We would like to thank our sponsors and fire fighters who helped make this day so successful. Sentry Fire Protection, Carolina Diesel Repair, Modern Woodmen, Johnnys Towing of Ramseur, Farm Bureau, Insurance Associate of Triad, PJs Diner of Asheboro

FIRE and SAFETY Education DAY: As a senior at Providence Grove High School, Blayne Dixon needed a project. With his teachers approval, he set about a plan to have a fire safety and education day at the Franklinville Fire Department (FFD). This would be a day where everyone in the community of all ages could come, have fun and learn about fire safety.
Once the idea of a fire safety education fun day caught on, everyone seemed to pitch in and help. The sponsors and volunteers were excited about the events planned. On Saturday, May 7, 2011 the day began at 9am where the inflatable fire house, the fire hose / house fire challenge, fire extinguisher demonstration, vehicle extrication demonstration and home fire sprinkler demonstration took place at station 8.
In between demonstrations, visitors got the chance to visit the Randolph County CARE program, where they handed out information. And to visit Randolph County SAFE Kids, who provided information to parents and care givers about child passenger safety.


The Franklinville Fire Department bought an inflatable fire house with grant money saved from another project. Since the funds were used for fire protection / prevention, FEMA ok’d the purchase. Josh Dixon was inside to ensure the kids safety and to point out the fire safety reminders printed on the walls. The fire safety house was set up on the ball field and Main Street was closed to ensure everyone’s safety while crossing the street. ....Click here to see more pictures


Also, set up on the ball field was the Kids Fire hose challenge. FFD built and set up a prop to simulate a house with windows. The windows were designed to simulate a fire. The goal was to use the fire hose to knock down the “fire” in the windows. It gave the kids (big and small) a chance to handle a real fire hose and nozzle. There were about as many adults as kids that knocked down the fire! ....Click here to see more pictures


At 10am, Brian Causey taught a class on handling and using fire extinguishers. Everyone learned about the different types of extinguishers and how and when to use each kind. Brian discussed the most typical type of fire extinguisher in a house and encouraged everyone to ensure there is fire extinguisher in each house hold. He ensured that everyone willing too had a “hands on” experience using to put out a real fire. Of course there were plenty of fire fighters standing by just in case of an accident.
If you missed Brain’s training, then you really missed a great opportunity for a “hands on ” experience using something that every one should know how to use. Certainly the kids that participated will never forget how to use a fire extinguisher. ....Click here to see more pictures


Shortly after the fire extinguisher training, around 11am, there was a “staged” auto accident. Fire Chief Kyle Dixon narrated and explained the stages and what was happening during the rescue. “Rescue Randy” was placed inside a wrecked car to demonstrate how the fire fighters, who are usually the first on scene, can use the “Jaws of Life” to cut open a car and free the occupant. The Jaws of Life came from Hurst. (Throughout the world, the name Hurst Jaws of Life has become synonymous with saving lives. For well over three decades, this name clearly has set the standard for power, dependability and life-saving performance. As the pioneer of the world’s first rescue tool, the company decided to appropriately label these products Hurst “Jaws of Life” because they snatch victims from the jaws of death.) Once the door was cut away the rescuers safely removed and carried away the driver. This demo showed and explained why so much equipment is carried on the fire trucks. ....Click here to see more pictures

The final demo of the day was the home sprinkler demonstration. Josh Dixon narrated the event. FFD built a shelter with two rooms. The right side did not have a sprinkler while the left side had one installed (by Sentry Fire Protection of Asheboro). The right side of the shelter / room was set on fire and the timer began to tick. The smoke detector sounded in about 10 seconds. The average response time for FFD to respond to a call is 4.9 minutes. The un protected room was fully involved within about 4.5 minutes. After the fire on the right side was doused and everyone was allowed to inspect the damage, the left side was set a blaze. Again within about 10 seconds the smoke detector alarmed. However, this time as soon as the sprinkler system sensed the temperature increase it was activated. It took roughly about 1.5 minutes for activation, thus the room was not burned.

before burn

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after burn