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SAGINAW FIRE DEPARTMENT TO HOST AWARDS CEREMONY/OPEN HOUSE
The Saginaw Fire Department will be hosting an awards ceremony and open house on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the headquarters of the Saginaw Fire Department located at 801 Federal Avenue.
During the awards ceremony, we will honor the outstanding efforts of firefighters, emergency services personnel, and citizens who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to aid others in their time of need. There will also be a brief ceremony honoring those firefighters who, in the line of duty, have laid down their lives and paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect the citizens of Saginaw.
The ceremony will begin with comments from Fire Chief Chris Van Loo. Refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony. Guests are also invited to stay for a tour of the fire station following the ceremony as well.
The celebration is one of many to recognize October 9 through October 15 as Fire Prevention Week 2016. The annual event is in partnership with the National Fire Protection Association to promote fire prevention and fire safety. The theme of Fire Prevention Week 2016 is “Don’t Wait, Check the Date.” The year’s theme serves as a reminder for residents to find out how old their smoke alarms are, and to replace them every 10 years. Fire Marshal Ralph Martin stated, "Time and again, I’ve seen the life-saving impact smoke alarms can have in a home fire, but I’ve also seen the tragedy that can result when smoke alarms aren’t working properly. That’s why we’re making a concerted effort to educate Saginaw residents about the overall importance of smoke alarms and that they do have a life limit."
Each year the Saginaw Fire Department responds to more than 3,000 calls for service ranging from structure fires to vehicle crashes to water and ice rescues. Fire Chief Chris Van Loo hopes this ceremony will help increase awareness of the Fire Department and its dedication to the citizens of Saginaw, "We are a community organization. We’re here to serve the citizens. We're here to help educate them as well. Our hope is that this year’s theme will inform citizens about smoke alarms, and ensure greater safety throughout our city." For more information, please contact the Saginaw Fire Department at (989) 759-1393.
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