Arlington Fire and Rescue open house set for Sept. 19

By Kathy Chaffin -

JONESVILLE — Arlington Fire & Rescue will host an open house to raise safety awareness on Sept. 19.

The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the fire station, located at 321 S. Main St., Jonesville. Activities will include face painting for children, a “meet and greet” and opportunity for photographs with Sparky the Fire Dog, a chance to meet and talk to fire and rescue personnel about what they do in the department, a presentation of safety tips and recommendations, a live DJ and food.

Members of the Arlington Fire & Rescue hope this event will raise public awareness about the importance of fire prevention and fire safety. Fire and rescue members are holding the open house as part of a national effort to help save lives by sharing lifesaving messages with residents of Jonesville and surrounding areas.

The event is designed to unite the fire community with the public. Most fires can be prevented, and everyone has a role in preventing them.

According to the United States Fire Administration, 81 percent of all fire deaths and three out of every four fire injuries occur in homes. Cooking is the main cause of the injuries, and most of them occur when people are frying food.

“In direct response to the home fire problem and as members of this community,” said Arlington Fire Chief Kevin Macemore, “we feel a local movement needs to be designed to make fire prevention a social norm. Practicing safe cooking and installing and maintaining smoke alarms and residential fire sprinklers will reduce the risk of deaths, injuries and property loss due to fires.”

Arlington Fire & Rescue will be distributing distributing posters and brochures on safety awareness at the open house. Fire and rescue personnel also plan to conduct workshops at local community centers and schools.

They also will be holding smoke alarm/fire sprinkler demonstrations at local retail stores and answering questions any questions they might have.

For more information on the open house and to learn more about Arlington Fire & Rescue’s local campaign activities, contact Fire Chief Kevin Macemore at 336-258-0359 or via email at

Kathy Chaffin may be reached at 336-258-4058.

By Kathy Chaffin

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