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Community learns tips to prevent fires

Porfirio Salazar, firefighter, Fort Carson Fire Department, helps children into a fire truck at the Child, Youth and School Services building, during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7.

Story and photos by Spc. Nathan Thome

4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office

Fort Carson Fire and Emergency Services personnel taught Soldiers and Families the importance of having fire escape plans and what to do in the event of a kitchen fire, Oct. 7-11.

Firefighters set up static displays and information booths, and visited Child, Youth and School Services and Fort Carson elementary schools in observance of Fire Prevention Week.

“Every year, fire prevention has a theme, so we try to gear our education around whatever the theme is. This year, the theme is ‘prevent cooking fires,’” said Dave Colmus, fire inspector, Fort Carson Fire and Emergency Services. “This week really gives us a chance to engage the community, talk to the public and, hopefully, prevent some home kitchen fires.

“More fires start in the kitchen than any other part of the home,” he said. “Our goal is to discuss how to keep kitchen fires from starting in the first place.”

Firefighters manned a booth inside the Exchange, where they handed out informational pamphlets about fire prevention and kitchen safety, and visited CYSS, where they let the children walk through a fire truck and step into boots and a firefighter uniform.

“It was great, the children were excited about seeing the fire truck and walking through it; it was awesome for them, and they loved it,” said Copernicus Marshall, CYSS caregiver.

The firemen also visited Fort Carson elementary schools to talk to students about fire safety.

“We go to the schools to educate the children,” said Colmus. “Fire Prevention Week gives us the opportunity to go to every school, and teach the children about being safe with fire, and learn how to prevent fires from starting.”

At Weikel Elementary School, firefighters showed children, step-by-step, how they put on their uniforms, what to do if their house is on fire and how to stop, drop and roll.

“This is what’s really important,” said Robert Wuchner, fire marshal, FCFD. “Educating children on the dangers of fire, what to do if there is one, and ways to prevent it; (it’s) lifesaving knowledge that they can keep with them for years to come.”

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