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Fire Prevention Week Reminds Everyone of Important Safety Measures

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Fire Prevention Week started on October 6, 2019 and just wrapped up on October 12. Local residents got the chance to attend the kick-off event at MacIsland on October 5 and got a first-hand look at the many services available in town.

An estimated 1500 people attended the event, which featured a free barbecue, and bouncy castles for children, who also enjoyed taking fire truck, and emergency vehicle tours.

Abra Hale, Public Education Officer for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Emergency Services explains why the community kick-off event is important.

“We start education very young. We want to make sure children know the basics like stop, drop, and roll, and home escape planning; events like this help with these lessons, and they see the importance of fire safety. We want to be out in every school to reiterate the lessons.”

“We want our residents to have a good time, and interact with our industry partners. We want them to know we live in a safety-oriented community. This event is all about giving back to our community and thanking them for all their support,” added Hale, who celebrates her 10th anniversary with the fire department this December.

Fire Prevention Week has been observed since 1922 as a result of the Great Chicago fire of 1871, which killed 250 people, destroyed 17,400 structures and left 100,000 residents homeless.


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