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Fire Prevention Week: Misawa firefighters serve up kitchen safety

Participants of the 2020 Fire Muster interact with 35th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department firefighters and the equipment they use at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 6, 2020. The 35th CES fire department hosted Fire Prevention Week to raise awareness about fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

Participants of the 2020 Fire Muster interact with 35th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department firefighters and the equipment they use at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 6, 2020. The 35th CES fire department hosted Fire Prevention Week to raise awareness about fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Douglas Smits, the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal operations section chief, drags a dummy during the 2020 Fire Muster at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 6, 2020. Fire musters give Airmen from different career fields across the wing an opportunity to test their fitness abilities against one another while experiencing tasks a firefighter would conduct during an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Douglas Smits, the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal operations section chief, drags a dummy during the 2020 Fire Muster at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 6, 2020. Fire musters give Airmen from different career fields across the wing an opportunity to test their fitness abilities against one another while experiencing tasks a firefighter would conduct during an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Matthew Melendez, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal journeyman, pulls a sled during the 2020 Fire Muster at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 6, 2020. Fire musters give Airmen from different career fields across the wing an opportunity to test their fitness abilities against one another while experiencing tasks a firefighter would conduct during an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Matthew Melendez, a 35th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal journeyman, pulls a sled during the 2020 Fire Muster at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 6, 2020. Fire musters give Airmen from different career fields across the wing an opportunity to test their fitness abilities against one another while experiencing tasks a firefighter would conduct during an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

A participant hits a Kaiser sled during the Fire Prevention Week open house, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 10, 2020. Fire musters give Airmen from different career fields across the wing an opportunity to test their fitness abilities against one another while experiencing tasks a firefighter would conduct during an emergency. 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 China M. Shock)

A participant hits a Kaiser sled during the Fire Prevention Week open house, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 10, 2020. Fire musters give Airmen from different career fields across the wing an opportunity to test their fitness abilities against one another while experiencing tasks a firefighter would conduct during an emergency. 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 China M. Shock)

Participants pull a fire truck during the 2020 Fire Muster at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 6, 2020. The muster is a culmination of fun events designed to bring the community and firefighters together to promote prevention of fire mishaps through education. Fire musters give Airmen from different career fields across the wing an opportunity to test their fitness abilities against one another while experiencing tasks a firefighter would conduct during an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

Participants pull a fire truck during the 2020 Fire Muster at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 6, 2020. The muster is a culmination of fun events designed to bring the community and firefighters together to promote prevention of fire mishaps through education. Fire musters give Airmen from different career fields across the wing an opportunity to test their fitness abilities against one another while experiencing tasks a firefighter would conduct during an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

Members of the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department perform a vehicle extraction during the Fire Prevention Week open house, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 10, 2020. 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 Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Members of the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department perform a vehicle extraction during the Fire Prevention Week open house, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 10, 2020. 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 Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

A child waves at members of the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department during a parade concluding Fire Prevention Week, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Fire Prevention Week gave firefighters an opportunity to connect with the community without being on emergency call. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

A child waves at members of the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department during a parade concluding Fire Prevention Week, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Fire Prevention Week gave firefighters an opportunity to connect with the community without being on emergency call. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Members of the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department put out a simulated live-fire during a demonstration as part of fire prevention week, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. 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 Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

Members of the 35th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department put out a simulated live-fire during a demonstration as part of fire prevention week, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. 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 Staff Sgt. Grace Nichols)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Joey Meininger, 35th Fighter Wing command chief, left, assists Col. Jesse Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, right, after a simulated live-fire demonstration as part of fire prevention week, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Officials established the week to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, a tragic 1871 urban blaze that 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 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan, Wild Weasels, F-16 Fighting Falcon, 35th CES, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, firefighter, fire department)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Joey Meininger, 35th Fighter Wing command chief, left, assists Col. Jesse Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, right, after a simulated live-fire demonstration as part of fire prevention week, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Oct. 8, 2020. Officials established the week to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, a tragic 1871 urban blaze that 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 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan, Wild Weasels, F-16 Fighting Falcon, 35th CES, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron, firefighter, fire department)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Team Misawa members participated in the annual Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4 to 10 at Misawa Air Base, Japan. The 35th Civil Engineer Squadron fire and emergency services hosted several activities involving engaging participation from both military and civilian personnel.

Throughout the week, 35th CES firefighters taught children, adults and teachers more about fire safety; the week included a fire muster, night live fire burn demonstration, a base parade and an open house.

“Fire Prevention Week was established in the United States to raise awareness to the general populous, often we find that fires are started in a manner that could have been easily avoided,” said Master Sgt. Travis Keale, the 35th CES assistant chief of fire prevention.

Annually, the National Fire Protection Association creates a unique campaign slogan to help educate the community on safety concepts while commemorating the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred Oct. 8, 1871, a disaster that killed 250 people and burned more than 17,400 buildings.

The 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Serve up kitchen fire safety” effectively serves to remind us that we need to take personal steps to increase our safety from fire especially with holidays quickly approaching.

“We want to stress that when you are in the kitchen, safety is imperative,” Keale said. “Do not leave cooking unattended and ensure that your fire extinguisher is serviceable and accessible.”

“This week allows us to educate the entire base on ways to be fire-safe,” said Staff Sgt. Emillian Kuznetsov, the 35th CES fire prevention NCO in charge. “For me, personally, I enjoy teaching the children on ways to prevent incidents from happening. We want the attendees to walk away with new information while remembering this year’s slogan.”

For more information about fire safety, contact the fire department at 226- 3218.