Staying Safe

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 […]






Fire or Rain, Being Prepared is Still the Same

Fire or Rain, Being Prepared is Still the Same

By Mike Conrad This is always the most difficult time for me to write an article about safety precautions and preparedness. We are still in fire season and as we all know, September and October can be some of the warmest times of the year. So reminding everyone to maintain their defensible space and keeping […]






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 […]






Defensible Space and Hardening your Home

Defensible Space and Hardening your Home

By Mike Conrad, Aptos La Selva Fire District You have completed all of the necessary steps to provide you and your home with the defensible space necessary to help firefighters protect your home in the event of a wild fire. You have seen to it that your roof and rain gutters have been cleared of […]






‘The Rockets’ Red Glare, Bombs Bursting In Air…’

‘The Rockets’ Red Glare, Bombs Bursting In Air…’

By Mike Conrad, Division Chief Operations Aptos La Selva Fire Protection District The Star Spangled Banner is just an example of how fireworks are a part of America’s history. Unfortunately, this time honored tradition often brings about devastating fires, personal injury, and even death. With the Fourth of July approaching, I (like other Americans) look […]






Getting Ready for a Wildland Fire

Getting Ready for a Wildland Fire

By Mike Conrad, Aptos La Selva Fire Protection District I have written a lot about wildland fire preparedness. Let’s face it, the most important thing we can do is take steps to prevent or minimize the fire risk to your property. But let’s take it to the next step; you are faced with a wildland […]






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