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Get fired up for safety at Fire Department open house

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 30, 2015

 Ismail Hamzavi, of Troy, aims a fire extinguisher at at small controlled fire with help from Troy Fire Lt. Ali Taqi during the open house at Fire Station 6 last October.

Ismail Hamzavi, of Troy, aims a fire extinguisher at at small controlled fire with help from Troy Fire Lt. Ali Taqi during the open house at Fire Station 6 last October.

File photo by Sean Work

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Learn how to hear the beep when you sleep during the annual Troy Fire Department Open House Oct. 4.

Troy Fire Chief Bill Nelson explained that this year’s theme, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep,” was determined by the National Fire Protection Association and is used across the country as a safety theme during National Fire Prevention Week.

“We’re fortunate in Troy — we don’t have a significant fire problem because we are vigilant,” Nelson said.

He said that information presented at events such as the open house “keeps people on their toes and teaches everybody not to let their guard down.”

In case of a fire, “you don’t have time to think about what you’re going to do,” he said. “You have to respond quickly and get people out of a building to avoid a tragic outcome.”

Firefighters will explain ways residents and business owners can protect themselves from fire. There will be stop, drop and roll demonstrations, and ladder truck rides at fire stations 1, 2 and 3. People can practice home exit fire drills in the Fire Safety House at Station 3. Participants can try their hand using a fire hose, watch the Jaws of Life in action and learn the right way to use a fire extinguisher at all of the fire stations.

The Troy Fire Department open house will be held 1-4 p.m. Oct. 4 at six stations:

• Station 1, 1019 E. Big Beaver Road

• Station 2, 5600 Livernois Road

• Station 3, 2400 W. Big Beaver Road

• Station 4, 2103 E. Maple Road

• Station 5, 6399 John R Road

• Station 6, 5901 Coolidge Road

Station 6 will have only limited parking. A free shuttle will be offered from Hamilton Elementary on Northfield Parkway.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief Dave Roberts said the volunteer Fire Department is looking for new recruits.

“Troy’s volunteer firefighters are made up of people who live and/or work within the city of Troy,” Roberts said in a prepared statement. “Troy firefighters include local professionals and others who wanted to give back to their community. The men and women who serve as volunteer firefighters help make Troy a safe place to live, work and play.  They do it because they care about their community and find it to be an incredibly rewarding experience.”

Cindy Stewart, community affairs director for the city of Troy, described the open house as a “great activity for our Troy families.”

She noted that kids love climbing on the trucks and trying on the gear.

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