Over 3,000 people participate in ACFR Fire Prevention week
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Albemarle County Fire Rescue hosted their fire prevention week finale this weekend at Hollymead Shopping Center.
Families came out and were able to tour trucks, finalize their fire prevention scavenger hunts, and learn about fire safety. Fire Marshal Gilbert Monroe said nearly 3,000 people participated in the week’s events centered around cooking safety.
“Unattended cooking fires are one of our number one causes. We want people to pay attention while they are in the kitchen. Make it a kid free zone. Keep kids and pets and debris away from the kitchen stove, about three feet away. That way no one gets burned or has any fires,” ACFR Fire Marshal, Gilbert Monroe said.
One of the special guests at the event was CHO's newest truck, a 2023 Rosenbauer Panther which holds 1500 gallons of water and is built to be able to be operated by just one firefighter in case of an aircraft emergency.
“The trucks are designed to create the emergency path for people to get off the aircraft if there is a fire. So that is what the truck is designed for. For the firefighters to get the aircraft, be able to create a path for people to safely get off the place. And then once we know everyone is off , that is when we start working to suppress the fire completely,” CHO Fire Chief Jonathan Shenk said.