Barriere Fire Department to hold open house for Fire Prevention Week

‘It’s open to everyone, it’s free to attend and, yeah, we always like to meet everyone there’

By Beth Audet

The Barriere Fire Department is holding an open house in recognition of Fire Prevention Week.

Everybody is encouraged to come to the fire station on Barriere Town Road starting at 6:30 p.m., this Thursday, Oct. 11.

Fire chief Ashley Wohlgemuth said the goal is to educate the public about fire and fire safety, but also to engage with residents and let them know they’re there.

It’s an opportunity to “just be out in the public a little bit more,” she said.

The event is for everyone – adults and kids alike.

The “biggest hit” of previous open houses is returning: fire truck tours and rides.

There will also be hot dogs available by donation, to support the Smokey Bear Canadian Forestry Association, and a mini firefighter challenge for the kids.

Wohlgemuth said her firefighters are organizing the challenge, themselves, and have kept the details secret from her.

“They’re keeping it a surprise for me,” she laughed. “It’s going to be news to me, too.”

Wohlgemuth and her team will be available to chat with or answer any questions about fire safety.

“It’s open to everyone, it’s free to attend and, yeah, we always like to meet everyone there,” she said.

Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 7 to 13. in Canada and the U.S. and strives to raise awareness about fire danger and educate people about prevention.

The Fire Prevention Week Association’s theme for 2018 is: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.”

Look for places fire can start

Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm

Learn two ways out of each room

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, go to firepreventionweek.org.

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