Assemblymember Wallace announces upcoming fire safety community events

Firefighters attend to a George Urban Boulevard house fire on September 14th.  (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace has announced several upcoming events focused on fire safety, education, and firefighter recruitment that will be hosted by local volunteer fire departments. The events will be held this Saturday, October 13, which marks the conclusion of Fire Prevention Week in the United States.

“The brave men and women of our local volunteer fire departments selflessly serve in a dangerous job to aid and protect our neighbors and families, providing peace of mind in the process,” said Ms. Wallace. “However, it is crucial that we as citizens remain vigilant by knowing the steps we can take to prevent these tragedies altogether. That’s why community events like those held this Saturday are so important for families to participate in.”

With state financial resources secured by Wallace, the Bellevue Fire Company will be hosting its Fire Safety and Recruitment Day from 10 am until 1 pm this Saturday at the Bellevue fire hall located at 511 Como Park Blvd. Participants will experience several demonstrations, including a grease fire, car fire, and how firefighters use Jaws of Life in serious car crashes. Free carbon monoxide detectors will be distributed while supplies last, and local vendors will be on hand, including Rusiniak Towing, National Fuel, and the Red Cross.

Cleveland Hill Fire Department will be hosting its annual open house this Saturday as well. From 12 pm until 4 pm, members of the community are invited to 440 Cleveland Drive to participate in fire safety educational events, including an auto extraction demonstration, a burn demonstration, a walkthrough smoke trailer for kids, blood pressure checks, a coloring contest, children’s bike raffles, and fire truck and ambulance tours.

U-Crest Fire Department is also hosting an open house and fire prevention event Saturday at Raymour and Flanigan at the corner of Union Road and Galleria Drive. This event will run from 12 pm until 4 pm. Firefighters will be holding Jaws of Life demonstrations, car fire demonstrations, and giving participants rides on the department’s ATV. American Medical Response and National Fuel will be in attendance, and hot dogs, chips, and pop will be available for purchase.

Ms. Wallace serves as the chair of the New York State Assembly Subcommittee on Volunteer Emergency Services and has been a strong advocate for volunteer firefighters and first responders. Earlier this year, Wallace secured $250,000 for the Depew Fire Department to replace its aging breathing equipment, as well as state funding to install emergency traffic signals on French Road to assist South Line firefighters responding to emergency calls.

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