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BRFA sets up open house for fire prevention week

Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority is welcoming the public into the 5th station hall for an open house today.

Division Chief Alicia Krawchuk says it’s always exciting to be able to educate the public on something that can help potentially save lives. 

“It is our opportunity to welcome the public into the fire hall, meet the firefighters, learn about what the firefighters do, and most importantly learn about fire prevention and safety.”

Krawchuk says the open house is a great way to help raise awareness for fire safety and to form a stronger bond with the community.

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The open house has a grand prize waiting for one lucky winner in the form of a mini-sized fire truck. Tickets to the draw can be bought through donations to this year’s Christmas food hampers which are being accepted at the open house.

This year’s National Fire Prevention week’s theme is ‘Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.’

“What we want to do is encourage households to plan ahead if there was a fire in the residents and where they would go to escape and meet up.”

Krawchuk says fire safety is something that needs to be taught at a young age. She says they have made multiple trips to the elementary schools trying to teach kids how to respond and get them familiar with what firefighters do.

She says if you find yourself in a burning residence to stay low, avoid heading towards flames, stay outside the building once you have left, and finally call 911. The Division Chief also asks anyone who sees a building on fire to call 911 and keep a safe distance.

The open house will run from 4 to 8 pm Tuesday, and has door prizes and a free BBQ for everyone in attendance.

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