Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Every Hero Doesn't Wear A Cape: Local departments celebrate national Fire Prevention Week

     Not Every Hero Wears A Cape, but area firefighters are often exactly that and are dedicated to saving lives in case of fire. Several local fire departments are hosting events during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6 through 12, to help educate and inform local families.
     The local fire departments are teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)-the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years-to promote the Fire Prevention Week campaign,
"Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!" The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

     National statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012 to 2016.
     These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety, fire officials said. In a typical home fire, residents may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help residents make the most of the time available, giving everyone enough time to get out, officials said.
     Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go. Firefighters advise individuals to look for available exits in every situation and location. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately, they advised.

     The Canton Fire Department will be hosting the annual Fire Station Open House from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Fire Station #1, located at 1100 S. Canton Center Road.
     This year, the open house will include station tours, a fire vehicle display, and live demonstrations of the department extrication equipment ("jaws of life"). Kids will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt, try on fire gear, and go through the Fire Safety House. Light refreshments and giveaways will be provided.
     The open house is scheduled in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week to promote fire safety in the community.
     For further information contact the Canton Fire Department office at (734) 394-5455.

City of Northville firefighters will celebrate Fire Prevention Week efforts from  8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Oct 7 through 11 at the station, 215 W. Main St. in downtown Northville. There will be safety programs all week and on Wednesday, firefighters will offer the Great Escape program for elementary school children to help them make a plan in case of fire in their home. 
For more information, call (248) 449-9920.

     The Northville Township Fire Department will host an Open House from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the fire station at 45745 Six Mile Road.
The event is free and open to the public. Firefighters will provide fire safety tips, a fire truck exploration, tours of the fire station, fire hose demonstrations, Safety Town photos, Smoke House training and other booths.
     For more information, call (48) 348-5807 or visit

     Firefighters will help local families learn about fire safety while enjoying several attractions during the upcoming Fire Safety Open House from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 12.
     Visitors can meet firefighters, see and touch the new township fire engine and ambulance, learn how to use a fire extinguisher, view fire safety demonstrations, spray fire hoses in the squirt house, see a motor vehicle accident with the Jaws of Life demonstration, and other attractions.
Refreshments will be served and the Plymouth Township Charity Pumpkin Patch will be open.
     The open house will take place at Fire Station #1, 9911 North Haggerty Road in Plymouth Township.

     City of Plymouth firefighters are offering free tours of the fire department 8 a,m until 8 p.m. from Monday, Oct. 7 through Saturday, Oct. 12. Tours are now being scheduled for school groups, neighborhood groups and other organizations.
     "Station tours are a great activity for both adults and children," a spokesman noted.
Several interactive demonstrations will be on display and children and adults can participate in emergency scenarios and learn about household fire hazards.
To schedule a tour group in the City of Plymouth during Fire Prevention Week, contact the fire department at (734) 453-1234 extension 280 or via email at [].

     Firefighters planning open house
The Romulus Fire Department will host an open house from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at Fire Department Headquarters, 28777 Eureka Road.
The event will take place in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week
Firepup will be on hand to meet visitors and there will be vehicle displays, demonstrations and fire safety handouts.

     The Wayne firefighters will host the 22nd Annual Breakfast with your Firefighters from 9 a.m. until noon Oct. 5.
     The firefighters will serve the meals which include all-you-can-eat pancakes, three sausage links, coffee, juice or milk at the fire station at 3300 South Wayne Road in Wayne
     Tickets are priced at $5 for adults and children, 10 and younger $3.
The fire department is also accepting donations of gently-used wheelchairs and parking at the event is free.

     The Westland Fire Department will host the Fire Prevention Hot Dog Lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Westland Fire Station 1, located at 35701 Central City Parkway. 
     There will be food, Smoke House demonstrations, station tours, sidewalk CPR, Fire Life Safety, Jr. Firefighter Obstacle Course, Kids Fire Playhouse and other attractions.
The annual event is open to the public.