Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Prince Rupert Fire/Rescue observes Fire Prevention Week

While this is Fire Prevention Week across North America,
Prince Rupert Fire/Rescue reminds residents to think Fire Safety year round

While Fire Safety is a topic of interest for all fifty two weeks of the year, the second week of October this year has been marked to hail the work of Fire Departments across the province as BC observes Fire Prevention Week.

For Prince Rupert, that probably will mean more than a few trips to local schools this week as the city's Fire Fighters share the word on safety with students of SD52 and offer up some safety tips for them to take back home to their parents or guardians.

Every second counts is the theme for this week with Fire Departments from across Canada and the United States reminding residents to have an escape plan handy should they need to escape from a dangerous situation in their homes.

Fire Professionals offer up these seven key points towards developing a plan for your home:

Draw a floor plan of your home showing all doors and windows. 

Find 2 ways out of every room. 

Make sure windows and doors are not blocked. 

Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home. 

Push the test button to sounds the smoke alarm. 

Practice your drill with everyone in your home. 

Get outside to your meeting place.

Some background on that planning comes from Province of British Columbia with this item on home safety.

The National Fire Protection Agency has also created a video presentation, with Sparky the Fire Dog leading the way to providing for a home escape plan.

More from the NFPA on Fire Safety can be reviewed here.

The week will also be observed in Port Edward, where that community's Volunteer Fire and Rescue service stands ready to serve when called.

The Prince Rupert Fire/Rescue Ladder truck stands ready to respond

As the Prince Rupert Fire/Rescue service makes their tour of the city this week, it offers an opportunity to show off some of the latest acquisitions by the Department when it comes to fire fighting apparatus.

As we noted on the blog last month, the Prince Rupert Department recently took possession of their newest vehicle a pumper truck that has now been introduced into service.

You can learn more about the history of the Prince Rupert Fire Department at the museum adjacent to the city's Fire Hall on 1st Avenue West,  some background on that popular local attraction can be reviewed here, as well as from their Facebook page.

Fire Prevention week runs through until October 14th.

For more notes related to Emergency Responders across the Northwest see our archive page here.

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