Fire Prevention Week observed a month late
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Five-year-old Brynn Mriss of Lehighton sits behind the wheel of a fire truck while watching are her brother, Brian, 2, and her father, Patrick, who is a member of the Lehighton Fire Department and often drives this vehicle.
A Fire Prevention Week program, originally scheduled for Oct. 7 but postponed because of rain, was staged last night in the parking lot of Shull-David Elementary School, Lehighton.
Three fire departments took part Lehighton Fire Department, Mahoning Valley Fire Department and Franklin Township Fire Department.
The Lehighton Fire Department, headed by Fire Chief Gary Frable, was the host company and showed off several pieces of apparatus, including its aerial truck with a 110-foot ladder.
The Mahoning fire company had a fire simulator. Children used fire extinguishers to spray at a screen depicting the flames.
Franklin Township Fire Department brought its safety house, in which videos were shown, smoke-filled rooms were portrayed, and children were permitted to escape from a simulated bedroom by crawling through a window and descending a small ladder with the help of an adult.
Children who attended were given coloring books.
"We don't just look at October as being Fire Prevention Week," Joe Flickinger, a member of the Lehighton Fire Department, remarked. "We look at it all through the year."