Obtain A Burn Permit
To obtain authorization to burn, please use the followings steps:Call the Division of Forestry at (239) 690-3502 for a permit. Call the Tice Station at (239) 694-2380 and give your burn permit information. We will forward it to the Buckingham station if needed. We request that you always call us, even for recreational fires and give us your address in case of someone mistakenly reporting a fire. Anytime your fire gets out of control, don't hesitate to CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!
The Maltese Cross
The Meaning of The Maltese Cross
The Badge of a Fire Fighter is the Maltese Cross. The Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection and a badge of honor. Its story is hundreds of years old.
When a courageous band of crusaders known as The Knights of St. John fought the Saracens for possession of the holy land, they encountered a new weapon unknown to European warriors. It was a simple, but horrible device of war. It brought excruciating pain and agonizing death upon the brave fighters for the cross.
As the crusaders advanced on the walls of the city, they were struck by glass bombs containing naphtha. When they became saturated with the highly flammable liquid, the Saracens would hurl a flaming torch into their midst. Hundreds of the knights were burned alive; others risked their lives to save their brothers-in-arms from dying painful, fiery deaths.
Thus, these men became our first Fire Fighters and the first of a long list of courageous men. Their heroic efforts were recognized by fellow crusaders who awarded each hero a badge of honor - a cross similar to the one fire fighters wear today. Since the Knights of St. John lived for close to four centuries on a little island in the Mediterranean Sea named Malta, the cross came to be known as the Maltese Cross.
The Maltese Cross is our symbol of protection. It means that the Fire Fighter who wears this cross is willing to lay down his life for you just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so many years ago. The Maltese Cross is a Fire Fighter's badge of honor, signifying that he works in courage - a ladder's rung away from death.
Obtain a Report
Schedule a Tour
We welcome the opportunity to show you or your group our facilities and equipment.
Call the Tice Station at (239) 694-2380 during normal business hours to schedule a time to visit.
10 Steps of Fire Safety
How to Exchange Your SHARPS Container
You can drop off your used SHARPS container and pick up an empty one by stopping by the station at located at 9351 Workmen Way.
After the Fire
It is hoped that this information will assist in reducing your losses and help speed your return to a normal lifestyle.
Professional fire and water damage restoration businesses may be a good source of clean-ing and restoration of your personal belongings. Companies offering this service can be located in the phone directory.
Smoke odor and soot can sometimes be washed from clothing. The following formula will often work for clothing that can be bleached:
• 4-6 teaspoons tri-sodium phosphate (can be purchased in home improve-ment/hardware stores).
• 1 cup Lysol or any household chlorine bleach.
• 1 gallon warm water.
Mix well, add clothes, rinse with clean water, dry well.
To remove mildew, wash the fresh stain with soap and water. Then rinse and dry in the sun. If the stain isn't gone, use lemon juice and salt, or a diluted solution of household chlorine bleach.
An effective way to remove mildew from clothing is to wash the fresh stain with soap and warm water, rinse, and then dry in the sun. If the stain has not disappeared, use lemon juice and salt or a diluted solution of household chlorine bleach.
Your pots, pans, flatware, etc., should be washed with soapy water, rinsed and then pol-ished with a fine-powdered cleaner. You can polish copper and brass with special polish, salt sprinkled on a piece of lemon, or salt sprinkled on a cloth saturated with vinegar.
Please don't use appliances that have been exposed to water or steam until you have a service representative check them. This is especially true of electrical appliances. In addition, steam can remove the lubricant from some moving parts.
If the fire department turned off your gas or power during the fire, call the electric or gas company to restore these services - do not try to do it yourself. Often a licensed plumber or electrician must make repairs before service can be restored.
Rugs and Carpets
Rugs and carpets should be allowed to dry thoroughly. Throw rugs can be cleaned by beating, sweeping, or vacuuming, and then shampooing. Rugs should be dried as quickly as possible - lay them flat and expose them to a circulation of warm, dry air. A fan turned on the rugs will speed drying. Even though the surface seems dry, moisture remaining at the base of the tufts can quickly cause the rug to rot.
For information on cleaning and preserving carpets, call your carpet dealer or installer or a qualified carpet cleaning professional.
