Lehighton, Mahoning fire departments hold joint Fire Prevention Week program
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Ethan Heiser, 7, and his sister, Leah, 4, stand inside a pumper of the Mahoning Valley Fire Company during Fire Prevention Week program staged Monday night in Lehighton by the Lehighton and Mahoning Valley Fire Companies. Looking on is Mark Hayman, left, assistant fire chief in Mahoning, and Ian Heiser of Lehighton, father of the two children.
Members of the Lehighton and Mahoning Valley Fire Departments held a joint Fire Prevention Week program on Monday in the parking lot of Shull-David Elementary School, Lehighton.
Scores of youngsters and their parents attended where they could view various types of fire apparatus and even sit in it, utilize fire extinguishers, get educated in a "Safe House" educational facility, observed demonstrations by the firefighters, and then were given such items as plastic helmets, coloring books, and other fire prevention literature.
The Safe House was provided by the Franklin Township Fire Department, who otherwise was unable to join Lehighton and Mahoning in the event because of another training commitment.
Steve Ebbert, a member of the Lehighton Fire Department, said the program was moved to the Shull-David parking lot instead of the grounds of the Lehighton Fire Department because of a construction project at the fire company.
Present were Lehighton Fire Chief Gary Frable and Mahoning Valley Assistant Chief Mark Hayman.
Among the apparatus at the scene were the aerial truck of the Lehighton Fire Department, pumpers from both fire departments, and even a boat from the water rescue unit of the Lehighton unit.
Hayman said he and his fellow firefighters consider the Fire Prevention Week activities "very important" and are happy to work with the Lehighton volunteers at the event.
The fire companies have been joining efforts for several years for Fire Prevention Week.
On Friday at 1:30 p.m., the Mahoning Valley Fire Company will be visiting the Mahoning Elementary School for a Fire Prevention Week program.