Fire Department holds biggest-ever Open House

CAY HILL–The fifth annual Open House held by the St. Maarten Fire Department, part of Fire Prevention Month, was the biggest ever, attracting an estimated 300 to 400 attendees by late Sunday afternoon.

Children and adults met fire-fighters, viewed informative presentations, took part in activities where they were familiarised with equipment and the work of a fire-fighter, and took a ride in fire trucks. Two large water castles for the children were also a big hit.

page7c141Fire Prevention Month activities kicked off on October 1 under the theme “Smoke Detectors Save Lives,” and have included a safety awareness workshop for all primary school third-graders, a specialised workshop for architects and engineers, and the installation of free smoke detectors in houses, the latter being a programme set to last as long as sponsorship allows.

Some 20 smoke detectors have been installed in houses under the programme so far. The programme launched in October under sponsorship by NAGICO Insurances, while November and December are being sponsored by Island 92 FM and ENNIA Insurances. The goal is to install 100 by year’s end, and more still in 2016.

Interested persons can contact the department at 543-1318 to request a visit, where representatives will share safety tips and install the detectors.

Source: The Daily Herald Fire Department holds biggest-ever Open House