Chief Message

Greetings 2019! I hope it is a happy and healthy year for everyone in American Canyon. One of the ways we can help make this happen is to learn CPR (and “Hands Only” CPR is enough!) and use of Automatic External Defibrillators (“AEDs”). Just like I did last year at the beginning of the year, this year I want to start out talking about how American Canyon is a “HeartSafe” community. We have that designation as a result of continuous quality improvement in an effort to strengthen what the American Heart Association calls “the Chain of Survival.” The 5 links of the chain of survival are: 1) immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system, 2) early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions, 3) rapid defibrillation 4) effective advanced life support and 5) integrated post cardiac arrest care. These 5 links of the chain are why we have a response time goal of within 5 minutes 90% of the time, why we pursued faster dispatch using state of the art technology, why we upgraded our emergency medical services capability to advanced life support, why we educate the public in hands only CPR and defibrillator use, and why we place automatic external defibrillators in public places where they can be located (by using “Pulsepoint”), and finally, why we have a partnership with the ambulance franchise holder (AMR) so that we have an integrated team approach to patient care and transport. Thank you to all of you that endeavor to be a link in the chain of survival! Stay safe and remember….
 American Canyon IS a HEARTSAFE Community!
Fire Chief Glen E. Weeks
Congratulations Captain Diede!

In August of 2018 we completed a fire captain promotional assessment center process and established a promotional eligibility list. Effective January 15, 2019 Firefighter Kenneth Diede was promoted to the position of Fire Captain. Captain Diede began his fire service career with the District on November 11, 2013. A formal “Badge Pinning Ceremony” will be at a later date TBA. Please congratulate Kenny if you see him out and about serving our community.
Active Shooter Exercise

On Friday, January 4th Napa County “Active Shooter Full-Scale Exercises” were held at the American Canyon Community Center. These exercises, which were coordinated by the Napa County Office of Emergency Services (“OES”), focused on the tactical functions of law enforcement and fire resources during an active shooter event. These types of tactical operations require command and control between law and fire to be unified, with common communication, to achieve a goal of treating and transported victims can as soon as possible, potentially even before threat(s) are neutralized. The exercise’s lasted all day so that personnel from multiple Napa County agencies could participate. Participants included: American Canyon Police Department, American Canyon Fire Protection District, American Canyon CERT, Napa County Sheriff’s Department; California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire/Napa County Fire, City of Napa Police and Fire, and the Napa County DA’s office. Thank you to the American Canyon Parks and Recreation Department for helping to make this exercise possible.

Probationary Firefighter Robert Rojas training on aerial ladder operation. The final six months of the ACFPD probationary firefighter training program consists of learning how to drive and operate all district fire apparatus. Probationary firefighters have an extensive “task book” to complete in order to pass probation and become “qualified” driver operators as well as firefighters.
Fire Explorer Training
Firefighter Cia training Fire Explorers during a simulated fire attack.