From the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company:
From October 3rd to October 10th the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company will be celebrating Fire Prevention Week. This is a time not only to educate the public on fire prevention and life safety issues but also to broaden their understanding of the fire service as a whole. The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned!”
Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company Chief Bill Snyder says, “Each year roughly 3,000 people die as a result of home fires and burns, and more than 200,000 individuals are seen in the nation’s emergency rooms for burn injuries. These statistics are unacceptable. Safety starts with you. I encourage everyone to install and maintain smoke alarms on every floor of their home, consider installing a fire sprinkler system in their home, and take the time to practice their home fire escape plan.”
Saturday October 3rd the BAVFC will kick off Fire Prevention Week with their annual open house to be held from 10am until 3pm at both the main fire station located at 109 South Hickory Avenue at the corner of Churchville Road in downtown Bel Air and at the Forest Hill substation located at 27 East Jarrettsville Road next to Friends’ Pond. Parking and admission are free at both locations.
There will be a variety of fire department activities throughout the day at both stations, including some special guests and practical demonstrations. As always the fire engines, ladder truck, ambulances, antique apparatus and their respective equipment will be on display and available for review at both stations. In addition the auxiliary will be selling hot dogs, pulled pork, sloppy joes, chips and drinks at the main station. This day should prove to be fun and educational to all that come out and visit!