Fire Prevention Week 2019

The Peace River & County of Northern Lights Fire Departments are teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) – the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years – to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practise Your Escape!” The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.  Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12, 2019.

In Canada, most fire deaths occur in the home, where people believe they are most safe. Canadian fire departments respond to roughly 25,600 structure fires per year.  In 2015, structure fires caused more than 1,400 injuries and almost 200 deaths.*

“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practise can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

While NFPA and The Peace River & County of Northern Lights Fire Departments are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location.

“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Tim Harris, Fire Chief for the Town of Peace River and Regional Fire Chief of the County of Northern Lights. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

To promote Fire Safety at this time of year, The Peace River Fire Department and the County of Northern Lights Fire Services will be holding an Open House at Fire Hall #1 in downtown Peace River (10018 100 Ave) on October 19th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The event will include a Pancake Breakfast, Truck and Equipment Displays, Fire Extinguisher practice, a Vehicle Extrication Demonstration (at 11:00 am), an Interactive Hazard House and Sparky the Fire Dog as well as Fire Safety information

For more information about Fire Prevention programs and activities in Peace River and the County of Northern Lights, visit our websites at; or or on Facebook at; or

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit

(* Fire data for 2012-2016 was obtained from 10 of the 13 provincial and territorial offices of the fire marshal/fire commissioner; 2015 is the most recent year for which injury/fatality data is available.)

In Photo:

Back row Left to Right:

Captain Mike Frayne, Firefighter Sabbir Zahed, Firefighter Manuel Gomez, Lieutenant James Martin, Firefighter Graham Smyth, Lieutenant Patrick Connellan, Senior Firefighter Nolan Keddie, Fire Chief Tim Harris, Engineer Drew Keddie, Firefighter Tristan Sanchuck, Firefighter Jack Cook, Captain Robin Differenz.

Front row Left to Right:

Firefighter Rhianna Differenz, Junior Firefighter Emily Differenz, Firefighter William Halabisky, Firefighter Danika Jurczak, Probationary Firefighter Kelly Laramore, Firefighter Allanah Kalyniuk, Engineer Dane Cruickshank, Firefighter Jesse Kasouf, Firefighter Travis Mitten.


Missing from Photo:

Captain Mike Kinshella, Engineers; Tim Berger, Elysia Pan, Cheryl Rogers, Firefighters; Matthew Bolduc, Clayton Diesel, Nat Donoghue, Megan Frizzell, Cameron Jackson, Angela Makrakos, Megan Peterson, Trevor Routledge, Dale Shewchuk, Tristan Vander Klok, Riley Watchorn, Maria Wieler,  Probationary Firefighters; Kelly Donoghue, Cornelio Esguerra (Chaplain), Bushra Farooqui, Jamie Green, Gregory Matychuk, Mike Song, Junior Firefighters; Keely Girard, Morgan Hayward.