Public Safety – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:52:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 https://i2.wp.com/rochesternhnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/06/cropped-color-seal-correct.png?fit=32%2C32 Public Safety – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 Rochester Police to Host Citizens Police Academy https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/14/rochester-police-to-host-citizens-police-academy/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/14/rochester-police-to-host-citizens-police-academy/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:40:58 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1228 Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that Rochester residents are once again invited to participate in the Rochester Police Department's Citizens Police Academy.

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Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that Rochester residents are once again invited to participate in the Rochester Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.

The academy is an 11 week program that begins on March 13 and runs through May 22. The program is designed acquaint civilians with the duties that law enforcement — including detectives, prosecutors and juvenile diversion officers — perform on a daily basis.

Academy participants will also get an in-depth look at the Rochester Police Department’s different units, including forensics, SWAT, accident reconstruction and its K9 officer. The program also offers an opportunity to experience hands-on training with the department’s computerized simulator and indoor shooting range.

The program also enables residents to better understand the rules, regulations and policies that police officers are sworn to follow, and provides a stronger sense of the broad range of responsibilities and challenges Rochester Police officers face in serving the community.

“This is an opportunity for residents and police officers to meet in a friendly setting and get to know one another on a more personal level,” said Capt. Todd Pinkham, who oversees the program. “I’m eager to welcome this year’s academy class, and I’m confident that it will once again be a fun and positive experience for citizens and officers alike.”

Classes will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

Residents can visit Rochesterpd.org to print the required authorization forms. Applications can be submitted via email, fax, mail or in-person at the police station. All forms should be submitted to the attention of Capt. Pinkham. Prospective participants will be required to undergo a brief background and criminal records check.

Class size is limited, and applications must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 22.

All participants must be 18 years of age or older, or 15 if accompanied by a parent.

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Ride-Along with Rochester Firefighters Offers Insight Into Their Daily Lives https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/27/1046/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/27/1046/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 18:07:07 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1046 The Rochester Fire Department has invited the city's elected officials to join firefighters for a ride-along, which would give them an up-close view of the type of calls for service they respond to every single day.

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Fire Department Invites Elected Officials to Visit and See Its Work Up Close

ROCHESTER — It was 11 a.m. on a Monday, but the men on the Rochester Fire Department’s D Shift haven’t gotten around to eating breakfast yet.

They had been dispatched almost constantly since early that morning, responding to the types of medical calls that have been a major factor in the dramatic increase in call volume firefighters have had to handle in the years since many of the shift’s veterans first joined the department.

As of noon on Dec. 18, Rochester Firefighters had answered 2,776 calls for the year, putting them just four calls shy of last year’s total and over 2,000 more than the department answered in 1997.

So far that morning they responded to calls at 7:55, 8:57, 9:19, 9:55 and 10:40. By the late afternoon, they’d responded to two more calls for help.

“The old way of thinking, that we just sit here playing checkers and wait for the bell, is long gone,” Capt. Joe Burns said as he sat in his office catching up on morning reports. “We see a bunch of different stuff here.”

Mondays mean that Engine 5 is due for a top to bottom maintenance check, which Firefighter Jerry McKay — working overtime to cover a short-staffed shift — is leading just outside Capt. Burns’ door. He starts by washing the apparatus, which has just returned from its fifth medical call on a snowy morning, before checking its interior and lifting the cabin to do a complete check of the parts that make it run.

Firefighter Micah Ruel washes Engine 5, which had already responded to five calls on a snowy morning last week. The department conducts extensive maintenance checks on each of its vehicles on a weekly basis. (Courtesy Photo Rochester Fire Department) Deputy Chief Dennis Dube leads an ice rescue training session as Firefighter Duane Marsh wears one of the department's ice rescue suits. (Courtesy Photo Rochester Fire Department) Rochester firefighters responded to a report of a smell of fire at an apartment house last week. (Courtesy Photo Rochester Fire Department) Capt. Joe Burns oversees the Rochester Fire Department's D Shift. (Courtesy Photo Rochester Fire Department) Deputy Chief Tim Wilder inspects an apartment after the Rochester Fire Department responded to a report of the smell of fire. (Courtesy Photo Rochester Fire Department) Last week, Firefighter Duane Marsh was on his third shift since joining the Rochester Fire Department. The department has invited city leaders to participate in its ride-along program in order to see what its members do on a daily basis. (Courtesy Photo Rochester Fire Department)

Those checks will be repeated for every other front-line apparatus on a daily rotation, since the department can’t afford surprises when emergencies arise.

