Fanning the Flames of Fire Safety – The Vacaville Reporter
Live-fire demonstrations, fire training, vehicle extrication, Sparky the fire dog and more drew hundreds of Solanoans to Vacaville’s five fire stations on Saturday for open houses celebrating the Week National Fire Prevention Board.
It was an invaluable opportunity for the department as well as the community, organizers said.
“It encourages everyone to come visit our fire stations…meet our firefighters,” Chief Kris Concepcion said. “It’s great to see all the kids and parents having a great time, smiles on their faces.”
There was certainly an abundance of smiles and oohs and aahhs at station 73 on Eubanks Drive.
Deputy Chief Alex Nourot spoke about fire safety and the behavior of fire as it ignites a plywood dollhouse. He demonstrated how a fire reacts when exposed to oxygen and when cut off.
The mini structure began with a slow burn that steadily increased, and he periodically extinguished the flames while continuing his lessons.
In several places, thick plumes of whitish-brown smoke rose into the crowd, and participants in his path quietly moved away a short distance, their eyes and ears still listening to Nourot.
He maneuvered different openings, including a tiny space near the attic, explaining shooting tactics all the time.
The most important message was repeatedly emphasized.
“The first thing you do if the house is on fire is GET OUT,” he said. “The second thing you can do if you can’t get out is to enter a room and close the door between you and the fire.”
The latter, he said, could make all the difference to your safety.
“There’s a very, very good chance you’ll survive the fire,” he said.
Hailey Klisiewicz of Dixon and Maverick, 2, enjoyed the demonstration.
“I think it’s awesome,” she said after the burn. “It’s a (great) way to bring the whole community together.”
Jessica Peuse from Vacaville accepted.
Her children – David, 6, and Kaylee, 4, who climbed all over the fire platforms and chatted excitedly with firefighter Brian Whitley – had a blast.
“It was really fun,” she said, adding that David recently shared some information that made the open house all the more exciting for the family.
“Maybe two weeks ago he said, ‘Mom, I think I want to be a firefighter,'” she recalled. The event was therefore fortuitous. She saw the notice, grabbed the squirming kids, and drove to Station 73.
David couldn’t help but smile. Leaping from wheel to wheel between the parked platforms, he compared the heights of the tires.
“I’m bigger than this one,” he enthused to Whitley, of the rig with the bigger tire that was maybe half an inch shorter.
A police K-9 demonstration followed at 73, and visitors then migrated to the other fire stations for encounters and more afternoon fun.
For more information, visit the Vacaville Fire Department Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VacavilleFire.