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As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, Rochester Fire Department reminds residents: Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!™

Post Date:10/02/2019 12:57 PM

The Rochester Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. Each of the five fire stations will be open to the public on October 9, 10, and 11, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  These are free events and all are welcome to attend. 

NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012 to 2016. 

“The Rochester Fire Department will compassionately solve problems that threaten life, health and property.  As we take this time to celebrate and acknowledge Fire Prevention Week, we are all reminded that situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Chief Eric Kerska. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

The RFD is hosting a series of open house events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”  Each station will be open to the public on October 9, 10 and 11 from 6-8 p.m.  All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The locations include:

  • Fire Station 1: 521 S. Broadway
  • Fire Station 2: 2185 Wheelock Dr NE
  • Fire Station 3: 2755 2nd Street SW
  • Fire Station 4: 1875 41st Street NW
  • Fire Station 5: 305 28th Street SE

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.fpw.org.

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