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Ramstein observes Fire Prevention Week

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dakota Ball, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron driver operator, speaks to children during a Fire Prevention Week school visit on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 9, 2018. This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is, “Look, Listen, Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” “Look for places where a fire can happen, listen for smoke alarms, and learn two ways out of every room,” said Jason Haddock, 86th CES Fire Prevention assistance fire chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dakota Ball, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron driver operator, speaks to children during a Fire Prevention Week school visit on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 9, 2018. This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is, “Look, Listen, Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” “Look for places where a fire can happen, listen for smoke alarms, and learn two ways out of every room,” said Jason Haddock, 86th CES Fire Prevention assistance fire chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Sascha Rech, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron lead firefighter, displays how firefighters look in their gear to children on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 9, 2018. Familiarity with firefighters can help prevent children from being scared of responders during a fire emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Sascha Rech, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron lead firefighter, displays how firefighters look in their gear to children on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 9, 2018. Familiarity with firefighters can help prevent children from being scared of responders during a fire emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Jason Haddock, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Prevention assistant fire chief, talks to a family during Fire Prevention Week on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 9, 2018. Throughout Fire Prevention Week, members of Kaiserslautern Military Community Fire and Emergency Services spread information about fire safety to families on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Jason Haddock, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Prevention assistant fire chief, talks to a family during Fire Prevention Week on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 9, 2018. Throughout Fire Prevention Week, members of Kaiserslautern Military Community Fire and Emergency Services spread information about fire safety to families on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

A firefighter with the Kaiserslautern Military Community Fire and Emergency Services demonstrates what happens when water is poured on a grease fire on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 6, 2018. If a grease fire happens, the fire should be smothered by placing the lid on the pot or pan to prevent oxygen from feeding the flames. After a lid has been placed on the pot or pan, the fire department should be called. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

A firefighter with the Kaiserslautern Military Community Fire and Emergency Services demonstrates what happens when water is poured on a grease fire on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 6, 2018. If a grease fire happens, the fire should be smothered by placing the lid on the pot or pan to prevent oxygen from feeding the flames. After a lid has been placed on the pot or pan, the fire department should be called. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Attendees watch as firefighters assigned to the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron fight a simulated aircraft fire on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 6, 2018. Firefighters demonstrated their capabilities for members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community as part of the fire department’s open house to kick off Fire Prevention Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Attendees watch as firefighters assigned to the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron fight a simulated aircraft fire on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 6, 2018. Firefighters demonstrated their capabilities for members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community as part of the fire department’s open house to kick off Fire Prevention Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Firefighters assigned to the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron fight a simulated aircraft fire on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 6, 2018. As part of the fire department’s open house to kick off Fire Prevention Week, the firefighters demonstrated their skill for members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Firefighters assigned to the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron fight a simulated aircraft fire on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 6, 2018. As part of the fire department’s open house to kick off Fire Prevention Week, the firefighters demonstrated their skill for members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Children from Ramstein Elementary School stand with Sparky and react to fire truck sirens on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 9, 2018. Firefighters visited schools during Fire Prevention Week to familiarize children with personnel, equipment, and fire safety tips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Children from Ramstein Elementary School stand with Sparky and react to fire truck sirens on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 9, 2018. Firefighters visited schools during Fire Prevention Week to familiarize children with personnel, equipment, and fire safety tips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Firefighters from the Kaiserslautern Military Community Fire and Emergency Services drive fire trucks by base housing on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 6, 2018. Fire trucks were part of a parade to kick off Fire Prevention Week on Ramstein, observed from Oct. 7 - 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Firefighters from the Kaiserslautern Military Community Fire and Emergency Services drive fire trucks by base housing on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 6, 2018. Fire trucks were part of a parade to kick off Fire Prevention Week on Ramstein, observed from Oct. 7 - 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Airmen from the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band, Touch n’ Go, perform at Fire Station 1 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 6, 2018. The band played during the fire department’s open house for Fire Prevention Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Airmen from the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band, Touch n’ Go, perform at Fire Station 1 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 6, 2018. The band played during the fire department’s open house for Fire Prevention Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Fligor, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron Station 3 station chief, helps a child put out a simulated fire on a fire extinguisher trainer on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 6, 2018. Members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community Fire and Emergency Services came together during Fire Prevention Week to help raise awareness of the importance of fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. James Fligor, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron Station 3 station chief, helps a child put out a simulated fire on a fire extinguisher trainer on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 6, 2018. Members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community Fire and Emergency Services came together during Fire Prevention Week to help raise awareness of the importance of fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

Firefighters from the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron perform an extrication exercise during an open house on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 6, 2018. During Fire Prevention Week, members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community Fire and Emergency Services helped familiarize families with the importance of fire safety and how firefighters can help in emergency situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)
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Firefighters from the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron perform an extrication exercise during an open house on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 6, 2018. During Fire Prevention Week, members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community Fire and Emergency Services helped familiarize families with the importance of fire safety and how firefighters can help in emergency situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jimmie D. Pike)

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The Kaiserslautern Military Community Fire Emergency Services gathered over the course of one week and hosted events as well as a parade to emphasize the importance of fire safety and prevention.

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.