(La Porte, IN) - The City of La Porte Fire Department will kick off Fire Prevention Week with its annual open house this Saturday.
According to Assistant Fire Chief Kelly Burke, the open house is an opportunity for the public to meet their local firefighters and learn about fire prevention and safety. He believes this is especially important as Fire Prevention Week begins on Sunday.
"Our department open house is a great way for our residents to get to know us a little bit better and understand more about what we do," Burke said.
Burke said the fire this week at the old American Rubber factory building is an example of why the public should be better educated in knowing how to respond to a fire.
"The topic of fire prevention and safety is especially timely this week after the fire on Brighton Street, and we want to make sure the members of our community know what they should and shouldn't do in the event of a fire in their own homes or neighborhoods," Burke said.
The open house is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 809 West 18th Street Fire Station. Free lunch and tours of the station and the EDITH House will be offered.
The Lindsey O'Brien Kesling Wishing Tree Foundation will also give away free carbon monoxide detectors.
Residents with questions may contact Burke at (219) 362-3456.