Local fire departments unite for annual event

Family fire prevention day

Publié le 26 septembre 2017

Representatives from the Huntingdon Fire Department will participate at the annual event.

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Knowing what to do in the event of a fire saves lives. This fact can’t be overstated insists James Gavin of the Constable Volunteer Fire Department. For this reason, six local fire departments are once again uniting for the annual Family Fire Prevention Day, which will take place this year on Saturday, October 7, at Heritage Elementary School in Huntingdon.

Representatives from the Constable Volunteer Fire Department, Godmanchester Volunteer Fire Department, Hinchinbrooke Volunteer Fire Brigade, the Huntingdon Fire Department, Saint-Anicet Fire Department and Sainte-Barbe Fire Department, will all be on hand throughout the morning, which will include fire and water safety activities, participative demonstrations, and important reminders regarding fire alarms and escape routes. The completely bilingual event will begin at 9 am, rain or shine, with fire themed bouncy games for children, followed by demonstrations and hands-on activities. The Huntingdon Optimist Club will also be present with hot dogs and juice for participating families.

"I can’t stress enough the importance of what we are trying to do here," says Mr. Gavin, who has been involved with the annual event since 2000. Armed with an array of statistics suggesting how important it is to have a working fire alarm in the house as well as a well-practiced escape plan, Mr. Gavin solemnly suggests only 1/3 of American families have developed a plan, while 3/5 of fires take place in homes without a working alarm. "Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in half," he says,before adding the sobering fact that "if you are not out of the house in two minutes, you probably won’t get out."

While the facts around fires and fire safety are hard to hear, the goal of the Family Fire Prevention Day is not to scare participants. Rather the aim is to bring these facts to their attention in a proactive way "so when they do find themselves in an emergency, they know what to do," explains Gavin.

With the support of the six different fire departments and their respective municipalities, the Family Fire Prevention Day is an event too important to be missed. For more information, contact: James Gavin, Constable Volunteer Firemen Inc. 450-264-5564; Mario Lemire, Hinchinbrooke Fire Brigade, 450-370-6121; Marc Voyer, SSI Huntingdon FD, 450-264-3311; Joel Trudeau, SSI Ste-Barbe, 450-544-1303; Andrew Macdonald, Godmanchester VFD, 450-370-8215; François Fournier, ST-Anicet FD 450-802-0449.