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Lee Co. firefighters kick off National Fire Prevention Week

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Lee Co. firefighters kick off National Fire Prevention Week

By Sara Belsole. CREATED Oct 12, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Fire trucks and flashing lights outside Edison Mall Saturday. But don't worry, it wasn't an emergency.  It's all apart of Fire Prevention Week.

"It's a good time to come out and see the apparatus, see all the fire stuff and get some good handouts," Cape Coral Battalion Chief and President of Lee County's Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association Alan Carter said.

The Lee County Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association teamed up with Fort Myers Police and the Florida Forrest Service for Saturday's event. This year's theme is preventing kitchen fires.

"That's the number one cause of fires, unattended cooking, and it's still a problem so we have some good handouts along with EMS everyone has some good literature about public safety," Carter said.
10-year-old Timothy Chason said he learned a lot from visiting the booths inside the mall.
"I saw some the gear the firefighters use, they handed out gift bags, it was pretty cool," Chason said.
The adults thought it was pretty cool, too. Arenetria, who has two sons, said she was able to get information about Fort Myers Police's Explorers Program and that she learned some valuable lessons to help keep her family safe.
"How to use the fire extinguisher the right way, the CPR classes for the kids, they can take up the classes so my kids were very interested," she said.
Some fun and education--exactly what Lee County firefighters were hoping to bring to the table.
"Since 9/11 especially, fire trucks and all the stuff, the stations have really been locked down, so to get a fire truck out and about and in the public's eye is always a good thing," Carter said.