The third annual fire safety and awareness open house was held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at the Mattawa Fire Hall.
Many visitors attended the event and learned more about the numerous tasks that the firefighters and other agencies perform; they were able to inspect the fire equipment and learn about other community services. Fire prevention and safety information was distributed. Informative videos were running during the event. Interactive displays were available for the children. Draws were held for free t-shirts.
Representatives from the Papineau Cameron Fire Department and the Red Cross were present. Sparky, the department mascot, enthusiastically participated! And, of course, hot dogs were served by the Fire Chief!
Mattawa Fire Equipment
The Mattawa Fire Equipment was on display for the visitors.
Additionally, other rescue equipment was on display inside the fire hall.
Papineau Cameron Fire Equipment
The Papineau Cameron Fire Department was on site with their equipment. Given that there are no fire hydrants in the township that they service they require other means to get water to put out the fire. They had their tanker and pool onsite.
The Red Cross brought their emergency preparedness information and offered valuable insights into how to be more prepared should a natural disaster strike the area. We are all well aware these days how there just seems to be more occasions where violent weather strikes quickly.
Fire Safety House
The Fire Safety House was on loan from the North Bay Fire Department. The intent was to teach children about smoke alarms, means of escape, leaving their home to get to a safe meeting place if a fire should occur in their home, etc. The Mattawa Fire Department would like to thank the North Bay Fire Department for their support.
Mockup of a House on Fire
Firefighters Dexture Sarrazin and Mathew Gardiner designed and built the front face of a house with windows in which flames were installed on hinges to simulate a house on fire. They painted the house and firefighter Gary Larose used his artistic talents to paint the flames.
The kids were quite engaged and enjoyed trying to put the flames out with a real hose.
Of course, Sparky, the department mascot, tried to steal the show! Do you know The Story of Sparky the Fire Dog ?
Everyone enjoyed having their photos taken with the famous Dalmatian.
Visitors and volunteers enjoyed coffee and Timbits courtesy of the Mattawa Tim Hortons.
Fire Chief Chad Belanger was the chef for the event. Hot dogs and drinks were served to visitors and volunteers.