October is Metro Fire’s Prevention Month

Mather, CA – October is prevention month at Metro Fire and we have several programs to help keep our communities safe. In an effort to combine both Fire Prevention Week (FPW), our Cancer Awareness Program, and wildfire preparedness as the regions enters what is becoming our season with the most critical fire weather, we have several programs aimed at helping those in the Sacramento Region stay safe from all fires and help support our efforts to promote not simply cancer awareness but to support prevention, screening, and treatment programs.

Fire Prevention Week began October 6 and we have embraced the National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA) 2019 campaign that “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape: Plan and Practice Your Escape.” Daily topics will be posted on Metro Fire’s social media including Facebook (@MetroFireofSacramento), Instagram (@metro_fire_sacramento), and Twitter (@metrofirepio).

While these NFPA FPW messages were designed for a national audience focusing on structure fire readiness, many of the concepts also apply to those living in the wildland urban interface (WUI). With the upcoming Red Flag weather we want those in our communities to also prepare correctly. Most notable, open flames present a fire hazard and should be avoided in both settings and whether escaping a structure fire or wildland fire everyone should have at least two pre-planned exit routes and have practiced these with their families.

As our kickoff, we are requesting our community to visit https://www.nfpa.org/…/Safety-…/FPW19EscapePlanningTips.ashx for an evacuation planning checklist.

We are also rolling out a new burn prevention program targeted towards elementary school aged children. Called “Milo and Moxie” this program has been adapted in collaboration with the Arizona Burn Foundation specifically for Metro Fire. Schools and educational facilities who would like to request this program can contact Metro Fire’s Community Services Division at (916) 859-4330 or www.metrofire.ca.gov for scheduling information and requests.

In 2014, Metro Fire made Cancer Awareness a priority during the month of October focusing on Breast Cancer. After a few years we expanded our program to include Men’s Health in November by adding a “blue” side to our pink wrapped fire engine, and this year are excited to announce a new components to help make our efforts more visible in the community. We added an option for Metro Fire personnel to wear a themed pink and blue patch on our uniforms to support #AllCancersAllPeople, and placed pink and blue District logos on all of our apparatus during October and November to support of all those with cancer who have affected us directly and indirectly.

As always, we are available to facilitate stories for your audience. Please do not hesitate to contact Captain Chris Vestal at (916) 616-2430 to discuss options

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