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OWL VFD Station 14 hosts open house on October 12th as part of Fire Prevention Week



Woodbridge, VA October 7th, 2013 —


Both children and adults are invited to Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department’s Open House to meet Firefighters, EMTs and Sparky the Fire Dog at Station 14.  Located at 12400 Hedges Run Drive in Lake Ridge on October 12th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., this free event will provide residents with the opportunity to view demonstrations, learn more about fire safety, and tour the station.  Children will receive fire helmets, temporary tattoos, stickers, and other goodies.  Facepainting, balloons, games and free food will be available as well.


Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs will be on hand to demonstrate firefighting and rescue equipment and offer fire safety tips. Parents are encouraged to review a home escape plan with their children that will prepare the family to get out quickly.


Fire Prevention week is October 6th – 12th and is the perfect time to discuss family fire safety.  This year’s focus is Preventing Kitchen Fires.   According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.


“OWL VFD is committed to community safety — we provide education, fire prevention, fire suppression and emergency rescue services for the citizens and visitors of Prince William County,” says Chief McAllister. “We are proud to host community events like these which allow us to meet people and give them an up-close look at our state-of-the-art apparatus.”


OWL VFD is one the largest and busiest volunteer fire departments in the United States with over 300 members. OWL VFD provides fire suppression, EMS care, and rescue services to 80,000 residents in our 27 square mile area through the operation of three fire stations. OWL volunteer Firefighters and EMTs work the 6 pm to 6 am shift, five days a week, plus 24/7 holidays and weekends.


For more information on OWL VFD, visit or become a fan on Facebook at Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department.



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