It’s that time of year again; the air is cool, the leaves are turning and Sparky is in town. Sparky the Fire Dog is the mascot of the National Fire Protection Association and he’ll be in the Tri-Town for Fire Prevention week, which is October 7 to 13 this year. The theme of Fire Prevention week is “Have two ways out,” which stresses the importance of knowing where the two closest exits are at all times so you can escape should an emergency arise.
The Marion Fire Department will have new events at their open house this year, which is being held on Sunday, October 7 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be motor vehicle extrication demonstrations at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, a ladder truck presentation, stove fire presentation and antique fire truck rides. The Department will also be offering Basic First Aid and you can have your blood pressure taken, as well as Fire Fighter games for the public to participate in. Refreshments will be served and Sparky will be on hand, so be sure to bring your camera.
In Mattapoisett the local Kindergarten classes will be visiting the Fire Station on Wednesday October 10th and the department will be running presentations at preschools in the upcoming weeks.
The Mattapoisett Fire Department will be hosting an open house on Thursday, October 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. They plan to have games, pizza, prizes and of course fire engines! Some of the activities planned include having demonstrations in the Safe House, which helps teach children what to do in case of a fire. A Jaws of Life demonstration is also in the works where members of the department will show visitors how they can use special tools to take apart cars to get inside quickly.
By Paul Lopes