As Fire Prevention Week continues, The Estevan Fire and Rescue Department is working hard to make sure everyone in Estevan and area are as safe as possible. They are doing this in part, by going door to door and checking on the smoke detectors in your home.
"So far we canvassed certain areas in the city," shared Fire Chief, Dale Feser. "We actually were in the south end of the city in the Willow Park Greens area."
"Due to the nature of the construction of the buildings, early detection is very paramount in order for people to safely escape in the event of an emergency."
Crews went door to door for two hours on Tuesday evening and if allowed, checked the homeowner's smoke alarms. They've found most of the homeowners are receptive to the fire crews.
"We had a few people who denied entry and that's completely up to them, that's the homeowner's right. On Tuesday night, we visited 33 homes. Out of those 11, no one was home. And we only had three people that refused to allow entry. There was actually another three occupancies that refused EMR to enter the home but still took a smoke alarm to install in their home."
Another three had their batteries replaced, one had no alarm so the crew installed one for them. There were also 10 houses with alarms 10 years of age or older or requiring a second alarm. Four houses had good working smoke alarms.
Another crew also went out last night.
Members of the EFRD also attended the Bruins game on Wednesday as part of First Responders Night.
"It was excellent! We cannot thank the Bruins organization enough for taking the time to honour all of our emergency services. We don't do it for the thank yous but it is very appreciated and very nice to see the support from the community."
"It's always great to be a part of something like that and it allows us an opportunity to get out there and interact with the general public and provide some public education materials that relate to Fire Prevention Week."
The EFRD also had their 50/50 tickets on sale during the hockey game. They are still available either at the fire hall or contact a firefighter to get your ticket. The draw is on October 27th.