Fort St. John Fire Department putting family fire escape plans to the test

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Taking place the evening of Thursday, Oct. 13, families will have the opportunity to put their fire escape drills to the test, as fire trucks will drive around areas of the city with their sirens blasting with the intention of simulating an actual fire escape situation.

Thursday’s drill will begin at 6:30 p.m. as a slew of fire trucks make their way through the Duncan Cran and Mathew's Park areas of Fort St. John.

Last year, the fire department covered the C.M. Finch area.

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According to local fire fighter Simon Caughill, the fire truck simulation will give families the opportunity to execute their fire plan escape drill. If families have and execute their plan, they will receive praise from the local fire department. If they don’t, families will be given tips on what steps can be taken to ensure a safe escape from a fire.

It is a drill that Caughill feels is very useful.

The fire department has been working with schools throughout the week teaching these safety methods to students, who hopefully will relay them to the rest of their family.

Fire Prevention Week concludes Saturday, Oct. 15 with a parade and BBQ. The parade will leave the Fire Hall at 11:00 am and will head north on 98 St. to 108 Ave., to 100 St. and down to 93 Ave. ending at the Canadian Tire parking lot.

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