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Fire Prevention Week kicks off at Travis

A uniformed member of the Air Force bends down on on knee to speak with grade-school aged children. It's sunny. The children listen to the Airman attentively.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Luis Valencia, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, speaks with Scandia Elementary School students about basic fire escape techniques Oct. 8, 2019, at Travis Air Force Base, California. Valencia’s visit to the school was part of Travis AFB’s support of Fire Prevention Week, a weeklong campaign aimed at educating families on fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Conrad)

A grade school-aged boy is aided by a man in a firefighter uniform in using a fire hose to douse cardboard cutouts simulating fires.

David Silva, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, helps a Scandia Elementary School student during a fire hose demonstration Oct. 8, 2019, at Travis Air Force Base, California. The demonstration was part of Travis AFB’s support of Fire Prevention Week, a weeklong campaign aimed at educating families on fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Conrad)

A uniformed member of the Air Force stands among grade school-aged children and look to be asking them a question. Many of the children's hands are up in gesture of a question or as a means of participation.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Luis Valencia, 60th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, speaks with Scandia Elementary School students about basic fire escape techniques Oct. 8, 2019, at Travis Air Force Base, California. Valencia’s visit to the school was part of Travis AFB’s support of Fire Prevention Week, a weeklong campaign aimed at educating families on fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Conrad)

Grade-school aged children sit outside on a sunny morning next to a trailer filled with simulated smoke

Scandia Elementary School students wait to enter the “Smoke Trailer,” a simulation used to teach them how to escape from a burning building Oct. 8, 2019, at Travis Air Force Base, California. The demonstration was part of Travis AFB’s support of Fire Prevention Week, a weeklong campaign aimed at educating families on fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Conrad)

Sparky the Fire Dog, the mascot, communicates with grade school-aged children who are sitting. It is a sunny morning.

Sparky the Fire Dog speaks with Scandia Elementary School students about basic fire escape techniques Oct. 8, 2019, at Travis Air Force Base, California. Sparky is the official mascot of Fire Prevention Week, a weeklong campaign aimed at educating families on fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Conrad)

Grade school-aged children sit and stand among uniformed members of the Air Force along with Sparky the Fire Dog, a mascot for Fire Prevention Week, and pose for a photo taken by a smartphone.

Scandia Elementary School students and 60th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters pose for a picture Oct. 8, 2019, at Travis Air Force Base, California. The firefighters’ visit to the school was part of Travis AFB’s support of Fire Prevention Week, a weeklong campaign aimed at educating families on fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Conrad)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The Travis Air Force Base Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association, the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!”

The annual campaign, which runs from Oct. 6 to 12, works to educate everyone about the small, but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.  

NFPA statistics show that in 2017, U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 deaths and 10,600 injuries. On average, seven people died in a house fire per day during 2012 to 2016.  

“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

While NFPA and the Travis Air Force Base Fire Department are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location.

“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Staff Sgt. Luis Valencia, 60 Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

The Travis AFB Fire Department hosted a series of events in support of this year’s campaign including hospital visits with Sparky the Fire Dog, Child Development Center visits, “Smoke Trailer” education at Scandia and Travis Elementary Schools, a first responder parade and an open house with prizes, bouncy houses and food.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities on base, please contact the Travis AFB Fire Prevention office at 707-424-3683 or email at 60.CES.CEF@us.af.mil. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.fpw.org.

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