Blood Pressure Checks
The Keizer Fire District offers free blood pressure checks weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fire Station located at 661 Chemawa Rd NE right off River Rd N. You will be given a wallet-size blood pressure check card where your blood pressure can be recorded for each visit. This data can be then relayed to your physician if needed. Although appointments are not necessary, the Fire District staff may be out-of-quarters on an EMS or Fire call. Please feel free to stop by as often as necessary.
Prudent heart living is a lifestyle that may minimize the risk of future heart disease. One of the components that make up prudent heart living is maintaining a normal blood pressure. Blood pressure is defined as pressure in the circulatory system that is required to maintain a normal blood flow. The arterial blood pressure obtained with a Blood Pressure cuff is actually two pressures, the systolic and diastolic. These are the pressures against the walls of the arteries when the heart is contracting and relaxing. Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury. The normal blood pressure for an adult is approximately 120/80. However, a “normal” blood pressure can vary for individuals depending on many factors, age, size, medications, fitness, level, etc. Uncontrolled high blood pressure, called hypertension is associated with a greater risk of heart attack. Hypertension often referred to as the silent killer because many times there are no outward signs. Untreated hypertension increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, and kidney failure.
Although the underlying cause of high blood pressure in most patients is unknown, the good news is that it usually can be controlled. Treatment includes diet changes, increased exercise, and possibly medication. Important reasons for having period blood pressure checks is to see if you could possibly be at a high risk and/or to insure that any blood pressure medication that is being taken is effectively controlling any problems.
Out of town or just plain lost?
Stop by the fire station for location information. Any Keizer firefighter will be happy to assist you.
Visit your Neighborhood Fire Station! Here’s what we can do for you:
Fire station tours are available to Scout Groups, School Groups, Preschool/Elementary Groups, and other community groups. They are an excellent way to gain first-hand knowledge about the in’s an out’s of life in a fire station.
Upon arrival visitors are greeted by a “tour guide” (Keizer Firefighter). The visit starts inside the station with a peek at where firefighters live and sleep when they are on duty.
The visitors see bunk rooms, exercise rooms, living rooms and a kitchen! Then it’s outside to the bay area to see the trucks. Visitors are amazed at the size of the wheels and length of the hoses. They view the inside of a truck and see the headphones firefighters use to communicate as they are driving.
Visitors can experience the lights and sirens that sound each time the fire truck leaves for an emergency response.
Finally, as firefighters show their bunker gear (special clothes worn to protect them from a fire) and dress-up, fully outfitted in bunker gear, visitors learn to recognize a firefighter as a “safe” person who may help them escape from a fire.
Kid Friendly Rules:
- The firefighter is the “Boss.” What he or she says goes.
- One adult, minimum, stays with every 8-10 students.
- Go only where the firefighter says you can go.
- Ask before you touch.
- No horseplay. Those disrupting the tour will be removed.
- Listen. Ask questions. Learn. Have fun.
Who Do You Call or Email?
Fill out the request form at the bottom of this page.
What We Need From You!
- Date you would like to visit
- Time you would like to visit
- Number of persons in your group
- Approximate age of visitors
- Any special purpose or needs associated with your visit
- Telephone the Keizer Fire District to setup your visit and confirm arrangements.
- The public may schedule a visit between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- Large groups with young children must assure an adequate number of chaperones.
- If driving to the fire station, please park your vehicle so that it does not block the rapid response of a Fire Engine or Ambulance to an emergency.
- Visitors are permitted only when Firefighters are at the Station. The need for the men and women to attend mandatory drills, participate in training classes, complete fire station duties and perform inspections may cause a limit or adjustment to the time spent with visitors.
- Visits may be abruptly ended if personnel must respond to an emergency!
We look forward to your visit!