Fire Prevention And CPR Classes Offered In Auburn

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The Auburn Fire Department wants residents to attend its upcoming safety events in town. Photo Credit: Rick Sobey

AUBURN, Mass. – Fire Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. urges Auburn residents to attend upcoming Fire Department classes on preventing fires at home and performing CPR.

Wood and Pellet Stove Safety Seminar

The Fire Department, with the Department of Development and Inspectional Services, will sponsor this seminar at the Auburn Public Library on Monday, Nov. 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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

Some of the topics to be covered are proper code-related installation, chimney and stove maintenance, selecting firewood, baby-proofing your stove and other safety information.

Installation permits will be available for homeowners who are 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 CPR class Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Auburn High School. They were made possible by  equipment donations from Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas and Auburn Permanent Firefighters Local 4157.

Coleman said the Pappas Foundation purchased CPR training manikins and a defibrillator trainer several years ago. 

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

Open to the public, the class will be held in the high school’s presentation room. Cost is $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 alaflash@town.auburn.ma.us.

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