Fire prevention is focus in Balto. Co.

September 30, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Baltimore County Fire Department has planned a Fire Expo, open houses at fire stations and other events in observance of National Fire Prevention Week, which ends Oct. 9 on the anniversary of the nation's two worst fires - the Great Chicago Fire that claimed 250 lives and destroyed more than 2,000 acres and 17,400 buildings and the Peshtigo, Wis., fire that killed at least 1,000 and is the deadliest in U.S. history.

On Sunday, Middle River Station No. 12 will hold an open house, and the cadets at the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company will conduct a Fire Prevention Day at Bear Creek Elementary School.

The cadets will present to the school library a bookcase they built that is shaped and painted to resemble the Wise Avenue fire station in Dundalk. There will also be engine rides, fire prevention displays and appearances by Smokey Bear, Sparky the Fire Dog and the Baltimore Ravens' Edgar.

At the county's Fire Expo on Oct. 9 at the Padonia Park Swim Club in Cockeysville, firefighters will install child safety seats, demonstrate rescue missions and give residents engine rides, department officials said.

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