Awareness key to fire prevention for Castlegar FD

The Castlegar Fire Department will be hold a fire prevention information demonstration and a boot drive for Muscular Dystrophy

Castlegar firefighters will be at Canadian Tire on Oct. 13 for a fire prevention demonstration and a boot drive for Muscular Dystrophy.

Castlegar firefighters will be at Canadian Tire on Oct. 13 for a fire prevention demonstration and a boot drive for Muscular Dystrophy.

Fire Prevention Week runs Oct. 7 – 13 across Canada. The Castlegar Fire Department will be hold a fire prevention information demonstration and a boot drive for Muscular Dystrophy on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Canadian Tire parking lot.

“We’ll have some demonstrations, some fire apparatus out there and information for the general public,” said Duane Monsen, deputy fire chief.

Fire fighters will be handing out pamplets on how to fire-proof your property, says Monsen.

“Cut back your trees and grass, stuff like that,” he said. “We’ll be talking to kids about stuff like escape plans. What to  do when you hear an alarm.”

The fire department would also like to remind people to check their smoke detectors.

“It’s a good time to check your smoke detectors and batteries,” said Monsen. “We recommend when you change your clocks, you change your batteries. So, twice a year.”

Canadian Tire general manager Nick Ahlefeld  said the event serves two purposes.

“It’s about fire prevention and helping Muscular Dystrophy,” said Ahlefeld, who is also a volunteer Castlegar fire fighter.

“We’re going to be doing our boot drive at the same time. We’ve done it in years past and it’s been very successful for us. Kids like it because they get to play on the fire trucks. We have fire safety books, stickers, tattoos, and all that kind of stuff for the kids.”

 

For the older crowd, the fire fighters will be talking about smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.