SLC Fire April 2018 Community Newsletter

April 2018
On April 19, we encourage residents to participate in the Great Shakeout. The purpose of this event is to help prepare communities and residents for major earthquakes, and to give them practice responding.
Sobering facts
In the event of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the Salt Lake Valley

  • An estimated 350,000 people will be displaced.
  • 80-85% of homes will have moderate to severe structural damage.
  • Basic utility services will be interrupted for weeks or months. No water, sewer, gas, or electricity.
  • Residents should plan on supporting themselves for at least 96 hours.

Create both a family and work emergency plan. Include your evacuation strategy, meeting points, out-of-area contacts and special needs.

Build a kit that will sustain you and your loved ones, including pets, for at least four days. If possible, create separate kits for home, work, school, and for your car.

Be informed and get involved. Learn how local schools will serve as recovery sites after a major disaster through the S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods Program.

For more information visit:   or

Preparation will make all the difference in a disaster.

Stay safe,
Chief Karl Lieb


Falls/Fall Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of injury, hospitalization, and death in older adults. In Salt Lake City, falls make up about 10 percent of emergency calls city-wide. At some places, such as senior living high-rise complexes, falls can comprise 60 percent of the 9-1-1 call volume. Tips for preventing falls include the following:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Review your medication
  • Check your vision
  • Make your home safer
To learn more visit the Utah Department of Health/Bureau of Health Promotion
801-538-6592, or contact Salt Lake City Fire Community Health Group at 801-799-4115.

Employee SpotlightTom McKay
Firefighter/Paramedic Tom McKay currently serves as the Community Health Paramedic under the Medical Division’s Community Health Team. In the past three years, McKay has been instrumental in dramatically reducing the number of emergency calls related to falls by seniors.

Through McKay’s outreach efforts, education programs, and new fall-incident measurement tools and processes, he contributed to decreasing a monthly fall call volume  — that has been as high as 60 percent of all emergency calls in certain months — to zero fall calls in August 2017. Because of his involvement with the Utah Falls Prevention Coalition (UFPC), as well as his other community outreach and education efforts related to EMS, McKay was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Service Medal.

McKay works out of the public safety building in Downtown Salt Lake City. He has been with SLC Fire for 19 years, working in Stations 5 (Heavy Rescue Team, 13 years), and Station 8 before accepting his current assignment as community health paramedic in the medical division.


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