6 - October 8, 2010 Salem Community Patriot
Open House Kicked Off Fire Prevention Week
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Fire Prevention Week is annually held the first week of October nationwide, but many may not know why this particular time of the year is the chosen time. Nationally, fire departments, including Salem, practice fire prevention and safety year- round, but give it extra attention the first week of October. Why? Salem Fire Chief Kevin Breen had the answer.
particular week holds the record for the most large fires. The reason why is really unknown, but dating back to the 1800s, massive and unbelievably devastating fires have occurred. Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire and the lesser known Peshtigo, Wisconsin fire,” said Breen. Chief Breen really enjoyed the fantastic
Firefighters demonstrate the teamwork involved in putting out a simulated living-room fire 10 Year
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turnout his department got during its annual open house, and truly enjoys everyone having such a great time. Held on Saturday, October 2, a clear, cool, and perfectly sunny day was just the right conditions to bring in the crowd that always returns every year. The focus this year was smoke detectors—“a sound we can live with.” The department also shared with the public their second annual chili cook-off. Chili tasters had to get in on the goods while it lasted because all that chili was gone within two hours. In addition to eating chili, pizza, and chowder, there was live entertainment and multiple demonstrations put on by firefighters and EMTs of Salem Fire Department, who showed the audience the life-saving techniques and strategies they use to save lives during motor vehicle accidents with entrapment using the Jaws of Life hydraulic extrication
about four square miles and killing hundreds in Chicago, IL. This blaze, though one of the worst disasters of the 19th century, had its damage cleaned up and rebuilding beginning immediately, spurring Chicago’s development into one of the nation’s most important cities. The cause and origin of the massive blaze still remain a
Jessica Tracy, 8, and Joseph Schena, 9, climbed aboard Ladder 1 to check out the apparatus
mystery to this day. The rumor that circulated that a cow kicked over a lantern at a barn owned by Patrick and Catherine O’Leary is completely untrue, and was concocted by Chicago Republican reporter Michael Ahearn to create a more “colorful story.” The Peshtigo fire caused the most deaths by fire in United States
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Camaren Jordan, 5, enjoyed checking out the inside of the fire house and all the fun set up inside of it
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The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Third Annual Hidden Jewel Awards
Join the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce & Salem Co-operative Bank in honoring the area’s most priceless women - truely “hidden gems” at a luncheon in their honor.
Camille Flaherty . Anna Willis . Josie Simard . Anisha Kalyani Sara Brown . Sheryl Parsons . Beverly Donovan .
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 11:00am - 2:00pm
Brookstone Event Center 14 Route 111
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Tickets are $25 per person . Tables of 10 are available Reservations are required . Please call Muriel at 603.893.3177
PMAisNow Co-Ed OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, October 17, 2010 | 10:00am-1:00pm Dupré Center, 209 Lawrence Street, Methuen, MA www.pmamethuen.org
Group Fighting for American Workers Comes to Salem
by Robyn Hatch The Derry-Salem Elks Lodge was the location for a surprise meeting of the Americans for Prosperity (AFP) group. It was a time not to plug certain candidates, but a time to discuss the problems in today’s government and maybe some solutions to help.
Americans for Prosperity fights for economic freedom on the local, state, and national levels. The AFP’s “Hands Off My Health Care” bus tour has criss-crossed through 312 spots across the nation, bringing rallies and educational speakers to towns large and small. This
tools. Firefighters also put on a demonstration that went up in flames, showing the crowd how fast a small space or a vehicle that catches fire can destroy everything in sight. They also showed how they work as a team, as no one firefighter can do this alone. National Fire Prevention Week can be fun, but let us not forget what Chief Breen knows. This is the week that holds the record for some of the worst fires this nation has ever seen. A little research into both the Peshtigo, WI, fire and the Great Chicago Fire unveiled some pretty devastating facts. Here is a little history on both incidents: Ironically, the Great Chicago Fire and the Peshtigo fire both occurred on the same day, October 8, 1871, along with several other large fires around the country. The Great Chicago Fire burned for three full days, from October 8 through October 10, destroying
Salem firefighters held an extrication demo showing the uses of the Jaws of Life
history, yet, as Chief Breen said, is one of history’s most forgotten moments in history, most likely due to the Great Chicago Fire making headlines across the nation. While a cold front moved into Wisconsin from the west, bringing with it strong winds, the front fanned smaller fires that were burning, causing them to escalate to massive proportions. When all was finally said and done, over 1,875 square miles of woodlands and private land had been completely destroyed. That one area is twice the size of the state of Rhode Island. With a total of 12 communities burned to the ground, the estimate was that 1.5 million acres had burned, killing more than 1,100 people. The actual death toll was estimated to be between 1,200 and 2,500 people, but an accurate death count was not possible, as the local population records were destroyed in the fire. Surviving witnesses at the time said the massive blaze was a firestorm caused by the chaotic weather conditions that created a tornado that even threw houses and railcars into the air. The designation of Fire Prevention Week was to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire; however, looking at the facts, apparently the fire in Peshtigo, WI, was far worse. Let us not forget why we hold Fire Prevention Week in the first place—to save lives.
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organization stands up for American workers, fighting forth the right to work and fighting against the labor unions who want Congress to give them special treatment, and shows the importance of secret-ballot elections where unions are trying to organize. AFP and AFP Foundation’s network of more than one million organized and influential citizen leaders throughout the country is working to change the nation one state at a time.
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