HWMO's Pablo Beimler set up a booth representing HWMO and PFX down in Hilo for this year's Fire Prevention Week. The theme for the event, "Prevent Kitchen Fires," did not go unnoticed, as local firefighters helped kids put out demonstration stove fires with fire extinguishers. Other exciting demonstrations included a "Jaws of Life" car rescue and a helicopter rescue right there on the shore of Bayfront Park. Although it rained throughout the day, a few hundred people (mostly families with their kids) made it out to the event. We passed out a number of "Ready, Set, Go" preparedness guides, NFPA pamphlets, and a great deal of Smokey the Bear gear. We also spoke to a few fire fighters about the Pacific Fire Exchange, which they took great interest in. All in all, another successful event that left the kids more aware about fire safety and with a smile on their face.
Banner photo: The crowd looks on as firefighters demonstrate a thrilling and informative car rescue with the "Jaws of Life."