News Release -- Mayor Warren Declares Oct. 8 to 14 ‘Fire Prevention Week’

 News Release

Mayor Warren Declares Oct. 8 to 14 ‘Fire Prevention Week’

 (Friday, Oct. 6, 2017) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren declared next week as “Fire Prevention Week” in the city of Rochester. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out.”

“Seconds can mean the difference between life and death, from escaping a fire or having it end in tragedy,” Mayor Warren said. “Having a plan for two ways of escape from each room can save precious seconds. It can save lives.”

The Fire Department will be out in the community next week, educating the public about fire prevention and having an escape plan.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday Oct. 7, the Department will hold an open house at the Dewey and Ridgeway Fire House, 1477 Dewey Ave. This location houses Truck 2, Engine 10 and the Fire Investigation Unit. Beforehand, at 9 a.m., students from the University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men will put on a demonstration of the role home sprinkler systems can play in fire safety.

This month marks the 200th Anniversary of organized firefighting in Rochester. On October 19, 1817, the first fire company was organized in the town of Rochesterville, New York, which would later become the City of Rochester. What started with five volunteers, an organized bucket brigade and $350 dollars allocated for equipment has become a Department with 481 firefighters, 16 fire houses and 21 pieces of fire apparatus.

“24 hours a day, 365 days a year, our fire fighters, command team and support staff are on duty, protecting our families, our businesses and our property,” Mayor Warren said. “And for that, on behalf of the citizens of Rochester, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude.”


News Media: For more information, contact Press Officer Jessica Alaimo at 428-7135.