MASSENA - Fire safety in the kitchen is the focus of this years Fire Prevention Week, which kicked off on Sunday and runs until Saturday.
Massena Volunteer Fire Department Publicity Chair Tom St. Pier said theyll be spreading the Prevent Kitchen Fires message, as well as one of general fire safety during the week.
Were stressing to stay in the kitchen when youre cooking, he said.
For Massenas firefighters, their recognition of Fire Prevention Week actually began on Saturday when they were at Home Depot and Walmart with their aerial trucks.
Home Depot called it Safety Day. We had our aerial truck set up and pamphlets for the kids, Mr. St. Pier said.
They attended an 8 a.m. Mass Sunday at Sacred Heart Church and then returned to the fire station for their annual Fire Prevention Week breakfast.
During their breakfast, they crowned Baylee Carroll as their new fire queen and recognized the winners of the elementary school coloring and poster contests.
The coloring contest winners were Nightengale pre-kindergarten student Reese Faucher, Madison junior kindergarten student Riley Smith, Madison kindergarten student Jaycee Sweeney, Jefferson first-grader Blade Brownell, Madison second-grader Riley Stowell and Trinity third-grader Kylara Larock.
The poster contest winners were Nightengale fourth-grader Kailee Paige, Nightengale fifth-grader Mercedes Osgood and Trinity sixth-grader Hannah Wilson.
They all get a pizza party compliments of Pizza Hut and an ice cream cake compliments of Dairy Queen for their class, Mr. St. Pier said.
Fire Prevention Week activities continued on Monday with visits to area schools for fire drills and fire safety presentations. They were at Massena High School and Nightengale and Madison elementary schools on Monday, and today theyll be at J.W. Leary Junior High, Jefferson Elementary School and Trinity Catholic School. Theyll visit Holy Name of Jesus Academy on Wednesday.
Mr. St. Pier said they evacuate the building during the school drills, but sometimes throw in a slight modification to see how students respond.
Sometimes we might throw a curve ball and block some fire exits to see what students do and how they respond, he said.
Or they might take a student with them to test how teachers react to a missing child, he said.
Following the fire drill, the students watch a video presentation and have an opportunity to get an up-close and personal look at a firefighter in turnout gear.
They crawl around and let students touch them so they know not to be afraid of us, Mr. St. Pier said.
They stress the basics of fire safety with the students, including not to play with matches, having two exits out of their home and having a designated meeting place, he said.
Massena firefighters will hold their annual drill beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Main Street bridge. The Hogansburg-Akwesasne and Brasher-Winthrop aerial trucks will also be participating in the drill, which is open to the public to observe.
This year were focusing on the aerial operation of firefighting. Well have the aerial trucks right on the Main Street bridge. Well have engines pumping water to them, and well be feeding the water to the river, Mr. St. Pier said.
The public is more than welcome to come. Theyre going to be situated in a safe place to watch and to observe and see what fire apparatus we and our neighboring departments have, he said.
Fire Prevention Week wraps up on Saturday with the departments annual banquet, which begins at 6 p.m. Theyll hand out years of service awards and announce their Fireman of the Year during the dinner.