Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fire Safety with the El Paso Fire Department

October is Fire Prevention Month, and while this is a serious topic, the Dorris Van Doren Library will host a fun program for kids. Local firefighters will visit the library next week to teach us about fire safety.

On Thursday, October 10 @ 10 am, a fire engine will be parked at the east section of the library's parking lot. Kids will get to tour the fire engine and ask questions. After the tour, we'll head to the auditorium for storytime by the firefighters. Every child will receive a firefighter hat, pencil and coloring book. There is a chance that the visit could be interrupted and cut short if the firefighters are called to a job. If this happens, there will still be storytime in the auditorium.

If you can't make this program, be sure to visit our lobby to view current and historical items, as well as safety tips on display.

Don't miss out on this important display!

EPFD at a glance:
  • January 18th, 1882: El Paso Fire Company No. 1 was organized. El Paso didn't have a water system at the time.
  • February 1909: Firefighters were mostly volunteers up to this point. This was the year they became a fully paid department.
  • View historical photographs here
  • View pictures of the training academy here
  • As of October 1, 2013, there are 36 stations and 31 engines.
  • EPFD responds to 70,000 emergency calls annually.
  • Home safety checklist forms are available here 
  • If you don't have a smoke detector in your home, EPFD will give you one for free. More info here
Information was taken from the EPFD site:

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