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National Fire Prevention Week kicks off with Main Street parade

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Emergency vehicles travel down Main Street as part of the annual parade. Emergency vehicles travel down Main Street as part of the annual parade.
Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins greets a parade-goer. Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins greets a parade-goer.

 By: Jen Ashley

     The sound of sirens blaring filled downtown Columbia Monday morning, but there was no emergency.

     Around 65 emergency vehicles paraded down Main Street to the State House to kick off National Fire Prevention Week. The week is aimed at educating students, senior citizens and the general community about precautionary measures that can minimize the risk of house fires as well as steps to take in case of a fire.

     The theme across the country this year is 'Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.' Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins says that testing your smoke alarm at least once a month is one way people can protect their homes against fire.

     The parade is one of many events being held across the Midlands this week.

    “We're gonna be doing demonstrations at our fire house, people coming into take tours, we're gonna be doing demonstrations at schools, and there's a poster contest for kids," said Jenkins.

     The department will be reaching out to nearly six thousand schoolchildren throughout this week.

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