Putting Out Fires
Northwest Arkanssas Departments Use Educational Programs To Reduce Fires, Prevent Deaths
Posted: October 10, 2013 at 1:37 a.m.
Braydon Fowler, 8, sat wide-eyed Wednesday as Aaron Thomas, a Rogers firefighter, described to Braydon’s second-grade class at Russell D. Jones Elementary School how dangerous and terrifying a house fire can be.
By The Numbers
• The Rogers Fire Department responded to 92 structure fires in 2012 and 82 in 2011.
• The State Department of Health reported 27 people were hospitalized for unintentional fire-related injuries in Benton, Washington, Carroll, Newton, Madison and Boone counties in 2011. The region had the lowest number of hospitalizations from fires.
• Structure fires and other fire-related calls increased in 2012 to a seven-year high in Rogers.
• The increase in calls coincides with an increase in injury and death. Last year, eight people suffered fire-related injuries and one died.
Sources: Rogers Fire Department
At A Glance
National Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on Oct. 8, but did most of its damage Oct. 9.
To read a report on fire-related injuries in Arkansas go to www.nwaonline.com/documents.
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