Columbiana Community Safety Day
The fire department worked in coordination with EMS services and police Saturday holding Community Safety Day at Fire Station #1 on South Vine Street. Residents watched several demonstrations and helped themselves to free coffee, cookies, punch, hotdogs and chili. Children and community members interacted with law enforcement, EMS workers and fire fighters. First Assistant Fire Chief Jim Douglas said the theme of Community Day was noise. Douglas explained younger residents learned about deciphering the difference between a smoke alarm and a fire alarm along with other household noises. Children got to listen to firefighters talk through masks worn during emergencies. Douglas explained familiarizing the garbled voice of a fireman reduces the chance children will hide during a house fire. Department staff want children to build familiarity with the sounds of safety crews. Douglas encourages children and residents to build a healthy relationship with community safety forces.