Auburn Fire Department Holding Fire Safety, CPR Classes

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The Auburn Fire Department encourages residents to attend its upcoming safety programs.
The Auburn Fire Department encourages residents to attend its upcoming safety programs. Photo Credit: Rick Sobey

AUBURN, Mass. – Want to prevent fires in your home or learn how to give CPR?  Then head to the upcoming Auburn Fire Department safety events in town.

Wood and Pellet Stove Safety Seminar

The Fire Department, with the Department of Development and Inspectional Services, will be sponsoring a Wood and Pellet Stove Safety Seminar at the Auburn Public Library on Monday, Nov. 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Fire and building officials say that proper installation and maintenance of wood-burning and pellet stoves are the key protection against accidental fires.

Some of the topics that will be covered in the seminar are proper code-related installation, chimney and stove maintenance, how to select firewood, how to baby-proof your stove, and other safety information.

Installation permits will be available from the Department of Development and Inspectional Services on Nov. 26 for homeowners interested in replacing a wood or pellet stove, or for new installations.

For more information about the seminar, contact the Fire Department at 508-832-7800.

Community CPR Program

The Fire Department will hold its second Community CPR program on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Auburn High School. The CPR classes are possible due to the generous equipment donations of Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas and the Auburn Permanent Firefighters Local 4157.

Fire Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. said that the Pappas Foundation several years ago purchased CPR training manikins, as well as a defibrillator trainer, that have been used to train the public to properly deliver CPR, in conjunction with a defibrillator.

Last year, the department accepted a donation from the local permanent firefighters union that allowed them to purchase all of the startup materials, including books, training DVD, CPR masks and other accessories.

The class, open to the public, will be held in the high school’s presentation room. The program costs $60 per person, which includes the book and a pocket mask used to perform CPR.

Firefighter paramedic Adam LaFlash, the Community CPR Coordinator, said the cost of the program is considerably less than one would pay from some other companies that offer CPR training.

“We are not doing this as a business, so we are able to keep our costs to run a program much lower,” he said. “Our goal is to provide important, quality training that may keep a family member or someone else in the public alive.”

Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged. To register, call the Fire Department at 508-832-7800 or e-mail

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