Lt. Lee Nermo shows Perley kids what happens when you uncover a grease fire that’s been left on a hot element. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Lt. Lee Nermo shows Perley kids what happens when you uncover a grease fire that’s been left on a hot element. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue brings Fire Prevention Week to city schools

Stunning demonstrations follow fire safety lessons by Dep. Chief Piché, Lt. Nermo

School children in Grand Forks took in special presentations by Grand Forks Fire/Rescue this week.

Starting at Hutton Elementary Tuesday, Oct. 5, Dep. Chief Rich Piché and Lee Nermo, newly promoted to the rank of lieutenant, gave the kids a crash course in the themes of this year’s Fire Prevention Week. “Learn the sounds of fire safety,” kids were told, as the duo explained the workings and vital importance of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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Dep. Chief Rich Piché talks to youngsters at Hutton Elementary Tuesday, Oct. 5. Photo: Submitted

Dep. Chief Rich Piché talks to youngsters at Hutton Elementary Tuesday, Oct. 5. Photo: Submitted

At both schools, Nermo showed students and staff how to safely put out grease fires.

In a front lawn show at Dr. D. A. Perley Elementary Thursday, Oct. 7, Nermo caused a pot of lard to flash over on the department’s mock kitchen stove, drawing gasps from kids and grown-ups when, dressed in his firefighting gear, he poured water on the flames in a stunning demonstration of what not to do.

Instead, he and Piché instructed the crowd to first cover the fire with a metal lid and then turn off the stove. Pouring powder on the flames — even baking soda — will merely set off a volley of scalding grease, burning anything and anyone it touches.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, please consult the province’s website at www2. gov.bc.ca.


 

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