Fire Chief Mark Klose and his staff are hoping that the city’s elected officials will capitalize on an invitation to join the department for a ride-along, which will give them an in-depth and hands-on understanding of the work Rochester’s firefighters do every day.

“We don’t sit in a cubicle, and we never know what we’re going to see every day,” said Chief Klose, who took the reins of the Rochester Fire Department this past summer after nearly three decades working in Bedford. “It’s important for people to know that just because the doors are closed doesn’t mean we aren’t busy.”

Though the job has changed dramatically, with calls for medical assistance and general aid now far outpacing the number of fires they’re summoned to extinguish, Rochester’s firefighters still say they’re working their dream job.

“Someone’s bad day is our good day because when there’s nobody else to call, they call us,” said Firefighter Pat Couch, the shift’s most senior firefighter.

“I’ve wanted to do this since I was a kid, and if I had to do it all over again, I would,” Capt. Burns said. “I wouldn’t change a thing. This job has been everything I hoped it would be and wanted it to be.”

By 1 p.m., all of the members on shift, including those assigned to the Gonic station, arrived at station one for a scheduled training on ice rescues. Deputy Chief Dennis Dube was interrupted early on in his lesson by the tones that signal a need for help. The call, a report of an odor of fire in a building that houses apartments and an abandoned barber shop, is known to firefighters simply as “smells and bells.”

Within minutes, the department’s second-floor training room and the entire shift had moved into two engines and a ladder truck, which rolled to a stop in front of the scene of the call a short distance from station one.

The crew was on scene for approximately an hour, working to determine the source of the odor while navigating narrow hallways blocked by mattresses and other obstructions. Firefighters narrowed the source of the odor to a furnace in a rear portion of the former barbershop and shut it off.

As they worked around the building, Chief Klose pointed out the variety of responsibilities firefighters have as they arrive at a scene, including determining whether there is an active fire and — if there is — what neighboring buildings are at risk and what needs to be done to keep fire from spreading.

Once that work was done, Fire Marshal and Deputy Chief Tim Wilder walked through the building with Jim Grant, Rochester’s director of building, zoning and licensing services, to determine what code enforcement issues exist within the building and begin working with the owner to correct them.

“For a department this size covering a city of this size,” Captain Burns said, “I would put us up against anybody.”

After clearing the scene, the shift members returned to the station and to their scheduled training session. Deputy Chief Dube, whose office floor is full of training-related materials, finished his walkthrough of the techniques they’d need for the exercise they’d be completing later in the week.

Then, the group moved to the apparatus bay to begin practicing with the equipment they’d need for an ice rescue. Firefighter Duane Marsh, working only his third shift since joining the department, got the ice rescue suit on just in time to hurriedly remove it and head for Engine 5 to respond to another call — a medical emergency at a home they’d been dispatched to earlier that morning.

Though no two days are identical for Rochester’s firefighters, Monday, Dec. 18 was fairly typical for the department, and they hope that city leaders will set aside time to experience a day in their lives to more fully grasp the challenges and responsibilities.

The responsibilities, the unexpected calls, their camaraderie and their shared impact on the community are ultimately part of what keeps Rochester firefighters coming back for more, even after harder days.

“I still love coming to work. I’ve got a great bunch of guys working for me who know what I expect from them and know how to do the job the right way,” said Captain Burns, a 30-year veteran. “Not everybody can come in and do this, with all of the stuff we see day in and day out.”

