Fire Prevention Week kicks off

It was a slow start for the Hay River Fire Department’s Open House, but once the crowd arrived there was plenty to see.
The day kicked off with a vehicle parade, and then the public was invited to visit the fire hall to check out some demonstrations.
Members of the department performed a vehicle extrication in the parking lot, with Crystal Potter dressed up as a mock victim. The process was explained to the audience by Fire Chief Ross Potter as fire fighters and medical response members worked to remove the roof of the vehicle.

Following the extrication demonstration, fire department members demonstrated proper use of fire extinguishers, and set up pylons to allow the kids who turned out a chance to spray water.
Inside the hall a video was playing about smoke alarms and their importance – the theme for this year’s fire prevention week.
According to Potter, the open house is a way for the department to kick off Fire Prevention Week, and also allow the public to see the fire fighters and the vehicles.
“It is just public awareness more than anything,” he said.
A total of 52 people signed the book set out by the department, a number that Potter would have liked to be larger.
“I think the guys [on the department] did a great job,” he said. “But attendance wasn’t that great. The day went really well but we would have liked to see more people come out.”
Throughout the rest of the week, Potter and members of the department will be going to the schools to promote smoke alarm safety and fire prevention.