This year, Mesquite Fire and Rescue participated in National Fire Prevention Week as they have for over the past 12 years. Firefighters AprilLynn LeBaron, Tyler Black and Spencer Lewis took charge once again with their “Firehouse Rocks” skit and presented it to Virgin Valley and JL Bowler Elementary Schools as well as the Sunshine Academy at the Mesquite Recreation Center.
For the third year, the theme was “Don’t Wait – Check the Date!” which encourages households to replace their smoke detectors every 10 years. According to the national website, “NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.” Full information and study findings can be found on their website at www.firepreventionweek.org.
For Mesquite, the three firefighters are known well, as they often educate at the yearly Mesquite Night Out event held in September each year and is a clear winner with the youth. Both LeBaron and Black were on hand in costume at Saturday’s Third Annual Pancake Breakfast where they greeted the public and talked with them.
At this year’s breakfast, there were over 100 attendees throughout the two hours including the annual appearance of the Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) who showed up for the first stop of thier poker run and enjoy a hearty meal of pancakes, eggs and bacon with some coffee, orange juice and water.
“We are proud to be able to do this every year,” said Fire Chief Kash Christopher. “It’s always nice to be able to open up our house to the community and talk with the people we keep safe.
While numbers weren’t available at the time of deadline, several donations had been made at the breakfast for the Mesquite Fire Explorer program and the Boot Drive for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.