Adams County Volunteer Emergency Services Association members gear up for Fire Prevention Week in Gettysburg

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Adams County Volunteer Emergency Services Association (ACVESA) member unit Gettysburg Fire Department Co. 1 is holding a public Fire Prevention Week demonstration in Lincoln Square, downtown Gettysburg, Tuesday, Oct. 11. ACVESA is also using Fire Prevention Week to raise public awareness of a campaign to bring a state-of-the-art emergency training facility to Adams County, Pa.

Steven and Parker Schlosser

Steven and Parker Schlosser, father and son from Arendtsville Community Volunteer Fire Company

As a nation, we recognize fire prevention and home safety one week a year. As a family, you need to practice fire prevention and home safety 52 weeks a year—Ken Kime, President, Adams County Volunteer Emergency Services Association

Members of Adams County Volunteer Emergency Services Association (ACVESA) are using Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15, to raise public awareness of fire safety in Adams County, Pa. The Gettysburg Fire Department Co. 1, one of ACVESA’s member units, will hold a public Fire Prevention Week program from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, on Lincoln Square in downtown Gettysburg.

The fire department’s full entourage of emergency vehicles, including Truck-1 (ladder truck), will be stationed on the square. Members of the department will also demonstrate rappelling techniques, using the ACNB building in Lincoln Square as the rappelling source. Additional activities include fire extinguisher safety demonstrations by the Gettysburg College Life and Safety Department, displays provided by the Adams County Department of Emergency Services and the 911 Center, the Adams County American Red Cross and the Gettysburg Fire Department.

The Fire Prevention Week program in downtown Gettysburg is presented in conjunction with a national campaign organized through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

“As a nation, we recognize fire prevention and home safety one week a year. As a family, you need to practice fire prevention and home safety 52 weeks a year,” said Ken Kime, president of ACVESA. “Fire and accidents in the home won’t wait for you to get around to practicing fire prevention and home safety.”

ACVESA is also using Fire Prevention Week to increase public awareness of the organization’s efforts to bring a new state-of-the-art, multi-purpose emergency services training facility to Adams County. The 980-square-foot training facility’s future home will be behind the Adams County Department of Emergency Service’s 911 Center at 230 Greenamyer Lane, Gettysburg.

“You want trained professional volunteers to respond to fire emergencies,” Kime said. “The new state-of-the-art Adams County emergency training center will allow those individuals to stay in Adams County to receive the training needed to respond to emergencies in the community.”

ACVESA launched a capital campaign for the new facility within its association earlier this year. This fall, the association will launch a direct-mail donations appeal to Adams County residents and will use social media outlets, including Facebook, to heighten public awareness of the building campaign. Online donations are being accepted at http://www.acvesa.org/donate.

For more information on ACVESA, fire prevention and safety, and the training facility fundraising campaign, visit http://www.acvesa.org.

About Adams County Volunteer Emergency Services Association (ACVESA)
The Adams County Volunteer Emergency Services Association (ACVESA) is comprised of 23 member fire departments within Adams County, Pa. The 4,000-member association was organized in 2000. ACVESA members provide volunteer emergency fire and medical services to 23 boroughs and municipalities in the county. ACVESA is currently raising funds to build a new state-of-the-art training facility in Adams County. Donations for the campaign are being accepted through the ACVESA website at http://www.acvesa.org/donate.

About National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training and education. The 2011 NFPA Fire Prevention Week campaign is directed at educating families about preventing fires in the home and responding to emergency situations.

About Fire Prevention Week
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation announcing a national observance during that week every year since 1925.

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