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Brooklyn firefighters demonstrate vehicle extraction techniques at fire safety open house


BROOKLYN, N.S. — Brooklyn firefighters had a chance to show off their skills as the local fire department held a fire prevention open house Oct. 14.

Vivianne Pineo, the chairperson of the fire prevention committee, said the Brooklyn Fire Department was busy raising awareness of fire safety throughout the week, with the event culminating in the open house.

“It gives the community the chance to come out and see exactly what we do in situations,” said Pineo.

“It gives them the opportunity to see the kinds of tools we use and that our training does pay off.”

In the afternoon, firefighters held a mock motor vehicle accident with entrapment. As the audience watched the firefighters cut apart the car and rescue the victim, deputy fire chief Jason Cochrane explained what was taking place and why.

Pineo said this year's fire prevention theme is 'Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out.' She said it's extremely important for families to sit down and come up with a plan.

“It's very important to encourage people to know two ways out,” said Pineo. “We also encourage kids to go home and talk to their parents about making a design of their house — 'this is how we'll get out' and 'this is where we will meet.' It's really important to have a muster station.”

To learn more about how to make a plan, visit: www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/Fire-Prevention-Week.

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