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Sharing an important fire safety message

PENHOLD – Having a plan of escape during a fire can save lives. This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 6 to 12 is Plan and Practice your Escape. It’s a message local fire departments are urging families to do.
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The Penhold Fire Department has about 35 fire fighters this year. Back row on the truck firefighter/association Mark Linski Back row from left is: Fire Chief Jim Pendergast, probationary fire fighter Blake Cook, fire cadet Josh, fire cadet Arland, firefighter Quinlan Parsons, firefighter/cadet assistant Ryan Clarke, firefighter/honour guard William Fulford, firefighter/maintenance Warren Kitteringham, firefighter/IT Ryan O’Donoghue, firefighter/building maintenance Jessy Rochette, Fire Captain Josh Wilson, Fire Prevention Officer Stephanie Vanbeselaere, probationary firefighter Chris Caissie, Fire Lieutenant Max Johnston, Deputy Fire Chief Sean Pendergast, Fire Inspector Mike Klitch, Fire Captain Shawn Flight. Front row from left is: firefighter Victor Tam, fire cadet Tyler, fire cadet Logan, probationary firefighter Kaili Redlick, probationary firefighter Ploi Pankiw, firefighter/quartermaster Nicole Thomson, fire cadet Jordan, fire cadet Maddie, fire cadet Easton, fire cadet Nolan Missing from the picture Fire Lieutenants Jamie Southwell, Gord Meek, Medical Officer Justin Graham, firefighter/quartermasters Bailey McKay, Joe Haineault, firefighter/cadet coordinator Brittany Evans, firefighter/equipment Carter Carson, firefighters Shane Andres, Tyler Berry, Cierra Carson, Brandon Dahlgren, Kaleb Hughes, Jason LaFournie, Jamie Parker, Claton Rafuse, Kyle Rogers, Dayna Starecki, probationary firefighters Justine Balesdent, Jason Adler, Derek Hutchins, probationary firefighter

PENHOLD – Having a plan of escape during a fire can save lives.

This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 6 to 12 is Plan and Practice your Escape.

It’s a message local fire departments are urging families to do.

"Always know your way out and have that discussion with your family. (Know) where to go if there is a fire and how to get out," said Stephanie Vanbesleaere, fire prevention and education officer with the Penhold Fire Department.

Penhold firefighters share that message with students and the community through events and outreach.

"Every year during Fire Prevention Week, we go into the schools and we give a presentation on fire prevention, talk to students about fire safety, planning their escape and doing stop, drop and roll," said Vanbesleaere, noting families should practise their fire escape plan every month.

Penhold fire Chief Jim Pendergast said students play an important role when it comes to fire prevention at home.

"We get them to take that message home to their families and that's what we want,” said Pendergast. “This year the theme is about practising an escape plan at home.”

Pendergast is also reminding people to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms twice a year and test smoke alarms every month.

"If people call us at 403-886-4553 we'll come out and help them with their (smoke and carbon monoxide) alarm. If they can't afford to replace their alarm, we'll replace it for them," said Pendergast. “It's the law. It's a provincial requirement that you have a working smoke alarm on every level and in every sleeping area.

"We know for sure the best way to save lives is to have a working smoke alarm and have a plan to get out," he said. "That's what this year is all about,” Pendergast concluded.