Leather and Books
Wipe your leather goods with a damp cloth, then with a dry cloth. Stuff your purses and shoes with newspapers to retain their shape. Leave your suitcases open. Leather goods should be dried away from heat and sun. When leather goods are dry, clean with saddle soap. You can use steel wool or a suede brush on suede. Rinse leather and suede jackets in cold water and dry away from heat and sun.
Books can be dried by placing them on end with pages separated. Then they should be piled and pressed to prevent the pages from crinkling. Alternating drying and pressing will help prevent mildew until the books are thoroughly dry. If your books are very damp, sprinkle cornstarch or talc between the pages, leave for several hours, then brush off. A fan turned on the books will help them dry.
Preserving damaged photographs is often very important to victims of fires, floods and other disasters. If photographs are not burned they can usually be saved. Never try to peel apart photographs that have stuck together. Always remember that photographs were originally developed in water solutions and then washed.
Soak the photos in clear, clean water and rinse carefully and thoroughly and let stuck photographs separate on their own. If they stay damp they can be damaged by mold. If you have quantities of wet photos, wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them, then thaw them and wash them a few at a time. After washing the photos, dry them image side up on a smooth hard surface like a glass table or kitchen counter.
Walls, Floors and Furniture
To remove soot and smoke from walls, furniture and floors, use a mild soap or detergent or mix together the following solution:
• 4 to 6 tbsp. Tri-Sodium Phosphate.
• 1 cup household cleaner or chlorine bleach.
• 1 gallon warm water.
Wear rubber gloves when cleaning with this solution. Be sure to rinse your walls and furniture with clear warm water and dry thoroughly after washing them with this solution. Wash a small area of wall at one time, working from the floor up. Then rinse the wall with clear water immediately. Ceilings should be washed last. If the weather allows, open windows and use a fan to circulate air.
Do not repaint until walls and ceilings are completely dry.
Your wallpaper can also be repaired. Use a commercial paste to re-paste a loose edge or section. Contact your wallpaper dealer or installer for information on wallpaper cleaners. Washable wallpaper can be cleansed like any ordinary wall, but care must be taken not to soak the paper. Work from bottom to top to prevent streaking.
• Do not dry your furniture in the sun. The wood will warp and twist out of shape.
• Clear off mud and dirt.
• Remove drawers. Let them dry thoroughly so there will be no sticking when you replace them.
• Scrub wood furniture or fixtures with a stiff brush and a cleaning solution.
• Wet wood can decay and mold, so dry thoroughly. Open doors and windows for good ventilation. Turn on your furnace or air conditioner, if necessary.
• If mold forms, wipe the wood with a cloth soaked in a mixture of borax dissolved in hot water.
To remove white spots or film, rub the wood surface with a cloth soaked in a solution of 1/2 cup household ammonia and 1/2 cup water. Then wipe the surface dry and polish with wax or rub the surface with a cloth soaked in a solution of 1/2 cup turpentine and 1/2 cup linseed oil. Be careful - turpentine is combustible. Please remember, oily rags can start fires by spontaneous combustion. You do not want another fire. Put all used rags in an airtight metal container like a paint can and place outside away from your home.
You can also rub the wood surface with a fine grade steel wool pad dripped in liquid pol-ishing wax, clean the area with a soft cloth and then buff.
Wash your canned goods in detergent and water. Do the same for food in jars. If the labels come off, be sure you mark the contents on the can or jar with a grease pencil. Don't use canned goods when cans have bulged or are dented or rusted.
If your home freezer has stopped running, you can still save the frozen food:
• Keep the freezer closed. Your freezer has enough insulation to keep food frozen for a least one day - perhaps as many as two or three days.
• Move your food to a neighbor's freezer or commercial freezer firm
• Wrap the frozen food in newspapers and blankets, or use insulated boxes.
If your food has thawed, observe the following procedures:
• Fruits can be refrozen if they still taste and smell good. Otherwise, if the fruits are not spoiled, they can be eaten at once.
• Do not refreeze vegetables if they have thawed completely. Refreeze only if there are ice crystals in the vegetables.
