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District seeks fire prevention donations

Fire Prevention Week is approaching, and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue has posted a wish list of supplies on a national website to help fund educational materials.

“We have signed up for the National Fire Protection Association’s Sparky Wish List,” said Dan Hammel, division chief at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue. Prevention week starts Oct. 6.

“This is a program that allows local residents and businesses the opportunity to assist the fire district with providing educational resources for presentations during Fire Prevention Week.”

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue promotes Fire Prevention Week by conducting educational programs to grades kindergarten through five in local schools, he said.

“In addition to the presentations, we provide the traditional antique fire engine rides to the first graders,” he said. “This year’s event is focused around kitchen fires, the leading location for house fires in the nation.”

Those who want to help out can log into the fire district’s website, www.mcfr.org and follow the link to its Sparky Wish List.

Contributors can purchase a single item for as little as $12.50, Hammel said. Any assistance provided will help the district offer fire safety education programs throughout the budget year.

Hammel said he will be ordering educational materials on Friday, Sept. 27 to ensure materials arrive in time for Fire Prevention Week.

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