BFD promotes Fire Prevention Week
By By ROBERT BLANKENSHIP – Managing Editor
The firefighters with the Brewton Fire Department are often doing one of two things: fighting fires or training to fight fires. But, this week, they are taking time to work with the community on preventing fires and teaching them what to do in emergencies.
This latest effort is part of Fire Prevention Week, observed Oct. 6 through Oct. 12. Local fire officials have several programs planned for the week, including visiting local schools and hosting an open house on Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to noon.
According to BFD Chief Lawrence Weaver, Fire Prevention Week offers his department an opportunity to work with local residents to prevent life-threatening fires.
Among the most important of this week's events will be an effort to help local residents update and maintain their fire alarms. The Brewton Fire Department offers free smoke alarms and batteries to families and are encouraging everyone to check their alarms.
Weaver said the fire alarm program in Brewton has been working well and he hoped that local residents would take advantage of it.
Firefighters will be taking their message of fire prevention and safety to local children as they plan to visit local schools throughout the week. Local students will get the opportunity to, not only learn about fire safety, but to see specialized fire equipment and, of course, the fire engine.
Weaver said that sometimes children can do more to convince adults about fire safety than a firefighter can.
The fire department will host its annual open house event where community members are invited to meet with firefighters and learn more about fire safety.
The open house will be visited by at least one out-of-towner as fire prevention mascot "Sparky" will be on hand to meet with children. The event will also feature a "smokehouse" that will give people an idea of what it is like to be inside a burning house.
In addition to these activities, the fire department, along with others across the nation, will fly its flag at half mast on Sunday, Oct. 6 to honor fallen firefighters.
For more information or to schedule a fire safety demonstration, contact Weaver at the Brewton Fire Department at 867-7165.