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Are you ready for a kitchen fire?

Wednesday, 09 October 2013. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Are you ready for a kitchen fire?

There’s something special about donning a shiny fireman’s hat. Ashton and other Horace Allen School students had a chance to do just that when Crowsnest Fire Department members visited on Monday. Brad Quarin photo


Are you prepared for a kitchen fire?

By Brad Quarin

Local fire departments are joining others across North America this week in observing Fire Prevention Week. But shouldn’t every week be Fire Prevention Week?

Safety is important year-round, but Pincher Creek’s fire prevention officer, Pat Neumann, says this is a special chance for departments to raise awareness of their presence in the community. It’s also a great time for education. “It allows us the opportunity to get the message out more,” he says.

To that end, on Monday and Tuesday, Crowsnest Pass firefighters visited Horace Allen School and Isabelle Sellon School to talk to students about fire prevention. Students were shown a video with helpful tips from everyone’s favourite meerkat and warthog, Timon and Puumba.

Tonight, this will be followed by an open house at the Blairmore fire station, says deputy fire chief Jamie Wilkinson. The open house runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

This year, the focus of Fire Prevention Week is kitchen fires, so the firefighters will have a kitchen fire demonstration for people to see. They’ll be setting a fire to teach you things to avoid doing. There will also be a rope rescue demonstration and children will be able to try hitting targets with a fire hose!

For $2, firefighters will serve you a hotdog and pop at the open house, with the money going to fight muscular dystrophy. That’s a cause fire departments in Canada and the U.S. have championed for years, Jamie says.

Everyone is welcome to the Blairmore open house, and it’s a great chance to learn how to prevent kitchen fires and how to use a fire extinguisher.

Pincher Creek’s fire department is also sending staff to schools to talk to children about fire safety and show them videos, Pat says. This includes Livingstone School in Lundbreck. During the visits, firefighters will hand out entry forms that students can fill out to possibly win an iPad.

The open house for Pincher Creek’s firehall will be on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. It will be a chance for people to come and meet the firefighters of Pincher Creek and maybe a couple from Beaver Mines.

Visitors will also be able to see the equipment firefighters use, ask questions and see how a firehall operates.

Pat has a few fire safety tips, including changing the batteries for smoke detectors, turning pot handles in when using the stove and turning burners off when done cooking.

At the Piikani Nation, the Peigan fire department will visit Peigan School this week to distribute material that children can take home to their parents. Fire Chief Floyd Provost says students will also be touring the station, so they can look around and hold onto a fire hose when it’s turned on.



Kindergarten students Sydney, left, and Daniel reach out to firefighter Kelvin Patton while fire chief Jamie Wilkinson explains the suit.




Jesse is excited to try on the fire helmet!




Daniel gives the firefighter's visit a thumbs up







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