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Rochester Fire Department Recognizes Firefighters for Years of Service https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/20/rochester-fire-department-recognizes-firefighters-years-service/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/20/rochester-fire-department-recognizes-firefighters-years-service/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 21:49:43 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1041 The Rochester Fire Department has launched a new effort to recognize its members for their longevity with the department. 

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ROCHESTER — Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce that the Rochester Fire Department has launched a new effort to recognize its members for their longevity with the department. 

The first set of honors was delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the department’s holiday potluck dinner, with firefighters and officers earning longevity pins for their Class A uniforms, as well as certificates or plaques depending on how long they’ve worked in Rochester. 

“This is something that we’re instituting because it promotes professionalism and serves as a reward for the sacrifices our firefighters make on behalf of the people of Rochester,” Chief Klose said. “The firefighters expressed an appreciation for the recognition, and I think it’s important to create opportunities to honor them for the courage, commitment and character that they show each and every day.” 

From now on, firefighters will earn a new level of recognition at 10 year milestones. Firefighters will earn a pin with a silver star for every 10 years they’ve served, while officers will earn a pin bearing one gold star for every 10 years of service to Rochester. 

10 Year Honorees

  • Captain Eric Lenzi
  • Lt. Mike George
  • Steve Plante
  • Lt. Nick Marique
  • Beth Blake
  • Jason Laferte
  • Bruce Snyder
  • Micah Ruel
  • Darryl Jeffers

20 Year Honorees

  • Assistant Chief Mark Dupuis
  • Captain Mark Avery
  • Ken Chick
  • Missy Ayers
  • Brian Snyder
  • Jeff Comeau
  • Jim Jacques
  • Pat Couch

30 Year Honorees

  • Captain Joe Burns
  • Ron Giles

40 Year Honorees

  • Ron Lachapelle (55 years of service)

In addition to their service pins, Snyder, Couch, Jacques, Comeau, Burns and Lachappelle were recognized with plaques commemorating their years of dedication to the department.

Rochester City Clerk Kelly Walters also attended last week’s potluck, where she oversaw the swearing-in of Firefighters Joe Riley and Kevin Banks, who recently returned from military deployments overseas, as well as newly-hired Firefighters Seth Wentworth, Josh Biron, Matt Woodbury, Duane Marsh and Curt Fitton.

New Rochester firefighters, as well as those returning from deployment, were sworn in at a ceremony last week. (Courtesy Photo)

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Rochester Police and Fire Departments Respond to Two-Car Crash on Rochester Hill Road https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/18/rochester-police-fire-departments-respond-two-car-crash-rochester-hill-road/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/18/rochester-police-fire-departments-respond-two-car-crash-rochester-hill-road/#respond Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:07:31 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1025 On behalf of Chief Paul Toussaint, the Rochester Police Department releases the following: On 12/17/17 at approximately 5:56 PM Rochester Police, Rochester Fire, and Frisbie EMS responded to the area of 145 Rochester Hill Road for a two car motor vehicle collision. The investigation revealed that Jose Cuevas Checo (age 43, of Rochester, NH) was …

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On behalf of Chief Paul Toussaint, the Rochester Police Department releases the following:

On 12/17/17 at approximately 5:56 PM Rochester Police, Rochester Fire, and Frisbie EMS responded to the area of 145 Rochester Hill Road for a two car motor vehicle collision. The investigation revealed that Jose Cuevas Checo (age 43, of Rochester, NH) was operating a GMC Envoy traveling East on Rochester Hill Road. Also in the vehicle was Ana Rita Oualles (age 41, of Rochester, NH) as well as three minor children. At that time John Mcgarvey (age 33 of Farmington, NH) was operating a Nissan Pathfinder, also traveling East on Rochester Hill Road. As the Envoy slowed the two vehicles collided. As a result of the collision Mcgarvey was transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital with non life threatening injuries. All occupants of the GMC Envoy were evaluated by EMS, however none were transported to the hospital. While emergency crews were on scene Rochester Hill Road was shut down for a short period of time. The case is still under investigation at this time. Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact the Rochester Police Department at 603-330-7128.

