WILLIAMSON – At last Thursday’s regular council meeting, the Williamson City Council signed a proclamation declaring the month of October as Fire Prevention Month after being approached by Williamson Fire Chief Joey Carey.
Carey approached the council saying, “As some of you are aware, October is Fire Prevention Month and we have brought the current mayor and council a proclamation to recognize October as being Fire Prevention Month.”
Throughout Octoberr the Williamson Fire Department (WFD) works with local schools to educate students about fire safety. “We have been busy with schools. Just today, we had a group of kids from Lenore Pre K-8 come up and do a station tour,” Carey explained.
By forming partnerships with area organizations, the WFD is able to provide a Smoke Detector Give Away Program. Carey said, “We attended a rotary club meeting a couple nights ago. The rotary club has been instrumental in the smoke detector giveaway program year after year.”
The WFD will be active in the community throughout the month of October. “We have a full schedule for most of the month,” Carey stated.
The Fire Prevention Proclamation states, “The Williamson Fire Department kicked off the 2015 Fire Prevention Month by continuing their year round fire prevention education program. The members have already been busy hosting tours and teaching the children about fire safety and activities will continue throughout the month as they visit the local schools continuing their efforts to teach children the finer points of fire safety. This year round program features a different aspect of fire safety education provided to the public each month throughout the year. In addition to the children’s program featured in Oct. other services being offered include fire extinguisher training and certification, home fire safety education for individuals, families, single parent households, smoke detector giveaway and include education in safe cooking in the kitchen, safe heating practices during winter months, identifying electrical hazards, and home fire safety inspections. Other services include fall and fire safety for senior citizens that will identify and eliminate safety hazards in the home, preparing for natural and manmade disasters, and a juvenile fire setter education program.”
“Fire safety begins in the home and it’s for this reason we’ll place heavy emphasis on our home fire safety program. No matter how much we work with children every Oct. if fire safety isn’t being reinforced and practiced where our children eat, sleep, and play then we’ve got a problem. We believe our program can be part of the solution to that problem.”
“The Fire Extinguisher Training Program is geared primarily for the business community. During the time spent designing this program we accidentally learned that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations actually require all employees who work in any public facility to be trained in the proper use of a fire extinguisher. We can now offer this required training and provide certification to those employees as well. This will keep them from incurring any OSHA violation.”
“The smoke detector giveaway program was adopted by the WFD over 15 years ago continues to grow. WFD joined with area non-profit organizations and various donors to provide citizens with free of cost smoke detectors to ensure any and all households have this very important life saving device in their homes. If you think that your existing detector is out of date, not working properly or you simply can’t afford to purchase a detector, WFD will make certain you have one. If you live in the City of Williamson and are disabled or just want the fire department to properly install the device, simply request assistance with installation and our trained professional firefighters will come to your home and install the device free of charge. If you live outside the City of Williamson, WFD will work with outlying volunteer departments to assist you with installing.”
“This year round training program is quite a leap from what we’ve done in the past, but our firefighters are trained professionals who are not only willing to put their life on the line to save someone from a burning building, they’re also committed to keeping every resident in our community safe in their homes and workplaces every hour of every day, every day of the year.”
“All services are provided free to the public. If you would like to request fire extinguisher training or need additional information on any of the programs being offered please call the WFD at 304-235-5273, or stop by and visit with them at your convenience.”
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext.2279.)