This week is national fire prevention week across the nation. Fire departments have been busy educating both children and adults on how to be safe in and around the home.
Shrewsbury Volunteers have been busy all week conducting fire prevention drills and lectures in local schools, day care centers and at Station 61. Today was the big day. From 08:30 to 2:30 pm our personnel and equipment were at the Shrewsbury Elementary School conducting classes for all of the students from Kindergarten to sixth grade. Fire drills were conducted and a show and tell session occurred in the afternoon outside with the fire apparatus. Over 500 kids were in attendance at the school.
Tonight was our annual Fire Prevention Open House at Station 61. Fire equipment, tools, fire fighting gear, medical and rescue equipment were on display. Visitors were able to see and actually use some of the firefighting equipment on display. The crowds also enjoyed our annual fire engine rides. Our two engines and an engine from Eureka Fire Co. (Stewartstown) provided over 225 people the ability to see what it’s like to ride in a fire engine. The evening was very busy but productive.
During the open house event Mayor Pete Schnabel, representing the Shrewsbury Borough Council, presented the Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company with Resolution of Appreciation. The council passed Resolution #2015-03 which stated how much the Shrewsbury Borough Council appreciated the time, effort and professionalism of the Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company. Our department was very grateful for this recognition and thanks all for the award.
So far this week Shrewsbury Volunteers have interacted with over 800 children and we still have four more sessions to go with local day care centers. The members and officers of the Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company wish to thank all of the citizens who came out to our fire prevention details this week. If we can provide information and skills to save one life then it was worth the time and effort.
Remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors the first weekend of November when the clocks are moved back.