316-733-1863 and we will investigate & follow up.
Additionally, Andover Fire-Rescue (AFR) conducts annual fire hydrant service inspections. Each year we operate every one of the hydrants in our response area and pressure test approximately 40%. We do this for the reasons listed below.
What can you do to increase safety for AFR staff and yourselves?
If you see a hydrant flowing water for no apparent reason, leaking significantly, blocked by cars or landscaping, or otherwise damaged PLEASE give us a call 316-733-1863 and we will look into the situation.