Every second counts: Plan two ways out!

Inflatable firefighter

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Dean, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector, sets up an inflatable firefighter during Fire Prevention Week at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 11, 2017. The observance week, which ran from Oct. 8 to Oct. 14, consisted of the base fire department educating people about fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Firefighter in uniform

Senior Airman Zach Ashenberenner, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, poses for a photo during Fire Prevention Week at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 10, 2017. During the observance week, JBA firefighters taught fire safety education at the base child development centers, library and exchange. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Questions & answers

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Dean, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector, asks for a volunteer during a Fire Prevention Week event at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 11, 2017. Volunteers were involved in emergency situation role playing and were questioned on actions to take during a crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Call 911

Mackenzie Lowry, Fire Prevention Week participant, talks to a simulated operator on a phone during a fire emergency replication at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 11, 2017. Participants were taught to have a meeting point after a fire, know their home address, and to have two ways to exit a building. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Pull fire alarm

Kenji Jimenez, a Fire Prevention Week participant, pulls an alarm in a fire emergency simulator during Fire Prevention Week at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 11, 2017. The participants were taught to pull the alarm when signs of a fire such as smoke, heat or flames are present. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Low crawl

Fire Prevention Week participants low crawl during a fire emergency simulation at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 11, 2017. The event gave participants a hands on experience to interact with firefighters, explore an emergency vehicle, and learn what actions to take during a crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Sparky high five

Alanna Lakshmanan, Fire Preventions Week participant, gives Sparky the fire dog a high five during a fire safety education event at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 11, 2017. The theme for the observance week was “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out,” which means to always have a plan to exit a building in case of a fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- 11th Civil Engineer Squadron’s fire protection unit, made up of two fire stations and more than 80 firefighters, led Joint Base Andrews Fire Prevention Week 2017, Oct. 8 to Oct. 14, here.

The theme for the week was “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

“During this week, we promoted home fire safety and practiced exit drills,” said Tech. Sgt. Joshua Dean, 11th CES fire inspector. “We want everyone in the family to know what to do in an emergency. We taught people about having a meeting point after a fire, communicating your home address with a 911 operator, and making sure to always have two ways to exit a building.”

Base firefighters not only provide fire safety during Fire Prevention Week, but also year round.

Firefighters respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. They also find and rescue victims in burning buildings, aircrafts or automobiles.

When not on the scene of an emergency, firefighters perform equipment maintenance, manage fire alarm communication centers, perform practice drills, and provide public education like this observance week.

Fire Prevention Week included multiple educational events across base such as a kid’s mini muster, a fire truck parade, a prevention week 5K run, a fire station open house, fire safety education and displays. The fire department also provided fire safety education to the child development center.

“The kids really enjoyed the fire department coming out to the CDC and giving them a hands on experience with firefighters,” Diana Sledd, 11th Force Support Squadron education technician. “They taught the children how and when to dial 911 in an emergency situation. It’s good to teach the children young so they are exposed to first responders and aren’t afraid of firefighters in their full gear. The [fire safety education] was very beneficial.”
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