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Fire Chief for a Day

IMG_0455With Fire Prevention Week October 4-10, 2015 came the opportunity for elementary students to be Fire Chief for a Day!  Congratulations to students: Cyler Hodges from Peter Greer, Phoenix Drinkwater from Oyama Traditional, and Zach Witzel from Davidson Road elementary schools.

These students were each picked up at their home Tuesday, October 13th in a fire truck, had breakfast at Tim Horton’s and met with Lake Country Fire Chief Steve Windsor to be presented with a certificate before being driven to school.  Fire Inspector, Eric DeGelder presented the students with a commemorative T-shirt and Sparky the Fire dog was on hand to give high fives all around.  A parent and sibling were also invited to participate along with each Fire Chief for a Day.

The 2015 Fire Prevention Week theme is:  “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm

Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm” is the message fire and life safety educators have been promoting during Fire Prevention Week 2015.

Lake Country Fire Department visited the Montessori daycare and offered a fire truck tour and family safety information; and provided information on the “Home and Alone” program – focused on fire safety for young people – to the Lake Country Boys and Girls Club afterschool program during Fire Prevention Week.  A grade 3 program about fire safety in the home  is usually run each spring at the elementary schools.

From October 4-10, 2015, fire departments from across Canada and the United States work to raise public awareness about the dangers of fire and how to prevent it. The aim of the 2015 Fire Prevention Week campaign is to raise awareness and keep your family safe with a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out!

Fire Prevention week quick facts:

  • Established in Canada in 1919, Fire Prevention Week is an annual event centred around Oct. 8, the anniversary of one of the most significant fires in North America, the 1871 Chicago Fire.
  • The main objective of Fire Prevention Week is to raise awareness concerning fire safety and to keep the public informed.
  • Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?
  • Smoke alarms save lives. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!

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