As the Moose Jaw Fire Department worked hard to free Rescue Randy from his car Saturday afternoon, a crowd of amazed children watched, mouths open as the Jaws of Life were put into action.
The extraction demonstration was just one of the many demonstrations taking place during the fire departments annual open house.
Cathie Bassett, the fire department’s education officer, said Saturday’s event was just a fun way for the department to kick off Fire Prevention Week.
“Today has been great so far. We have had a wonderful turnout, the weather is perfect and everyone is having a lot of fun.”
As part of the open house, Bassett said there was a little bit of everything for everyone.
“We have had a couple of demonstrations. The guys did a fire extinguisher demo and a couple of kids got to try their hand at putting out a fire. There was a tower demonstration and just now we did an extraction demo, which was really popular.”
Bassett said there are a couple of reasons the fire department likes to host an open house. She said the main reason is to kick off its Fire Prevention Week, but beyond that it is a great way for the community to come out and get a closer look at what it is firefighters do, see the equipment they use and get to meet the people behind the mask.
“It really is great for kids to see the guys all dressed up in their gear because it allows them the opportunity to see what they look like, so later if the fire department is ever called to their home they will know what to expect and wont be scared.”
One of Bassett’s favourite parts of events like Saturday’s, she said, is seeing the interaction between the kids and the firefighters.
She said it is incredible how children look up to these guys and really want to listen to what they have to say and learn from them.
“It’s amazing how much these kids take in and remember. You can ask them what they are suppose to do in case of a fire and they will tell you to call 911, to get out of the house, have an escape plan and they all know about stop, drop and roll.
“It’s just great to know they are taking it all in and then beyond that they then take that information home and it becomes a great reminder to parents as well.”
This year Fire Prevention Week is focusing on preventing kitchen fires.
Bassett said she is really pushing the message that it is important to be aware and prepared for any scenario when cooking.
She said a clean workspace, not wearing loose clothing and having the proper equipment to extinguish a fire are just a few of the tips the fire department will be throwing out to the public this week.
She said another big push will be to get the public to check there smoke detectors and continue to do so on a regular basis.
“I always say working fire alarms save live and I say it because it’s true.”
Fire Prevention Week will run from Oct. 5 – 12.