Warren Fire Department preaches fire safety, offers tips

Over 200 people showed up to the department's open house on Sunday, which was part of National Fire Prevention Week

WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Over 200 people showed up on Sunday to play on firetrucks, chat with firefighters and watch live demonstrations at the Warren Fire Department’s annual open house, which was part of National Fire Prevention Week.

“We have a rescue simulator where we cut a car apart using the jaws of life,” said William Monrean, assistant chief of the Warren Fire Department. “And STAT Medevac will be landing a helicopter here — a Life Flight helicopter”

The goal was to raise awareness about fire safety.

“Particularly this time of the year,” Monrean said, “People are starting to run alternative heat sources, things like that, things that cause fires in their houses.”

As the weather gets colder — the station gets busier.

“Well we see a large increase in those calls that we talked about that are the heat-related calls,” Monrean said. “Heat-source related calls.”

So here’s what you do before you kick on that furnace…

“Have a professional come out and check your appliances,” Monrean said. “Make sure everything is operating properly. Again, check your smoke detectors, change the batteries. And make sure the smoke detectors are up and working also.”