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Area firefighters mark start
of Fire Prevention Week

By Staff
SAFETY EDUCATION – Meridian firefighter Lee Prewitt, a senior firefighter at Meridian's Station 5 at 2302 Highway 39 North, shows his son, Noah, the proper way to change batteries in a smoke detector. In the background are fellow senior firefighter Edwin Blue, left, and Capt. Danny Ivy. City and county firefighters plan to promote fire safety this week as a part of National Fire Prevention Week. Photo by Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star
October 4, 2004
By Georgia E. Frye / staff writer
Meridian and Lauderdale County firefighters plan to visit elementary school students this week to talk about fire prevention and what they should do if caught in a burning building.
Capt. Danny Ivy, a Meridian firefighter at Station 5, 2302 Highway 39 North, said he will teach students techniques on what to do if they see a fire.
This week is National Fire Prevention Week. More than 15,000 firefighters in Mississippi's 82 counties plan to participate in the event by promoting fire prevention.
Ivy said this week was chosen as Fire Prevention Week because it is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. He said people should use the week to change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Weeklong observation
Mississippi Insurance Commissioner George Dale, who also serves as the state's fire marshal, touted the weeklong observation Friday at the state Fire Academy in Jackson.
Dale also introduced "Alex," a firefighter mascot designed to spread the message of fire safety and prevention to children throughout the state.
At Meridian's Station 5, Ivy and senior firefighters Lee Prewitt and Edwin Blue help man the location. They are responsible for the area east of 23rd Avenue to the north and south city limits.
Emergency calls
Ivy said about half of the station's calls are to stabilize vehicle accident victims until an ambulance can arrive on the scene. He said firefighters work 24 hours and then are off for 48 hours.
When firefighters aren't putting out fires or assisting with accidents, they spend most of their time performing maintenance on the station's one fire engine and maintaining the station itself.
Prewitt said firefighters at Station 5 are like a family they spend a third of their lives together at the station and even grocery shop together. At the beginning of a 24-hour shift, he and the others usually buy enough food to cook for a couple of days.
Prewitt said his specialty is spaghetti.
Prewitt's son, Noah, who is in the second grade at Clarkdale Attendance Center, said he likes hanging out with his dad at the fire house and that he wants to be a firefighter when he grows up.
His favorite thing to do at the firehouse? "I like to play soccer with my dad out in the yard."

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