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Beaubassin-est Firefighters organize an Open House and a BBQ at the Haute-Aboujagane Fire Station during Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week takes place from October 7th through October 13th, 2018 and the theme for this year is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” The campaign works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire. Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility and it begins at home.

The Beaubassin-est Fire Department is hosting an Open House in support of Fire Prevention Week including a BBQ on Sunday, October 7th from 11 am to 2 pm at the Fire Station located at 922 Route 933 in Haute-Aboujagane. Firefighters and their mascot Sparky will serve hotdogs and hamburgers, you can visit the Fire Station and see all the equipment they use, and they will organize activities for kids.

This year, the key message of the Fire Prevention Week is that home fires today can burn faster than ever. Occupants may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice

Data from Statistics Canada show that the number of structure fires declined by 26 per cent between 2005 and 2014. However, residential fires consistently accounted for roughly six of every 10 structural fires during that period. According to Statistics Canada, cooking equipment and smokers’ material caused approximately six of every 10 residential fires

Home is the place people are at greatest risk for fire, but home is the place people feel safest. That over-confidence contributes to complacency toward home-escape planning and practice.

“People often make choices in fire situations that jeopardize their safety or even cost them their lives,” said Gaétan LeBlanc, Chief of the Beaubassin-est Fire Department. “Potentially life-saving difference escape planning and practice can save your life.”

This year’s “Look Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to quickly and safely escape a fire: Look for places fire could start in and around their homes. Listen for the sound of the smoke or CO alarm and make sure they are properly installed and working. Learn two ways out of every room and practice your escape plan.

These messages apply to virtually any location. “Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Chief LeBlanc. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

The Beaubassin-est Fire Department has 26 active firefighters : Gaétan LeBlanc, Fire Chief, Serge LeBlanc, Deputy Chief, Philippe LeBlanc, Stéphane LeBlanc and Dennis Metcalfe, Captains, as well as Sébastien Arsenault, Serge Bisson, François Boisvert, Jean-Marc Boudreau, Janelle Cormier, Ghislain Donelle, Pierre Gallant, Charles Gautreau, Pierre Gautreau, Samuel Hebert, Denis LeBlanc, Jamie LeBlanc, Francine Léger, Remi Léger, Gary Metcalfe, Lisa Metcalfe, Jacques Ouellette, Marc-André Richard, Martin Richard, Ryan Richard and Mark Ripley. They invite you to the Open House and BBQ on Sunday, October 7th from 11 am to 2 pm at the Fire Station in Haute-Aboujagane.

For more information regarding the Beaubassin-est Fire Department or Fire Prevention, contact the brigade at 532-5628 or send an email at hafd@nb.aibn.com. For more information about Fire Prevention Week and some escape planning, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.



For more information:

Charline Landry

Service Manager

Beaubassin-est Rural Community

Phone: (506) 532-0730

Fax: (506) 532-0735

Email: charline.landry@beaubassinest.ca

Web Site: www.beaubassinest.ca


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