NEWPORT CITY – October is Fire Prevention Month and Sunday starts Fire Prevention Week. To kick them off right, city firefighters will open their station to the public.
Any Orleans County resident may attend the open house, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents will be able to sit in a trailer that resembles what a house filled with smoke is like, tour the station, interact with firefighters, see the equipment and enjoy refreshments.
This past week, students from Newport City Elementary, Coventry Village School and United Christian Academy toured the fire station. They sat in a fire truck and learned about fire safety and about what to do if a home catches fire.
“Public education is part of being in the fire service,” said Department Capt. John Harlamert. “It’s our job to try to put us out of business.”
Fire safety is something many people take for granted, but it’s something everyone needs to be aware of. Everyone, young and old, needs to take fire safety serious. Every year, many people are injured, burned or killed.
The fire service is more than fighting fires, Harlamert said.
“We’re the catch all,” he said. “If there isn’t somebody designated to take care of a circumstance, they call the fire department.”
Besides fires, firefighters deal with water rescues, carbon monoxide alarms, motor vehicle accidents and hazardous material incidents.