To celebrate Fire Prevention Week coming up from October 8-14, the Vermilion Fire Department will host an open house at both fire stations, #1 on Ohio Street and fire station #2 on Overlook on Sunday, October 8, from 1-4 p.m. There will be an opportunity to meet the firefighters, see all the trucks and equipment, ask questions, receive information, and enjoy refreshments and handouts.
Fire chief Chris Stempowski announced the event at a Health and Safety Committee meeting on Monday night, September 18. He said this event is also a good reminder to check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. He said they do save lives. The chief added the department will also run its pizza contest for four nights during that week. If the household has a working smoke detector, their pizza delivery is free. Pizza orders will be done at random by various local restaurants.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out.” In a fire, every second does count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. The theme also reinforces having an escape plan.
The fire department will also use this educational week to visit schools, nursing homes, pre-schools, and others and discuss safety and fire prevention.