KLAMATH FALLS – The public is invited to join representatives from more than a dozen emergency response agencies at Klamath Community College this weekend for the 2018 Fire Prevention Week Extravaganza.
“Klamath County first responders invite everyone in the community to come down to learn about fire safety awareness,” said Matt Hitchcock, division chief of operations for Klamath County Fire District 1. “It’s important that everyone in a family understands what to do if a fire breaks out in their home.”
The event is Sunday, Oct. 14, 1 to 4 p.m. at KCC.
This year’s theme is “Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”
Everyone who attends the event will have an opportunity to meet Sparky and Smokey the Bear; explore fire engines, ambulances, and a ladder truck; and enjoy free snacks while visiting with local firefighters.
Community members considering a career in first response can meet with KCC Emergency Response Operations program lead Mac Brock to learn about the college’s two-year degree program, which allows students studying emergency response to specialize in wildland fire science, structural fire science, emergency medical technician, or criminal justice.
“The wildfires of this summer remind us how a careless mistake can be devastating. This event is aimed at raising awareness about fire safety and providing an opportunity for people to meet fire professionals and to learn about rewarding careers in firefighting,” Brock said.
First responders will demonstrate a “jaws of life” extrication and how to properly use a fire extinguisher. Kids can have fun in the stop, drop, and roll bounce house.
An AirLink helicopter will also be on-site.
Klamath Community College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Veteran/ADA institution embracing diversity. We encourage and welcome women, minority, veteran, and disabled candidates.