Firefighters impress need for planning, speed

Cindy J. Buechler — Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 10/16/17

A room fire can spread from a spark to fully engulfed in four minutes, according to North Metro Fire Prevention Chief Steve Gosselin.

That’s why planning is key.

Gosselin and other fire personnel joined fire survivors Oct. 14 at the Walmart …

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Firefighters impress need for planning, speed

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A room fire can spread from a spark to fully engulfed in four minutes, according to North Metro Fire Prevention Chief Steve Gosselin.

That’s why planning is key.

Gosselin and other fire personnel joined fire survivors Oct. 14 at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on North Washington Street in Northglenn to promote fire safety and impress on everyone the need to plan. The demonstration included a live burn demonstration to show just how quickly a fire can get out of control.

During the demonstration, the fire alarm went off within two minutes. Once the fire department is called they arrive within within five minutes. The room was fully engulfed within four minutes.

“No one can survive this - not even a firefighter in full gear - as it is over 1,000 degrees,” Gosselin said.

Home escape planning is critical to ensure that everyone knows how to use the short amount of time wisely, he said. It’s best to develop a plan and practice it.

The demonstration was part of Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts. Plan 2 Ways Out!”

Eric Gleason of the Colorado Fire Protection Association said, there should always be two ways to get out, a smoke detector in every bedroom and they should be tested each month as well.

“Get down. Get low. Get out,” Gleason said. “Teach your children their address and a safe meeting place.”

A video of the live event is posted on North Metro Fire Rescue Authority’s Facebook page. The live fire demonstration showed how quickly a fire grows as well as the benefits of fire sprinklers in residential homes.

Family history

Chief Gosselin shared a bit of his perspective on his life as a firefighter. He grew up in Massachussets, where his mother made sure to impress how important firefighters were on both he and his older brother. She regularly brought both boys to provide drinking water and supplies to local firefighters working active fire scenes.

Both he and his brother grew to become professional firefighters.

“Being a firefighter is not for everyone, but it is a fantastic career,” Gosselin said. “If you love challenging yourself, solving problems, helping people, and can deal day-in and day-out with seeing people having some of the worst days of their lives, firefighting might be a good career path for someone.”

“For the last 18 years, it has been, and continues to be, my pleasure to serve the citizens of North Metro Fire Rescue District first as a Fire Safety Engineer, and now as the Division Chief of the Fire Prevention Division. I continue to learn new things each and every day, and am humbled by what our staff, firefighters and paramedics do on a daily basis,” said Gosselin.

North Metro Fire Rescue District was formed in 1946. The district covers 63 square miles and protects a population of 117,000 people including the City of Northglenn, City and County of Broomfield, and unincorporated areas of Adams, Weld, Boulder and Jefferson counties. They are dedicated to providing quality service with specialized rescue, fire protection, emergency medical services and hazardous materials response.

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