The week of October 9 – 15 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 2016 is “Don’t Wait Check the Date – Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years“.
The Downingtown Fire Dept. hosted the Annual Fire Prevention Open House on Wednesday, October 12th, 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 180 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 440 kindergarten and pre-school children within a two day period, to speak about fire and home safety. The volunteers either visited at the schools 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
- Teach and Learn Day School
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:
- West Bradford Fire Co. – Brush 39
- Chester County Haz Mat Team – Truck 15-1
- Friendship Fire Co. Diving Rescue Unit – Dive Trucks 77-1 and 77-2 with boat
- Craig Snyder of the K9 Detection & Search Foundation – Meadow the Search and Rescue Dog