Fire dept. event promoting safe techniques, prevention

By Joe Beck

The Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services is focusing on home fire safety as it prepares for the 7th Annual Fire Prevention Kick-Off from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department, 221 North Commerce Ave.

Two live fire demonstrations are among the planned activities. The demonstrations, which involve mock-ups of a bedroom and a living room, are intended to show the destruction caused by the rapid spread of an initially small fire.

Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie called the fire demonstrations “a big crowd pleaser” at past kick-offs.

“It seems to get people really interested,” Mabie said.

Other planned demonstrations include creation of a fire escape plan; exit drills; stop, drop and roll exercises; proper use of home fire extinguishers; crawling low under smoke; and proper testing and maintenance of smoke alarms.

The kick-off coincides with the beginning of National Fire Prevention Week 2014. Mabie said the goal is to reduce fires and related injuries and deaths by promoting home safety techniques.

The kick off will be accompanied by an open house from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Warren County Station 6, formerly known as the Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department, at 6363 Howellsville Road.

The medical helicopter AirCare 4 is scheduled to land at the station around 1 p.m., weather permitting. Smokey the Bear will also be appearing.

Mabie said he hopes the events at both locations will encourage people to join up as volunteers.

“We’ll have applications there, and we’ll have some of our recruiters at both events to talk to people about joining,” Mabie said.

Mabie said he hopes as many as 2,000 will attend the kick-off and open house if the weather forecast of clear skies and temperatures in the 60s holds.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com