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Prince George's County fire departments open their doors


Tour fire stations, watch fire-dousing demos and learn about fire safety during Fire Prevention Month

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Photo by Jim Davis. The fire truck bounce house was a big hit with kids Saturday at Glenn Dale Volunteer Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Open House. Volunteer fire departments throughout Prince George’s County will host open house events for Fire Prevention Month during October.

Photo by Jim Davis. The fire truck bounce house was a big hit with kids Saturday at Glenn Dale Volunteer Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Open House. Volunteer fire departments throughout Prince George’s County will host open house events for Fire Prevention Month during October.

Published on: Thursday, October 03, 2013

By Jim Davis

Throughout October several Prince George’s County volunteer fire departments will host open house events for Fire Prevention Month.

Every 23 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the U.S., according to a new report released by the National Fire Protection Association. In 2012, a person was injured every 32 minutes and a person was killed every 124 minutes in the United States as a result of a fire. A house fire occurred every 85 seconds, which accounted for 76 percent of all structure fires, in the United States last year, according to NFPA.

As an effort to prevent house fires in Prince George’s County, local volunteer fire departments car fire and extrication demonstrations, fun activities and fire hats for children, fire safety brochures and handbooks on hand, free blood pressure checks by request and other fire prevention activities at open house events each weekend through Fire Prevention Month.

There will be a special fire prevention program from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Herbert Wells Ice Rink, located at 5211 Paint Branch Parkway in College Park.

Fire Prevention Month commemorates the Great Chicago Fire. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America — the oldest membership section of the National Fire Protection Association — sponsored the first National Fire Prevention Day, deciding to observe the anniversary as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.

Visit your local fire station’s open house

Saturday, Oct. 12

Baden Volunteer Fire Department, 9 a.m. – noon

Bowie Volunteer Fire Department, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Noon – 4 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 13

Branchville Volunteer Fire Department, 2 p.m. -  4 p.m.

Chillum Adelphi Volunteer Fire Department, 7833 Riggs Road, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct.19

Morningside Volunteer Fire Department, 12 p.m. -3 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 20

Upper Marlboro Volunteer Fire Department, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For more information, call 301-853-2200.

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