The High River Fire Department is having a busy week, both looking to bolster it's ranks and performing door to door smoke detector inspections for residents.

The efforts are all part of Fire Prevention Week in North America which goes from Sunday, October 7 to Saturday, October 13.

High River Fire Department Captain Rodney Keller says this years theme is about being prepared for a fire anywhere and at anytime.

"The theme this year is, "look, listen and be aware." Fire can happen anywhere, so it's about looking for places where potential fire hazards are and listening for your smoke alarm because you only have a few minutes to get out once it sounds, and learning two ways out of every room."

In terms of fire alarms and detectors, Keller says it's important for people to keep up to date with inspections and their local fire department can help them out.

"We are also doing a smoke detector blitz in the Town of High River. We are trying to hit as many areas in town as we can, so you may see firefighters out wanting to check your smoke detectors and provide you information on them."

Keller noted that along with the door to door inspection, residents can contact the Fire Department's website to schedule an appointment.

In addition to raising public awareness on fire safety, the Fire Hall is looking to add to its ranks.

Keller says there's a few openings available in High River.

"We are currently recruiting for qualified firefighters for the Town of High River, to bolster our secondary truck response. Right now I believe the posting is open for seven positions, so we're looking to get around seven people, within five kilometres from High River."

Applicants can find the postings on the town's website.


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