Assemblymember Wallace Attends Fire Safety Community Events

Today, Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) attended several events focused on fire safety, education, and firefighter recruitment that were hosted by local volunteer fire departments. Events were held this across WNY today to mark the conclusion of Fire Prevention Week in the United States.

“The brave men and women of our local volunteer fire departments selflessly serve in a dangerous job to aid and protect our neighbors and families, providing peace of mind in the process,” said Wallace. “However, it is crucial that we as citizens remain vigilant by knowing the steps we can take to prevent these tragedies altogether. That’s why community events like those held this Saturday are so important for families to participate in.”

With state financial resources secured by Wallace, the Bellevue Fire Company hosted its Fire Safety and Recruitment Day from at the Bellevue fire hall located at 511 Como Park Blvd. Participants experienced several demonstrations, including a grease fire, car fire, and how firefighters use Jaws of Life in serious car crashes. Free carbon monoxide detectors were distributed, and local vendors were on hand, including Rusiniak Towing, National Fuel, and the Red Cross.

Cleveland Hill Fire Department hosted its annual open house Saturday as well. Members of the community were invited to 440 Cleveland Drive to participate in fire safety educational events, including an auto extraction demonstration, a burn demonstration, a walkthrough smoke trailer for kids, blood pressure checks, a coloring contest, children’s bike raffles, and fire truck and ambulance tours.

U-Crest Fire Department also hosted an open house and fire prevention event Saturday at Raymour and Flanigan at the corner of Union Road and Galleria Drive. Firefighters held Jaws of Life demonstrations, car fire demonstrations, and gave participants rides on the department’s ATV. American Medical Response and National Fuel were in attendance providing information and giveaways.

Wallace serves as the chair of the New York State Assembly Subcommittee on Volunteer Emergency Services and has been a strong advocate for volunteer firefighters and first responders. Earlier this year, Wallace secured $250,000 for the Depew Fire Department to replace its aging breathing equipment, as well as state funding to install emergency traffic signals on French Road to assist South Line firefighters responding to emergency calls.