In support of Fire Prevention Week in October, the Parksville Volunteer Fire Department members will host their annual open house on Sunday, October 15 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Parksville Fire Rescue Training Centre at 1159 Franklins Gull Road, Parksville.
Residents will learn about fire safety including home fire sprinklers, smoke alarms and home escape plans along with educational displays as well as interactive activities where you will learn how to use a fire extinguisher, how to perform CPR, try hose and target practice, and there’s a kids’ bunker gear challenge. The day will feature an auto extrication demonstration at 11 am and at 1.30 pm a side-by-side burn demonstration featuring two similarly furnished rooms; one protected with fire sprinklers and the other without fire sprinklers. The demonstration shows how quickly a fire can become deadly versus the quick response and effectiveness of a fire sprinkler system in controlling or extinguishing a fire.
This year’s fire prevention week theme, “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention,” works to educate about simple but important actions one can take to keep themselves and those around them safe when cooking. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths, and cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
QUOTE - FIRE CHIEF MARC NORRIS
“We encourage residents to embrace this year’s fire prevention week theme, Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention. A cooking fire can grow quickly, I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented. Each year, our members look forward to hosting this open house, an opportunity to share resources to help keep our residents safe.”
RECRUITMENT: We are once again starting to plan for 2024 recruitment, seeking volunteer paid on-call firefighters. For info, stop by Parksville Fire Rescue, call 250 248-3242 or visit here from our website.
MORE INFO: Contact Parksville Fire Rescue at 250 248-3242 for info about Parksville activities. For more general information about fire prevention week and fire prevention in general, visit nfpa.org/fpw, sparky.org, and parksvillefirerescue.ca.