Fire department raising awareness with fire prevention week

Photo:  Fire fighters show the proper technique when using a fire extinguisher – file photo

 

The Fort St. John Fire Department will be blazing through town for Fire Prevention Week.
The aptly named theme for this year’s week of events is ‘Smoke Alarms: A sound you can live with’.

Despite not having a parade kicking off this year’s week of events, the three fire departments from Charlie Lake, Taylor, and Fort St. John will be hosting a barbecue at the Canadian Tire parking lot on Saturday, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The barbecue will be by donation, with the money going towards the department’s burn fund, says Fire Prevention Officer Greg Nicoll. Nicoll says there will also be various fire prevention items on display for the public, such as emergency lights, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

He says people will have the opportunity to use a fire extinguisher on a live fire and the department will also have a live fire demonstration.

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Furthermore, Nicoll says they will have various fire trucks available for the public to view, along with a fire safety house which allows children to practice exiting a house in case of a fire.

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Throughout next week, firefighters will be visiting schools and giving presentations to students.
On Wednesday evening, the department is encouraging residents to practice their fire evacuation plans and firefighters will be in and around the neighbourhood surrounding C.M. Finch Elementary School and will be available to speak with residents about their safety plans.

The final event will be a draw for ‘Fire Chief for the Day’ on Oct.8. Nicoll says one lucky student will be chosen to take on the role. The student’s prize will consist of being driven to and from school in a fire truck and having lunch at the Fire Hall with both the Fire Chief and the Mayor.

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