Events Held Throughout the Week to Raise Awareness of Fire Safety for Children and Families

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Fire Department will recognize the week of Oct. 7-13 as Fire Prevention Week. As part of a national campaign to raise awareness of fire safety among children and families, the Syracuse Fire Department (SFD) will host events throughout the community recognizing the importance of fire safety.

“Ensuring Syracuse families are safe in the event of an emergency is a critical priority of the Fire Department,” said Syracuse Fire Chief Michael Monds. “The best way to save lives is by teaching people what to do before a fire happens.”

The fire department will be holding events throughout the city to educate young people about fire safety and preparedness. The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere” to encourage families to look for places fire could start, listen for the sound of the smoke alarm, and learn two ways out of every room.

Events for the week will include:

Tuesday, Oct. 9: Fire Safety Presentation at Catholic Charities – 1654 W. Onondaga St., 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: Mock Rescue and Fire Drill at HW Smith Pre-K-8 School Syracuse firefighters will kick off Fire Prevention Week with the mock rescue of HW Smith Principal Theresa Haley at 9:45 am. HW Smith is located at 1130 Salt Spring Road in Syracuse. Following the rescue, Chief Monds and Principal Haley will hold a press conference highlighting Fire Prevention Week.

Thursday, Oct. 11: Firefighters will visit the St Vincent De Paul Child Day Care Center – 1103 Burnet Ave.

Thursday, Oct. 11: 1st graders from Roberts Pre-K-8 School will tour Fire Station 3 – 808 Bellevue Ave., 10 a.m. to noon

Thursday, Oct. 11: Firefighters will read to 1st graders at Bellevue Elementary School

Friday, Oct. 12: 1st graders from Roberts Pre-K-8 School will tour Fire Station 3 – 808 Bellevue Ave., 10 a.m. to noon

Saturday, Oct. 13: Open House at Fire Station 10 From 11 p.m. to 2 p.m., the community is welcome to visit Fire Station 10 at 2030 East Genesee Street in Syracuse. Educational activities, games, entertainment, and food will be available. Partners for this event include the Syracuse Police Department, Onondaga County Health Department, the American Red Cross, American Medical Response of CNY, and other fire prevention and community organizations. Otto the Orange and Hector the Smoke Detector will be in attendance.

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