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Kunsan stays on the offensive with fire prevention week

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 8th Fighter Wing passes students from the Gunsan Mun Hwa Elementary School during their visit to the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department open house at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 16, 2019. Fire department personnel provided the students with a tour of the fire house, showed them the equipment used to fight fires and taught basic fire safety skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Arends)

A U.S. Air Force 8th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter helps a student from Gunsan Mun Hwa Elementary School use a metal cutting tool during an open house at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 16, 2019. Tools like this are often needed if firefighters need to get through large metal objects, such as vehicles, or gain access to locked doors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Arends)

U.S. Air Force Col. Lawrence Sullivan, 8th Fighter Wing vice commander, poses with 8th Civil Engineer Squadron leaders after signing the Fire Prevention Week proclamation at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 16, 2019. This year’s FPW campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Arends)

A firefighter assigned to the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron demonstrates how to put out a simulated fire during a Fire Prevention Week open house at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 16, 2019. Fire extinguishers are typically the first resort for putting out a fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Arends)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Whittaker, 8th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, helps a student from Gunsan Mun Hwa Elementary School how to use a pulley system to raise a rescue dummy during a fire department open house at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 16, 2019. Fire department personnel provided the students with a tour of the fire house, showed them the equipment used to fight fires and taught basic fire safety skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Arends)

Members of the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department, students and staff from Gunsan Mun Hwa Elementary School pose for a picture at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 16, 2019. The Kunsan AB Fire Department welcomed 56 students from a local school to teach them about fire safety and show them the equipment they use to fight fires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Arends)

U.S. Air Force 8th Fighter Wing Airmen participate in a hose relay during the fire muster competition at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 18, 2019. Four-member teams from across base competed in seven events to see which team could complete the course the fastest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Arends)

Airmen from the 8th Fighter Wing try to spray a ball off a cone with a charged hose during the fire muster competition at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 18, 2019. Four-member teams from across base competed in seven events to see which team could complete the course the fastest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Arends)

Members of the 8th Security Forces Squadron pull a firetruck during the fire muster competition at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 18, 2019. The fire muster competition gave all Wolf Pack Airmen an opportunity to test their fitness abilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Arends)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

The 8th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department held several events to promote fire safety and raise awareness about Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 14 – Oct. 18.

Fire Prevention Week occurs annually during the month of October and focuses on educating adults and children on fire hazards, what to do during a fire emergency and how they can prevent fires. This year’s FPW campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Col. Lawrence Sullivan, 8th Fighter Wing vice commander, kicked off the week by signing the Fire Prevention Week proclamation, followed by a fire station tour and mini-muster for local children from the Gunsan Mun Hwa Elementary School. The week also included multiple fire drills across the base and a fire muster competition.  

For more information on Fire Prevention week and fire safety, visit  NFPA.org.

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