Live demonstrations, exhibits planned for National Fire Prevention Week

SAN DIEGO - Chula Vista firefighters will kick off National Fire Prevention Week on Saturday by hosting an open house with live demonstrations, equipment displays and fire prevention exhibits.

Firefighters, fire prevention personnel and Fire Explorers will participate in the event at Fire Station 4 held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Day. This year's campaign, "Have Two Ways Out," focuses on fire escape planning.

"We invite members of our community to join us for this annual open house," Fire Chief Dave Hanneman said. "In addition, we will give residents a first-hand look at some of our firefighting techniques and offer valuable fire prevention information."

The open house will include rides for kids on the "Little Fire Truck," free blood pressure checks by AMR ambulance service and information booths set up by the Burn Institute, the San Diego County Hazmat Unit, the Citizens Emergency Response Team, Citizens Adversity Support Team and the fire Safety Council of San Diego County.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation have also scheduled open houses throughout the week in eight city fire stations, starting with an event Sunday at Fire Station 21 in Pacific Beach, followed by a similar event at the Hillcrest station.

Activities will vary from station to station, but among those planned were tours, interactive demonstrations, CPR demonstrations and firefighter exercises like rappelling, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation.

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