Yarmouth Hosts Annual Fire Prevention Week Open House

YARMOUTH – The Yarmouth Fire Department wrapped up Fire Prevention Week Saturday with their 12th annual Open House at the Buck Island Road Station.

Despite the weather, the open house drew hundreds of attendees of all ages for games, food, and demonstrations relating to fire safety. Children at the event were given the opportunity to explore fire trucks and tools, operate a firehose, see the Jaws of Life in action, play in several bounce houses, and knock a firefighter into a dunk tank.

“We wanted to send the message out to all the families that we want everybody to be safe and this is just a great [end] to prevention week and why we do it.” Said Yarmouth Fire Chief Philip Simonian.

Fire officials were quick to thank the community for their support in making the event a success yet again.

“Papa Gino’s has been supporting open houses for years, and the local True Value Hardware has donated the bouncy houses, and the popcorn maker, and the hot dogs, and all sorts of things,” said YFD Captain Inspector James Armstrong, “We could have done it without them, they’ve been fantastic.”

Fire Prevention Week has been a national initiative led by the National Fire Protection Association for nearly a century, encouraging the public to have a plan in the event of an emergency.

The Theme of this year’s week was “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” and Armstrong says that that is a very important message, “The theme for this year is 2 ways out so that means that you should always have two ways out of your house or room in case you can’t go out the door you can go out a window or you should have other alternate route. No matter where you are there should be two ways out.”

By DAVID BEATTY, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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