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Orange Fire Department hosting fire prevention open house



Staff Writer
Thursday, October 11, 2018

ORANGE — The fire department is set to host their third annual open house to educate the community on fire prevention steps they can take, as part of National Fire Prevention Week 2018 Saturday, Oct. 13.

The community is welcome to join the department at the fire station on Water Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be activities for kids, fire prevention handouts and various demonstrations. Fire Chief James Young said the event is part of the department’s fire prevention programs and community outreach, along with their childhood education curriculum.

“There is always something that changes throughout the year, whether it is people or equipment so we plan on (hosting the event) annually to showcase the changes and advancements we are making as an organization,” Young said about the event.

In past years demonstrations have included how a vehicle extrication is completed, K9 demonstrations and a live fire demonstration to highlight how quickly a fire spreads inside a room.

“We also show new equipment that we’ve obtained throughout the year to show people where their tax dollars are going and the services available to them as a community,” said Young.

This year’s National Fire Prevention Week, hosted by the National Fire Protection Association, plans to focus on the theme “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” According to the organization’s website, NFPA partners with local fire departments across North America in order to promote the campaign in their own communities. National Fire Prevention Week 2018 runs from Oct. 7 to Oc. 13.

Young said the Orange Fire Department receives educational pamphlets and posters that reinforce NFPA’s message to hand out during the open house.

Other local organizations, such as the Lions Club, police department and highway department assist with volunteering and operation of the event.

“There are a lot of people involved to make this happen,” said Young.

The event also allows the fire department to meet prospective employees from the community.

“We always usually every year get one or two people who are interested in joining our department – it is a chance for us to recruit people who want to serve their community,” said Young.


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