Staying Safe

Spring Forward and Check Those Smoke Alarms

Spring Forward and Check Those Smoke Alarms

By Ryan Peters, Fire Captain, Aptos La Selva Fire Protection District What a winter we’ve had! Water in the form of rain and snow has been falling all over California since early November. In the Sierras, there have been reports of over 680 inches of snow received this season, which is a truly remarkable figure. […]






No Falling Allowed!

No Falling Allowed!

By Ryan Peters, Captain Aptos/La Selva Fire District In this month’s column, as the rain pours down, I feel it’s a good time of the year to discuss falls and fall prevention among older adults. Our crews at Aptos/La Selva Fire District regularly receive 911 calls for aging adults who are the victim of ground […]






Farewell Captain Disaster

Farewell Captain Disaster

By Ryan Peters, Fire Captain Aptos/La Selva Fire District Back in 2007, Aptos/La Selva Fire Department Captain “Disaster” Mike Conrad began writing a monthly column for the Aptos Times. He reported on all sorts of public safety concerns including fire safety, wild fire and earthquake preparedness, winter storm safety, and summer season safety just to […]






Saying Good Bye

Saying Good Bye

By Mike Conrad, Division Chief Operations, Aptos La Selva Fire Protection District I am finding that this month’s article has been difficult for me to find the correct words. My normal articles are centered on emergency preparedness and the things you should do to protect you, your family and your property. These are all things […]






Holiday Fire Safety

Holiday Fire Safety

By Mike Conrad, Division Chief Operations Aptos La Selva Fire Protection District Can you believe it? The Holidays are fast approaching and along with them I want to address some of the fire safety issues that go with them. First I hope by now you have taken advantage of the good weather and have prepared […]






The Importance of Being Prepared

The Importance of Being Prepared

By Mike Conrad, Division Chief Operations Aptos La Selva Fire Protection District As I write this article I am watching the live feed from the Blue-Cut fire in San Bernardino. This intense fire in a day and a half has consumed 35,000 plus acres and threatened the evacuation of up to 83,000 people. That is […]






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