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City takes measures for Fire Prevention week

TONAWANDA - The City of Tonawanda fire department will be visiting schools for National Fire Prevention week from October 8 to 15. The classes will take place in grades pre-K to eighth grade. This also coincides with their open house event from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Tonawanda Fire Headquarters.

Fire Prevention Officer, captain Patrick McNulty said, “We bring the ladder truck over, show a video, do a practice drill and send them home with materials for their parents.”

The materials go over an exit strategy if a fire were ever to occur at home. They want to have two possible exits and a meeting place. He said that they explain not to try to save their favorite toys, but to just get out.

The children will have the opportunity to take place in a raffle to win dinner with on-duty city firefighters at the fire house.

The open house event is open to the public and there will be refreshments for those who attend.

McNulty said they are going to have fire truck rides, a confined space demo, movie room with a fire safety video, thermal imaging camera, offer pictures, fire extinguisher demo, and a ladder truck demo.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association “Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.”

The first national fire prevention day was issued by Woodrow Wilson in 1920 and since 1922 Fire Prevention Week has happened the week that Oct. 9 falls.

According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, “Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.”

For more information about these events you can contact the Tonawanda City Fire department at 692-1275 and for information on Fire Week check out the National Fire Prevention Association website www.nfpa.org.


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