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Fire safety blitz slated

By Duane Hicks, Staff writer
Fort Frances Times Ltd.

While encouraging fire safety is always part of their mandate, the Fort Frances Fire/Rescue Service will be doing a little more to get its message out to local residents during Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10).
Fort Frances Fire Chief Gerry Armstrong will make a presentation to town council regarding Fire Prevention Week at its regular meeting tonight.

Then the fire department will be at Canadian Tire this Saturday (Oct. 3) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to get a jump on Fire Prevention Week.
Canadian Tire once again is a sponsor of Fire Prevention Week activities here and across Canada all next week.
Fire trucks will be on display there, as well as fire prevention displays, an information booth, and lots of giveaways.
Kids also can enter a draw for a chance to win a mountain bike and other prize packs.
As well, firefighters will be visiting elementary schools all next week to meet with students and spread their message of fire prevention (see the double-page ad in Wednesday’s Times for a schedule of the visits).
Chief Armstrong said this morning that the fire department’s message never really changes, but noted Fire Prevention Week is when they promote it in conjunction with other agencies across North America.
“We just want to say to the residents that fire prevention is year-round,” he stressed. “Homeowners have certain responsibilities to
ensure their homes are fire safe, with working smoke alarms and escape plans.
“Beyond that, be aware, be conscious. A fire can strike any time.
“We’ve been pretty fortunate through 2009. We’ve not had any serious or major fires, and that’s a good thing,” Chief Armstrong added.
“That’s a reflection of people being aware and people doing the right things.”

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