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Pancake breakfast, station tours mark Fire Prevention Month


Several events are planned for the public this weekend and next at area fire stations as part of Fire Prevention Month.

The Sparks Fire Department hosts its 30th annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 at station No. 1, 1605 Victorian Ave.

The menu consists of pancakes, ham, eggs, juice, milk, and coffee. Breakfast is $5 for the general public and $2 for children younger than 12 and seniors age 55 and older. Food will be served by city leaders and firefighters.

Events include a live kitchen fire demonstration, jaws of life vehicle extrication, fire safety trailer exhibit , station tours and junior firefighter challenge and static displays.

Parking is available in the west Nugget Resort Casino lot off of Victorian Plaza Circle. Free shuttle service will be provided by the Nugget.

For more information, call 775-353-2261 or visit https://cityofsparks.us/event/sparks-fire-department-30th-annual-pancake-breakfast/. For a coupon for a free child’s breakfast (limit one per family), click here: https://cityofsparks.us/event/sparks-fire-department-30th-annual-pancake-breakfast/fire-2019-pancake-breakfast-coupon/ .

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District has also scheduled free open houses from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 at the following locations:

  • Station No. 42, 3680 Diamond Peak Drive, Reno
  • Station No. 46, 500 Rockwell Blvd, Spanish Springs
  • Station No. 33, 470 Foothill Road, Reno

Tours of the stations, fire engines and apparatuses are planned.  The public can also meet and talk with the firefighter crews at each station.

“This year’s fire prevention theme is ‘Not Every Hero Wears a Cape,’” TMFPD Fire Chief Charles Moore said in a statement.  “Plan and practice your escape. We all should take personal steps to increase our safety from fire not only in our homes, but in our community.  Create defensible space to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire.”

Defensible space is a buffer between a building on one’s property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or wild land area that surround it.

“And creating an evacuation plan is also essential in the event you need to evacuate. Developing a plan at the time of a fire is too late,” Moore said.  “Don’t forget to change your batteries in smoke detectors every six months.”

Fore more information on the fire protection district open houses, call 775-326-6000 or visit https://www.washoecounty.us/outreach/2019/10/2019-10-09-tmfpd-open-houses.php.

Carla O'Day
Carla O'Day
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.




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