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Chad E. Follick, Fire Chief
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Vandalia Fire Station
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8705 Peters Pike
Vandalia, Ohio 45377
937-898-2261

Second platoon firefighters (Vandalia & Butler) dispatched to a car fire at a local car dealership. One care completely destroyed and a second damaged. No one injured. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Vandalia Fire and Police Explorers learned first aid and CPR tuesday night at the Vandalia Fire Department. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Division of Fire welcomes our six new part-time Fire/EMS personnel to the training center today. Second day of mini-academy class. Crews out to their shift assignments by April 1. ... See MoreSee Less

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Spring is here! We have seen an increase in requests for open burning permits. The images attached are from a fire incident that VFD firefighters responded today, as you can see very fortunate that the fire was small and easily controlled.

Here are a couple of reminders from the Fire Prevention Bureau with regards to open burning:

1. Open burning is defined as any outdoor fire that is not enclosed in any sort of container. In open burning, the by-products of the fire -- gases, ashes and soot, for instance -- are thus emitted directly into the air. An outdoor fire utilized to cook food for human consumption is a recreational fire.

2. The Vandalia Division of Fire requires that
anyone planning to conduct an open burn on
their property must first obtain a permit.

Permits can be obtained on-line at the City of Vandalia's website vandaliaohio.org.

3. Recreational fires are restricted to cooking for human consumption. A recreational fire cannot exceed 3 ft by 3 ft by 3 ft in dimension and burn no longer than three hours.

4. Any open burning, recreational fire or bonfire should be at least 150 feet from any structure -- with no possibility of spreading. Fire in approved containers must be at least 50 feet from any structure. Distances may be modified
by the code official upon inspection.

5. Only seasoned firewood that generates a minimum of air contaminants can be used as fuel for any open burning, recreational fire or bonfire. The fire can be ignited with a small quantity of paper but cannot be used for waste disposal purposes.

6. Any open burning, recreational fire or bonfire must be constantly attended by an adult until the fire is completely extinguished. Also, a means of extinguishment -- fire extinguisher, dirt, sand, water barrel or garden hose -- must be readily available while the fire is burning.

7. Dispatch must be notified prior to each and every burn. No exceptions! Dispatch can be reached at 898-4494. Remember -- you must notify them prior to enjoying your backyard fire.

One final note, permitted fires determined to be a nuisance to (typically smoke) the public (especially your neighbors) will be extinguished.

Please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at (937) 898-2261 for assistance.
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At approximately 4:30 Thursday afternoon, the City of Vandalia's outdoor weather warning sirens were activated in response to a National Weather Service (NWS) issued tornado warning that placed a portion of Vandalia in the potential path of a weather system that was capable of producing a tornado(s). It is the policy of the City of Vandalia to activate our siren ANYTIME that a warning is issued and Vandalia falls within that "warned area".

The second "trigger" for activating the sirens is when a tornado is spotted by a member of public safety within the confines or on the boarders of the City of Vandalia.

The key to protecting you from dangerous tornadoes is early warning, so we work very hard to give you as much notice as we can in these situations. In addition to the sirens being activated, those Vandalian's registered in Hyper Reach (register on the City's website), that live in the NWS warned area (which did not include the entire city) received an automated message from Hyper Reach at the same time as the sirens were activated.

Please look at the images attached, good information on how you can prepare your family for these type situations. If you need assistance registering with the City's Hyper Reach system, or you need additional information or assistance please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at (937)898-2261. As always be prepared and BE SAFE!
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