Cornwall's fire prevention open house features new exhibits
The Trentonian

If a grease fire were to start in your kitchen, what would you do?

This was a question asked to members of the public on Saturday, Oct. 9, during Cornwall Fire Services Fire Prevention Open House.

The event featured new exhibits this year, including a mock grease-fire scenario, an auto-excavation display and Cornwall Fire Services’ rescue boat, which was recently taken out of Marina 200 for the season.

The open house was held at 330 Montreal Rd., incorporating various emergency services into one event.

A lot of families with children were out enjoying the warm fall day, saying hello to Sparky the Fire Dog. Caleb Pulice attended the event, and went out of his way to dress up in his firefighter costume for the occasion.

“October is fire prevention month and we are holding a public open house for the fire prevention week (Oct. 3 to 9),” said Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Stephenson. “We have invited our other colleagues: Cornwall Police Services (CPS), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and Cornwall Paramedic services. They are all joining us today to come forward and provide some demonstrations to the public on fire safety and, really, safety in general.
“It’s just to give children the opportunity to see firefighters, police and paramedics, be able to talk to them and not be afraid; (we’re not) in an emergency situation.”
Registration to the event filled up fast, with 100 in attendance from 10 am to noon, and 100 more from 1 to 3 p.m.
Reflective trick-or-treating bags with Halloween safety tips were also handed out to young ghouls and goblins in attendance.
“Check your smoke detectors. Change your batteries; they’re only good for 10 years. Make sure there is a smoke detector on every level, and make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are checked as well,” said Stephenson, reiterating some of the key messages for Fire Prevention Week, which came to and end this weekend.