Public education and fire prevention are important to the Tecumseh Fire/Rescue Service (TFRS). The department's ChiefFire Prevention Officer, Bob Hamilton and fire suppression staff provide training to all Grade 2 students within Tecumseh and offers ‘Risk Watch’ and ‘TAPP-C’ programming to all school boards.
The department actively supports the ‘Children’s Village’ in Windsor and TFRS personnel regularly conduct public education at the village. Fire Prevention is a central focus of the department, which holds public education and open house activities during Public Education Week, October 6th through 10th.
Our latest project, the "Fire Bug" (seen above) is both efficient and "GREEN". The department's GEM Car was manufactured by Chrysler and is used during fire prevention week, at special events such as the Tecumseh Corn Festival, parades, fire musters and is taken to the 12 schools within Tecumseh as part of fire education, TAPP-C and RISK WATCH programming. Tecumseh fire suppression staff designed and built our 'fire bug'.
During special events, the vehicle additionally provides emergency medical defibrillation and a small fire extinguishment capability. As a "Green" inititative, it is entirely electric, has a range of 36 miles and can reach speeds of 50 kilometers per hour.
Fire Prevention Week 2010 - Another Terrific Community Response
Once again, fire prevention week was a great success in Tecumseh, which ran from October 4th through the 8th. This year the department's personnel outdid themselves and hosted hundreds of children and their families each evening. Children and parents alike enjoyed fire apparatus truck rides, putting on firefighting turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatus, viewing thermal imaging cameras, as well as a range of other activities included a children's coloring contest. The fire prevention message is definitely getting out to the community, as Tecumseh has one of the lowest instances of fire per capita in Ontario.
Special thanks needs to be extended to our fire prevention officer, Asst. Chief Bob Hamilton, Tecumseh OPP and Windsor-Essex Ambulance Services for their support and attendance. They provided children with the opportunity to experience a range of activities that helped reduce the fear children associate with daily emergency services interactions.
And in particular, thank you to our Tecumseh Firefighters and their families who go above and beyond every day to make Tecumseh a community, where people care about each other. Thank you all for a job well done.