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Firetrucks Taking to Greenview Community for 2019 Fire Prevention Parade

Columbia Richland Fire will once again be bringing the message of fire safety to area streets as this year the annual Fire Prevention Parade will roll through neighborhoods around Greenview Park.

The parade will commence near David and Gabriel streets on the morning of Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. Multiple firetrucks will then proceed down parts of David Street until they arrive at the park.

After the parade a community block party will be held, which will feature food, games, firetrucks and plenty of fire safety information to share.

“As sworn members of the fire service it is not only our duty to protect the public when a major fire breaks out but also spread information and education to prevent fires from happening,” Columbia Richland Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins said.

“This parade is our way of making that goal fun and engaging for area families,” Jenkins added, “Last year I was thrilled with the results of our fire prevention parade when we took it off of Main Street and into the hearts of communities. I’m looking forward to having the same impact with this year’s event.”

Parade participants will meet near the intersection of David Street and Gabriel Street at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, October 12.

The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is ‘Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape.’

                    Photos from the 2018 Fire Prevention Parade on Barhamville Rd in Columbia

The department STRONGLY encourages area residents to create and practice emergency escape plans for their homes. Work with your family to develop a plan with TWO ways out of every room and drill the plan often.

Residents are also encouraged to test their smoke alarms at least once a month and install them inside and outside each sleeping area AND on all floors of your home.

To register for this year’s Fire Prevention Parade, contact Fire Education Officer Bengie Leverett at bengie.leverett@columbiasc.gov