News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
650-329-2607
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

9/30/2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 09302009
Subject :

Fire Prevention Week 2009
Contact : Barbara Cimino, Emergency Manager, Fire    (650) 444-6267
Fire Prevention Week is October 4 – 10. Fire Stations 1-6 will host open houses on Saturday, October 3 from 9 AM to 12 noon.


Community Encouraged to Celebrate National Fire Prevention Week-Residents are Invited to View New Fire Engines

The Palo Alto Fire Department is inviting residents to visit their neighborhood fire stations on Saturday October 3 in celebration of National Fire Week from October 4-10.  Each fire station will host an open house from 9 AM - 12 Noon. The addresses of the fire stations can be located here. This year, Fire Prevention Week coincides with the commissioning of 6 new fire engines that were delivered in September.  The City took delivery of new Pierce Arrow XT fire engines to replace engines which had reached the limits of useful service.  The Pierce XT reflects the state of the art in fire suppression vehicles, featuring many improvements to enhance firefighter safety and ergonomics, as well as a significant improvement in fuel economy and reduced emissions.  Four of the six new engines will be in service the first week of October and may be viewed at Fire Stations #1, 3, 4 and 6. 

Fire prevention and fire safety literature will be available to residents at the fire stations. When not responding to emergencies, the firefighters will be available at each station to answer any questions and provide fun fire safety activity handouts for children and fire safety tips for family members. The theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week is "STAY FIRE SMART - DON'T GET BURNED". In addition, the 14th annual fire safety poster contest is being conducted in all K-5 Palo Alto elementary schools. The poster contest winners will be announced in November and award presentations will be made to each contest winner at their respective schools in late November and early December. Winning posters will be displayed on the wall near the City Council Chamber on the 1st floor of the Civic Center. 

National Fire Prevention Week commemorates the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire that burned for almost three days in October 1871, killing over 300 persons and destroying numerous businesses, homes and other buildings.  In 2008 fires in the United States claimed the lives of 3,320 civilians and caused $15.5 billion in property losses. Residents and families are strongly encouraged to be better informed and prepared regarding fire safety, as 83 percent of all fire deaths occur in the home.  More information about fire safety and prevention can be found on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website at  www.nfpa.org.



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