November 17, 2017

Visit Blackfalds Fire Department at Open House

Imagine you and your family are fast asleep when suddenly the smoke alarm sounds. Do you know what to do?
October 8 — 14, 2017 is Fire Prevention Week, and the perfect time for the Blackfalds Fire Department to remind all households to develop a home escape plan together and practice it. A plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, along with two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place such as a tree, light pole, or mailbox and is a safe distance from the home.
“In a typical home fire, you may only have a few minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is critical; it ensures everyone in the household knows how to use that small amount of time wisely,” said Fire Chief Robert Côté. “This type of pre-planning is what people draw upon to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire.”
As our town grows, so does the need for more equipment, and this year the fire department introduced a new state-of-the-art Rescue / Pumper unit (known as Engine #3) through a joint agreement between the Town and Lacombe County.
“The welcome addition of Engine #3 to our fleet represents our great partnership with Lacombe County,” said Côté. “Not only does this allow us to better serve Blackfalds and Lacombe County, but allows us to further support the surrounding communities when the need arises.”
In support of Fire Prevention Week, come out and join the Blackfalds Fire Department at the Blackfalds Fire Hall (4401 South Street) for an Open House on October 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet your volunteer firefighters, enjoy rides in the fire truck, and more. Don’t forget to bring along a donation for the Blackfalds food bank.
This year the Blackfalds Fire Department has a full roster of 30 fire service members ready to serve the community. The department is always looking to increase its membership and is eager to accept applications from interested residents. Visit https://www.blackfalds.com/town-services/protective-services-enforcement/fire-rescue to learn more.
Special thanks to all volunteer firefighters in the community for the services they provide, and help keep our community safe.
Learn more about fire prevention week and create your plan at http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week or http://www.fiprecan.ca/.

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