Safety programs available through Concord Fire Station #3

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Feb. 19, 2013 -- For this episode of Cabarrus This Week, we visited Concord Fire Station #3 where we learned about all the safety programs available to the public. Because firefighters now respond to many types of emergencies, not just fires, the Concord Fire Department provides a range of education and resources to help prevent hazards. Examples include fire safety, bicycle safety, stranger awareness, evacuation planning, severe weather preparation, first aid, water safety and pedestrian safety. Safety education can be tailored to specific groups and is provided to community groups, homeowner associations, businesses, schools and others.
 
In addition, Fire Station #3 is a permanent child safety seat checking station. Any individual who needs a car seat installed or checked for proper installation can stop by Fire Station #3 Mondays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. or by appointment. Safety educators here report that only 1 in 50 child safety seats are installed correctly in vehicles. The service is offered free to expectant parents, parents, grandparents or any child care giver.
 
Fire Station #3 is unique from other local fire stations. The department’s rescue company resides here as well as all the search and rescue equipment to assist with water rescues, tall building rescues or other catastrophic events. This also is the department’s training center and features the latest in technology through its conference center which saves the department money with its training expenses and efficiently helps each firefighter attain the requirement of 400 hours of training per firefighter, per year.
 
The firefighter recruit class currently is in session. This class meets for 20 weeks at Concord Fire Station #3 and uses all the station’s resources including the training tower, where recruits simulate search and rescue.
 
As a reminder, any fire station is considered a safe haven during hazardous weather or at any other time when an individual or family does not feel safe in their home. Concord Fire Department has 10 stations located throughout the city limits. Stations #7, #8, and #9 feature community rooms which may be booked free of charge for meetings of community groups or non-profit organizations. These community rooms also can be rented for $20 per hour for birthday parties.
 
Concord Fire Station #3 is located 100 Warren C. Coleman Blvd. For more information about this station or for other offerings of the Concord Fire Department, call 704-920-5516 or visit www.concordnc.gov/Departments/Fire.
 
Other events highlighted on this week's CTW:
The Story of the Greensboro Four, Feb. 28, Kannapolis Library
Mildred Florence Stevenson Harvey Collection Presentation, Concord Library
Grow your own garden at Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm, March 16 Learn to Garden series, Feb. 23
Equestrian Exchange Tack Consignment Sale, Feb. 21-24, Cabarrus Arena
Tarheel Kids Consignment Sale, Feb. 21-24, Cabarrus Arena
Spirit Solutions Cupid Classic Cheer Competition, Feb. 23, Cabarrus Arena
Art Walk, Feb. 22, Downtown Concord
Modern Film Fest, Eyeborgs, Feb. 22, Davis Theatre
The Diary of Anne Frank, Feb. 22-24, Old Courthouse Theatre
Intimidators hosting Job Fair, March 1, CMC-NorthEast Stadium
AARP Tax Aid Program for Seniors, Mon. & Wed. through April 15, Senior Center Concord
Senior Center Dances, Feb. 22 and 23, Senior Center Concord
Cabarrus County Senior Games, Early bird registration by March 8