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Local youths got to be a firefighter for the evening

The Lloydminster Fire Department caps Fire Prevention Week off by opening their doors to the community. At Station Two, families got a peek into the life of a firefighter on Thursday.

The Lloydminster Fire Department held their annual open house for Fire Prevention Week. Residents were invited to tour the fire station, people saw fire fighting equipment and meet their local firefighters. 

Fire Chief Jordan Newton says the evening was for the community, they get to interact with the fire department and ask them questions to get to know them better.  

Firefighters extended the ladder out on a truck during the open house. – 106.1 The Goat/True Lazariuk

“This week, through the daytime, we’ve been through a lot of schools, talking to classes and children about home fire safety and our fire prevention message. As well, in the evenings, we’ve been doing our home safety checks. That’s when we go door to door, in neighborhoods, and just talk about common causes of fire and what to do to mitigate them.”

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This year’s theme is Not Every Hero Wears a Cape, and Plan and Practice your Escape. In the station, they had junior firefighter helmets for kids to wear. They were also giving out material that had fire safety tips.   

“Fire Prevention Week is really important to us. It’s a time that we get to concentrate just on our fire prevention message and just on one theme; to really try and drive home the importance of being prepared and planning if anything bad was to happen, so this year’s prevention theme is home escape plan,” comments Chief Newton.

During the evening, kids could get their photo taken on a fire truck. They also had a cut-out of a house and fire in the windows; kids, with the help of a firefighter, got to shoot water and put out the fire.

Fire Prevention Week happens every year during the fall.

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