SUBLETTE COUNTY, Wyo. — It was all hands on deck for members of Sublette County Unified Fire this past weekend.

First, SCUF responded to what was initially reported as a head-on collision on Highway 191 at around 5 p.m. Friday. Upon arrival, responders learned that one vehicle had actually rear-ended a second, causing both to leave the roadway. Rescue units from Batallion 1-Pinedale and Battalion 5-Daniel responded to the scene and extracted occupants from both vehicles. Once the occupants were extricated, SCUF assisted EMS in packaging and transporting the patients.

Then on Sunday, December 15 at approximately 9 p.m. SCUF Battalion 1-Pinedale was paged to a reported chimney fire.  The homeowner was able to close off the air on the woodstove to stop the fire in the chimney. The fire did not spread past the chimney itself.  Firefighters inspected to attic space and ensured that the chimney was cooling before clearing the scene. It was a good reminder to have chimneys regularly cleaned and inspected and make sure your chimney is installed according to code so a chimney fire can’t catch surrounding building materials on fire.

SCUF also responded to an EMS assist call, a fire alarm at the Hampton Inn and two carbon monoxide alarms over the weekend.

This all happened while SCUF was hosing a Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training this past Saturday in Marbleton. TIM training focuses on improving public and responder safety while on the scene of an incident. Personnel from Sublette Unified Fire, Sublette county EMS and Sublette County Sherriff Department were in attendance. Emergency vehicle placement, setting up proper traffic signage and control, responder and motorist safety, restoring the flow of traffic and tabletop scenarios were just some of the topics covered.

There were some lessons to be learned from the weekend’s events:

  • When traveling, always let someone else know where you are going and when you should be there.
  • Never run a vehicle in an enclosed area like a garage.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Avoid using your cruise control during potentially slick roads.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can.
  • As snow accumulates on the ground so it does on your rooftop. Keep all vents clear from obstruction.
  • It’s not too late to have your heating equipment checked for proper operation.
  • Keep those chimneys clean!
  • Try to keep fire hydrants accessible. Piles of plowed snow can easily slow access to hydrants or keep them hidden altogether.