Federal Grant Expanded to Provide Fire Extinguisher Training to the Public

Sacramento County, CA – In October of 2015, Metro Fire received a grant for $467,116 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to hire three new Fire Inspectors to inspect over 800 residential care facilities in its jurisdiction. Under this grant, inspectors could also provide training to care facility staff in the proper use of fire extinguishers. Recognizing the value of this training, Metro Fire requested an amendment to the grant, which would allow our staff to offer this program to all our community members. FEMA recently approved the request, and Metro Fire is excited to announce that fire extinguisher training is now available, free of charge, to all the communities we serve.

“The questions we all need to ask ourselves: Do I know how to effectively use a fire extinguisher on a small fire? Will I recognize a situation where the priority needs to be exiting the house, instead of trying to put out a fire?” Metro Fire Marshal, Assistant Chief Greg Casentini states, “Most people have seen a fire extinguisher and have basic knowledge on its use, but there’s more to it than that. Knowing how to safely, quickly, and effectively use one, as well as when to evacuate immediately, are skills that may save your life, and they are key components in our community fire extinguisher training.”

Join Metro Fire at one of the training sessions listed below, and in just a few minutes, you will be better prepared to protect your family and your home.

Times and Locations for Community Fire Extinguisher Training:

Inside the California State Fair (near Camp Smokey):
July 21 from 11 am – 1 pm
July 22 from 10 am – noon
At Metro Fire Station 50 – 8880 Gerber Road, Sacramento 95828
July 27 from 4 pm - 8 pm
July 30 from 10 am – 2 pm
At Metro Fire Station 106 Open House – 2200 Park Towne Circle, Sacramento 95825
July 30 from 10 am - noon

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