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Firefighters Hosting Fire Safety Expo

Family event kicks off with pancake breakfast on Saturday.

Here's information provided by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department:

The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD) joins the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in recognizing Fire Prevention Week from October 7 through October 13. In observance of this important week, LPFD will host a free Fire Safety Expo on Saturday, October 13, 2012. The event will be held at the Fire Training Tower located at 3301 Busch Road in Pleasanton from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,640 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage.  According to the NFPA, one-third of American households estimate they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening.  Unfortunately, the time available to escape is often less.

This year’s campaign focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.

“Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility and this event will provide families with the necessary information necessary to protect them” stated LPFD Fire Marshal Scott Deaver.

The event will feature giveaways, firefighter demonstrations, fire escape planning, information on fire safety, and much more. The public can take a tour of the Fire Safety Trailer and Training Facility, learn how to use a fire extinguisher at a special training, and obtain disaster preparedness information. A kid’s obstacle course is also included in this fun family event, along with demonstrations by the Livermore Police Department K-9 unit, and a Crime Prevention Booth hosted by the Pleasanton Police Department.

To kick-off the fun, the Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Foundation will host a Pancake Breakfast that begins at 8:00 a.m. and continues to 10 a.m. to support local charities and the Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Fire Department personnel will be on hand throughout the event to answer questions and assist the community in protecting their loved ones from fire.

For more information, please visit www.lpfire.org or call 925-454-2361.

Dtayls 4me October 11, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Now would be a good time to support residential fire safety by calling your favorite CERTIFIED chimney sweep to inspect and clean your gas or wood burning fireplace, woodstove or fireplace insert. Make sure the tech who is doing the work is the one who is certified.
Michelle M. October 12, 2012 at 08:31 PM
This is great! Families with young children should especially attend.
Rich Buckley October 14, 2012 at 10:55 PM
The LPFD currently also offers free training to community volunteers for Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). I'm taking the classes to feel useful and engaged in my neighborhood when the next disaster hits. There's only one formal pledge CERT trainees are asked to sign before starting the class, that they pledge to act and support the Constitution. This pledge means a lot (to me personnaly) and has far reaching significance during states of emergency. The funding and equipment for CERT training comes from FEMA, I think. The instructors are local fire department and public safety personnel. Many people can't get their natural gas line turned off when there is a serious gas leak because the darn valves on the gas meters are way too hard to turn. If I learn nothing else, I will, by darn, learn the tricks to getting those buggers off when I want them turned off. We have nurses, engineers, teachers, retired people, young ham radio hobbyists, business owners, scientists, carpenters, drivers, all taking the classes.
Rich Buckley October 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM
All the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training material and instructor guides are on line here: http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/training_mat.shtm

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