Ramstein observes Fire Prevention Week
By Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 12, 2018
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community observed Fire Prevention Week on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 7-13, 2018.
During the week, KMC Fire Emergency Services held multiple events to spread awareness of fire hazards, how to prevent them, and what to do if a fire happens. These events included a parade, fire station open house, school visits, and an information station at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center.
“The theme this year for Fire Prevention Week is, ‘Look, Listen, Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,’” said Jason Haddock, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant fire chief. “Though the themes change, there is always one commonality, and that is to be fire safe.”
At the fire station open house, firefighters demonstrated their capabilities by performing a vehicle extrication and putting out a simulated aircraft fire. Attendees were also shown the correct way to put out a grease fire and what could happen if the grease fire is put out improperly.
“The correct way to put out a grease fire is by putting a lid on the pot or pan, and turning off the stove,” said Robert Stuart, 86th CES Operations assistant fire chief. “Using the lid that came with the pan is usually the best method.”
After a lid is placed and the stove is turned off, the fire department should be called, said Stuart.
In addition to identifying the correct way to put out a fire, FPW provided firefighters an opportunity to discuss ways to be ready in case of a fire.
“Being fire safe is about making sure smoke detectors are working,” said Staff Sgt. Jeff Klapak, 86th CES lead firefighter. “It’s (also about) making sure you have a fire extinguisher and knowing an escape route.”
Tech. Sgt. Michael Hyde, 86th CES Fire Prevention noncommissioned officer in charge, encourages families to be proactive in fire safety.
“As firefighters, our job is to ensure families are safe and that fires are prevented and controlled,” said Hyde. “Families can help by developing a plan, in case a fire happens, and practicing it with the entire family.”
Plans should include possible exits from each room, a meeting location, what to do if blocked in a room, and who to call for help.
“The week is significant for us to get more interaction within our community and spread information regarding fire safety to everyone,” said Hyde. “Everyone is responsible for practicing fire safety year-round.”
If a fire emergency happens, the fire department can be reached by dialing 1-1-2 on any phone. To reach the RAB Fire Department from a cellphone, members should dial 06371-47-112.