Fire Festival sparks interest in prevention
October 20, 2011
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. - Jaedan Malinao tightly gripped the nozzle of a fire hose as he battled a "blazing house fire."
With the help of fire Capt. Josh Williams, the 4-year-old from Meuse Forest knocked down all the wooden flames in the windows of a small wooden house to successfully extinguish the mock fire.
"I liked putting out the fire," Jaedan said.
The house fire activity was one of the more popular events at the Fire Prevention Festival sponsored Saturday by the Fort Meade Department of Fire and Emergency Services at the fire station. The annual event, which featured activities for children and adults, marked the conclusion of Fire Prevention Week.
"It gives people the chance to come and hang out with us and see what we're all about," said Wray Kinsley, assistant fire chief of prevention, Directorate of Emergency Services. "It gives us a chance to get our prevention message out."
In addition to such activities as exploring fire trucks and equipment, using an electronic fire extinguisher machine and taking out a mock fire, the daylong event also featured multiple demonstrations.
Throughout the afternoon, Fort Meade firefighters performed many tasks including a hazardous materials response to a suspicious package, a car extrication and extinguishing a stove fire.
While the day's activities promoted safety and fire prevention, Kinsley said the event also was a way for children to become comfortable with emergency responders.
Many of the youngsters roaming through the fire station donned plastic fire hats and enjoyed watching the firefighters at work.
"I liked seeing all the firemen," Jaedan said.