• If your vegetables have thawed and cannot be used soon, throw them out. If you have any doubts whether your vegetables are spoiling, throw them out
• Meats may by re-frozen (if ice crystals remain) but cook thoroughly before eating.
Refrigerators and Freezers
To remove odor from your refrigerator or freezer, wash the inside with a solution of bak-ing soda and water or use one cup of vinegar or household ammonia to one gallon of wa-ter. Some baking soda in an open container or a piece of charcoal can be placed in the refrigerator to absorb odor.
When cleaning or discarding any refrigerator or freezer BE SURE THE DOORS ARE REMOVED OR SECURED AGAINST CLOSING ON A YOUNG CHILD!
Documents are very important to your well-being and can be damaged or destroyed as a result of a fire or other disaster. The following documents should be located if at all pos-sible.
Military Discharge Papers
Stocks and Bonds
Social Security Cards
Title to Deeds
Income Tax Records
Animal Registration Papers
Prepaid Burial Contract
A good investment is a fire-proof safe that is UL rated for a minimum of 1 hour @ 1700°F. This is usually enough time for firefighters to extinguish a blaze. You will then be able to recover your preserved documents when it is deemed safe.
If your U.S. Savings Bonds have been mutilated or destroyed, write to:
U.S. Treasury Department
Bureau of Loans and Currency
537 W. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60605
ATTN: Bond Consultant
Include name(s) and address(s) on bonds, approximate date or time period when purchased, denominations and approximate number of each.
Mutilated currency can be mailed or personally delivered to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. A letter should accompany the submitted currency and give the estimated value of the currency and explain how the currency was mutilated. All mutilated currency should be sent by "Registered Mail, Return Receipt Requested" to: Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Office of Currency Standards, P.O. Box 37048, Washington, D.C. 20013. Insuring the shipment is the responsibility of the sender.
The Bureau's special currency examiners are usually able to determine the value of mutilated currency when it has been carefully packed and boxed as described below:
• Regardless of the condition of the currency, DO NOT disturb the fragments any more than is absolutely necessary.
• If the currency is brittle or inclined to fall apart, pack it carefully in plastic without disturbing the fragments, and place the package in a secure container.
• If the currency was mutilated in a purse, box, or other container, it should be left in the container to protect the fragments from further damage.
• If it is absolutely necessary to remove the fragments from the container, send the container along with the currency and any other contents that may have currency fragments attached.
• If the currency was flat when mutilated, do not roll or fold the notes.
• If the currency was in a roll when mutilated, do not attempt to unroll or straighten it out.
• If coin or any other metal is mixed with the currency, carefully remove it. Any fused, melted, or otherwise mutilated coins should be sent for evaluation to the: Superintendent, U.S. Mint
P. O. Box 400
Philadelphia, PA 19105
If you do not know your insurance agent's phone number or need to find a contact number, then you may find the information you need here at the State's website:
or by calling the:
CONSUMER HELPLINE: 1-800-342-2762
Notify your insurance agent as soon as possible. If you are unable to reach your agent or insurance company, most policies require you to have your home secured against vandalism and looting, and allow advanced funds for your family to find lodging. Keep all receipts, in order to be reimbursed by your insurance company. If possible, do not disturb or remove any items before the insurance adjuster arrives.
Some insurance policies provide for additional living expenses until you are able to move back home. You must keep receipts for all expenditures.
If you are a tenant, contact the resident manager, the owner or the owner's insurance agent. It is the owner's responsibility to prevent further loss to the site. See that your personal belongings are secure either within the building or by moving them to another location, such as the home of a relative or friend. Contact your own insurance agent to report the loss. The property owner's insurance, in most cases, will not cover the loss of your personal belongings.
Insurance and Other Assistance
• Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
• If you are renting, contact the property owner or the owner's insurance company.
• If you are not insured, contact your lawyer or the IRS for directions.
• Contact the American Red Cross for disaster relief services.
Lee County Chapter of the American Red Cross
American Red Cross
Lee County Chapter
6310 Techster Blvd., Suite 7
Fort Myers, FL 33912-4710
If Your Property is not Covered by Insurance
Emergency assistance, including temporary shelter, food, clothing, eye glasses, and medicine is available through the American Red Cross and Salvation Army.