Calgary, AB,

Calgary Fire Department opens doors to community during Fire Prevention Week

To close out Fire Prevention Week 2017, the Calgary Fire Department is hosting fire station open houses in three locations across the city on Saturday Oct. 14.

All Calgarians are invited to come visit between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m for fire truck tours, treats, refreshments and tons of information about how to keep your family and home safe from fire. There are three locations to choose from:

  • Mount Pleasant Fire Station 7, 2708 4th Street NW
  • Saddleridge Fire Station 32, 800 Saddletown Circle NE
  • McKenzie Town Fire Station 30, 6 McKenzie Towne Gate SE

Media are invited to join Acting Fire Chief Joe Zatylny and Public Information Officer Carol Henke for interviews and a chance to interact with community members at Saddleridge Fire Station 32, 2:30pm.

Last year's fire prevention week saw over 2500 Calgarians attend open houses to learn about fire safety.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme -- “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” – underlines the importance of why everyone needs to have, and practice, an escape plan for their home and loved ones. While most fire engines will arrive within 7 minutes of a 9-1-1 call, fires can double in size every 30-60 seconds. Escape plans and working smoke alarms really do save lives.

In a new video for Fire Prevention Week 2017, a family from Mahogany recounts their experience being in a devastating house fire in 2016. Even with working smoke alarms and doing everything right, they still had only seconds to escape.

Media Availability

WHO: Acting Fire Chief Joe ZatylnyCalgary Fire Department Public Information Officer Carol Henke

WHAT: Calgary Fire Department community open house

WHEN: 2:30pm Saturday Oct. 14, 2016

WHERE: Saddleridge Fire Station 32, 800 Saddletown Circle NE

PHOTO OP: At the open house, firefighters will be interacting with community members, sharing life-saving safety tips and educating visitors on the importance of escape plans and working smoke alarms. Children of all ages will be invited to meet their local firefighters and tour fire trucks in one of three open houses taking place across the city.

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