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92nd CES observes fire prevention week

A 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department  fire truck stands on display at Miller Park during National Fire Prevention Week at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 7, 2019.

A 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department fire truck stands on display at Miller Park during National Fire Prevention Week at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 7, 2019. The Fairchild Fire Department is focused on emergency response during aircraft mishaps, but also presides over all the buildings on base and helps respond to fire calls within the local Spokane community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Gomez)

Zachary Hedquist, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector, demonstrates the dangers of leaving a stove top unattended in the smoke trailer simulator at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 7, 2019.

Zachary Hedquist, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector, demonstrates the dangers of leaving a stove top unattended in the smoke trailer simulator at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 7, 2019. The smoke trailer simulator is a teaching tool for firefighters to show children the fire risks in a home and how to evacuate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Gomez)

Staff Sgt. Logan Crytzer, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, shows base children how firefighters use fire hoses to put out a house fire at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 8, 2019.

Staff Sgt. Logan Crytzer, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, shows base children how firefighters use fire hoses to put out a house fire at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 8, 2019. Team Fairchild fire fighters participate in the National Fire Prevention Week alongside other fire houses across the country to help raise awareness of fire safety and to encourage families to plan for emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Gomez)

Michael-Anderson Elementary School students practice an evacuation drill inside a smoke trailer simulator during National Fire Prevention Week at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 7, 2019.

Michael-Anderson Elementary School students practice an evacuation drill inside a smoke trailer simulator during National Fire Prevention Week at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 7, 2019. This year’s National Fire Prevention Week theme is ‘Not every hero wears a cape, plan and practice your home escape,’ which focuses on families developing and practicing emergency escape plans at home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Gomez)

Sparky the Fire Dog, 92nd Civil Engineer Fire Department mascot, greets children at the Fire Prevention Week carnival at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 7, 2019

Sparky the Fire Dog, 92nd Civil Engineer Fire Department mascot, greets children at the Fire Prevention Week carnival at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Oct. 7, 2019. Sparky has been the mascot for the National Fire Protection Association since the 1950’s and continues to be the symbol for U.S. fire departments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Gomez)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. --

The 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters celebrated National Fire Prevention Week on base with a variety of activities for Team Fairchild residents to promote fire safety, Oct. 9 - 12.

 

Activities included a carnival, parade, multiple tours of the fire house and fire engines, story time with Sparky the Fire Dog and a smokehouse trailer experience for children to practice fire emergency evacuation drills in a simulated smoke-filled room.

 

“We want to educate younger kids on what to do in case of a fire when their families aren’t around to hold their hand throughout the whole thing,” said Staff Sgt. Trey Murray, 92nd CES firefighter.

 

The National Fire Protection Association has a different theme each year to promote a specific fire safety strategy during Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is ‘Not every hero wears a cape, plan and practice your home escape,’ which focuses on families developing and practicing emergency escape plans at home.

 

 

“This year’s campaign works to celebrate people of all ages who learn about home fire escape planning and practice, bring that information home, and spur their families to action,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy.

 

The Fairchild Fire Department participates in Fire Prevention Week as a way to be proactive in the community, while also educating Airmen and their families on fire safety.

 

“I think families can make safe decisions by teaching their kids escape plans, not to play with matches and lighters, the typical fire prevention lessons,” said Zachary Hedquist, 92nd CES fire inspector. “It’s the duty of this fire department to reach out to the community and talk about risk reduction. We want to be proactive, not reactive with fire safety.”

 

For more information about Fire Prevention week and being proactive in creating a fire emergency home escape plan, visit www.firepreventionweek.org or contact the Fairchild Air Force base Fire Prevention Office at (509) 247-5215.