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Fire Prevention Week: 35th FW firefighters battle blazes before they begin

Put it out

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Lefthand, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, shows attendees how to use a hose during Fire Prevention Week at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 13, 2018. During the event, 35th CES firefighters educated base community members on fire prevention in order to promote a fire-safe lifestyle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Let’s do this

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Lefthand, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, shows an attendee how to use a hose during Fire Prevention Week at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 13, 2018. During the event, personnel educated base community members on fire prevention in order to promote a fire-safe lifestyle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Roll, roll, roll

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Justice Jacoby, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration journeyman, rolls up a firehose during Fire Prevention Week at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 13, 2018. Officials established the week to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, a tragic 1871 urban blaze which killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Fire chief

A participant pauses for a photo during Fire Prevention Week at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 13, 2018. The event is a public fire safety observance sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association. Annually, NFPA creates a unique campaign slogan to help educate people on safety concepts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Bilateral firetrucks

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Daniele Flick, the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron fire prevention assistant chief, shows his daughter the variations of fire trucks during Fire Prevention Week at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 13, 2018. Behind Flick include trucks from the United States, Misawa City, Japan, and Towada, Japan. Firefighters came from various cities near Misawa, representing the differences in their equipment while showcasing the strength of bilateral partnership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Zip line rides

A spectator rides on a zip line during Fire Prevention Week at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 13, 2018. Officials established the week to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, a tragic 1871 urban blaze which killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

New Connections

Attendees watch a Towada firefighter during Fire Prevention Week at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 13, 2018. Fire Prevention Week gave firefighters an opportunity to connect with the community without being on emergency call. They also got to teach the public how to make calls for emergency help and avoid fires. Local community fire departments joined on base responders for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Zippin’ through

An attendee rides on a zipline during Fire Prevention Week at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 13, 2018. During the event, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters educated base community members on fire prevention in order to promote a fire-safe lifestyle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Team Misawa members participated in the annual Fire Prevention Week here Oct. 7 to 13.

Throughout the week, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters taught children, adults and teachers more about fire safety.

“This function allows us to educate the entire base on ways to be fire safe,” said Staff Sgt. Samuel Taylor, the 35th CES fire prevention NCO in charge. “For me, personally, I enjoy teaching the base populace ways to prevent incidents from happening. For some people, this week might be the only time they attend a fire safety demonstration.”

The event is a public fire safety observance sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association. Annually, the NFPA creates a unique campaign slogan to help educate the community on safety concepts and commemorates the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred Oct. 8, 1871. The disaster killed 250 people and burned more than 17,400 buildings.

While learning various new facts about avoidance, Airman 1st Class Justice Jacoby, a 35th CES heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration journeyman, said he enjoyed the fire station open house the most.

“One of my favorite parts was the open house because I got to see everything firefighters do but more in depth than I originally thought,” Jacoby explained. “Everything they do amazes me and is really inspiring.”

The fire department wanted attendees to walk away with new information while remembering the year’s slogan.

“‘Look. Listen. Learn. Fire can happen anywhere’ is this year’s slogan. I want it to resonate with people, so they apply it in their home life,” said Taylor. “Everyone should be cognizant of fire risks in their homes and do everything possible to prevent such incidents from happening.”