The Massena Fire Department has developed a very aggressive Fire Prevention and Education Program. In past years fire prevention was stressed mainly during Fire Prevention Week in October each year. We have come to realize that fire prevention, awareness and education should be our main goal fifty-two weeks a year.
We have set up a “fire prevention” room in the fire station, open to the public, which contains information and literature on a myriad of fire prevention subjects and techniques. These include making your home “fire safe”, fire & emergency escape pre-plans, proper woodstove installation, vacation & camping safety, home decorating safety and a host of others. If we cannot answer your questions or do not have specific information in-house we have a number of additional resources available that we can access. If you have a question you can also contact us by dialing our business line at 315-769-2380.
We have also instituted school visits that are conducted throughout the year, in nursery, elementary and secondary schools, to reach children during their formative years and try to instill in them the importance of fire safety. We introduce them to rudimentary fire prevention concepts and allow them to see fireman as they would appear in a full scale emergency, in full turn out gear and air pack, so that they would not be frightened or intimidated should they find themselves in a hazardous situation.
Along with our fire prevention and awareness programs, Code Enforcement and Fire Inspection Programs are another key duty that we preform in order to prevent fires. Code Enforcement and the Fire Department go hand in hand when it comes to preventing fires in your home. Many of the New York State, Village, and Town Codes have a basis in prevention of fires and life safety. These minimum code standards are set in order to help protect our citizens and businesses while teaching and promoting fire prevention, awareness and life safety.
We continually strive to improve our program. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated and are given thoughtful consideration. Assisting with fire prevention is the duty and obligation of every member of the community.