MFRD Holds 13th Annual Open House
Attendees of Murphy Fire Rescue Department’s 13thAnnual Fire Prevention Week Open House, which was held Oct. 13 at the fire station,`qa met Murphy firefighters and enjoyed a day of fun filled activities. Guests were treated to a tour of the fire station including the firefighters living quarters. Hands only CPR was taught and fire safety movies were shown. Sparky the Fire Dog was very huggable and enjoyed having his photo taken. Firefighters served hot dogs, chips, popcorn and water. Murphy firefighters were very hospitable as they welcomed guests to their house, the place they spend 1/3 of their lives.
Perry Elliott, City of Murphy Fire Marshall explained why this event is important to MFRD, “It’s the department’s best opportunity to provide public education to our citizen’s and share the NFPA national message which is, “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” this year. It is also an opportunity to get to know our citizens and young adults and allow them the opportunity to learn more about what we do and how we operate as a department. We provide a fun filled learning environment so that both parents and kids can enjoy themselves and learn how to be fire safe!”
During one of the station tours, MFRD driver and engineer, Brent Ulch demonstrated what a smoke detector sounds like as well as giving directives on how to safely react if your house is on fire. He talked about the importance of staying low if there is smoke in your room which was followed up with an interactive demonstration. He told everyone to feel the door before opening it to determine if the fire is on the other side of the door. He said once you have exited the house, under no circumstances, not even to rescue a pet, are you to return into the burning building.
Ulch provided a time of questions and answers: Q. How do you get the water to put out the fire? A. We have 500 gallons of water on our truck and we use fire hydrants if necessary. Q. What if the door or window is on fire? A. Get as far away from the fire as you can. Cover up with something and wait for the firemen to get you. Q. How many calls do you get per week? A. Three to five calls per shift. 15,000 – 16,000 per year. Q. How many new recruits do you hire into the department? A. It depends. The city has taken steps to retain recruits with competitive pay. Q. How many fires do you get in a day? A. Not many in Murphy because we teach fire prevention.
Regarding his favorite aspect of the event, Elliott said, “Seeing the smiles on the kids and parents faces and knowing even though the kids are just playing, they are also actually learning how to be aware of fire, the dangers it presents and how to react in certain situations for themselves and their loved ones.”