The week of October 7 – 13, 2018 is Fire Prevention Week. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), along with the Downingtown Fire Dept. and other safety advocates nationwide are urging people to check the batteries in your smoke detector, review your emergency escape plan with your family and stay fire smart. The national theme for 2018 is “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. – Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.“
The Downingtown Fire Dept. hosted the Annual Fire Prevention Open House on Wednesday, October 10th, from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at both stations in Downingtown, with a great showing of community support. All who attended saw all of our equipment that is used and had an opportunity to speak directly to the volunteer firefighters with their questions about fire safety and fire department operations, in addition to touring our fire station. We estimated that over 450 people visited us at the Alert Fire Station during our Open House!
The Alert Fire Prevention Committee, who took vacation days from their jobs, visited with 480 kindergarten and pre-school children within a two day period, to speak about fire and home safety. The volunteers either visited at the area schools in the West Ward, or the classes made-it, a field trip to the station on W. Pennsylvania Ave.
The Alerts would like to thank the following schools for allowing the children to participate in our Fire Prevention Week activities:
- Beaver Creek Elementary
- Beaver Creek Autistic Support Group
- Lori Petrie’s Preschool
- Messiah Lutheran Church Preschool
- St. Joseph’s Elementary
- Step By Step Preschool
- Bright Futures Early Learning Academy
In addition to the local schools, the Downingtown Fire Dept. would like to thank the following fire and rescue companies for participating in our Annual Fire Prevention Open House Display at the Alert Fire Station:
- Good Will Fire Co. No. 2 of West Chester – Tanker 52
- Chester County Haz Mat Team – Unit 15-1
- Craig Snyder and the ChesCo Search Dogs