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Photo: Rochester Fire Department Supports the End 68 Hours of Hunger Program https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/08/photo-rochester-fire-department-supports-end-68-hours-hunger-program/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/08/photo-rochester-fire-department-supports-end-68-hours-hunger-program/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:58:32 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1004 ROCHESTER — Fire Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce the Rochester Fire Department’s participation in the city’s End 68 Hours of Hunger Program. The End 68 Hours of Hunger program, is a non-profit community organization that helps provide food to school children that may otherwise go without during their weekend break from school. Rochester’s …

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ROCHESTER — Fire Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce the Rochester Fire Department’s participation in the city’s End 68 Hours of Hunger Program.

The End 68 Hours of Hunger program, is a non-profit community organization that helps provide food to school children that may otherwise go without during their weekend break from school. Rochester’s program, assisted by City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick and sponsored by the Rochester Rotary Club, provides children with meal bags that include two breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners.

End 68 Hours of Hunger is a private, not-for-profit, effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive at school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive at school on Monday morning. This weekend program, established in New Hampshire in 2011, puts nourishing food in the hands of school children to carry them through the weekend.

This is the second time that the Rochester Fire Department has helped the program by stuffing bags with assorted food, such as cereal, crackers, vegetables, peanut butter and oatmeal.

“We’re grateful that we can help out this cause that supports so many children in our community,” Chief Klose said. “We thank City Manager Fitzpatrick and the Rotary Club for leading this initiative and we look forward to volunteering in the future.”

When the program’s volunteer numbers were low, City Manager Fitzpatrick asked Chief Klose if on-duty firefighters would be willing to help. On each occasion, the on-duty shift, which has happened to be the D Shift both times, has volunteered. Most recently, Lt. Mike George and firefighters Jason Laferte and Matt Parker helped stuff 125 bags in about 30 minutes. The department’s prior participation in the program was led by Lt. George, firefighter Micah Ruel and firefighter Josh Biron.

End 68 Hours of Hunger is entirely volunteer based and contributes 100 percent of its funds to feeding at-risk children. For more information on the program and how to get involved, visit their website at http://www.end68hoursofhunger.org/.

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Members of the Rochester Fire Department pose with bags of food that will go to city children to help ensure that they have healthy meals to eat during the weekend days when they are away from school. Pictured left-to-right: Dave Bogan, Jason Laferte, Matthew Parker, Mike George, Chief Mark Klose, Former Mayor John Larochelle (Courtesy photo)
Members of the Rochester Fire Department pose with bags of food that will go to city children to help ensure that they have healthy meals to eat during the weekend days when they are away from school. Pictured left-to-right: Dave Bogan, Jason Laferte, Matthew Parker, Mike George, Chief Mark Klose, Former Mayor John Larochelle (Courtesy photo)

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Rochester Police and Fire Respond after Pickup Truck Crashes into House https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/06/rochester-police-fire-respond-pickup-truck-crashes-house/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/06/rochester-police-fire-respond-pickup-truck-crashes-house/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:07:32 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=990 On behalf of Chief Paul Toussaint, the Rochester Police Department releases the following: On 12/6/17 at approximately 12:05 AM Rochester Police, Rochester Fire, and Frisbie EMS responded to the area of 200 Lowell Street for the report of a vehicle which struck a house. On arrival officers located a GMC 2500 which had collided with …

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On behalf of Chief Paul Toussaint, the Rochester Police Department releases the following:

On 12/6/17 at approximately 12:05 AM Rochester Police, Rochester Fire, and Frisbie EMS responded to the area of 200 Lowell Street for the report of a vehicle which struck a house. On arrival officers located a GMC 2500 which had collided with the residence of 200 Lowell Street. The collision caused significant damage to the structure. The occupants of the vehicle fled prior to police arrival. A k9 track was conducted however nobody was located. The vehicle was towed from the scene as a result of the damage. Nobody inside the residence was injured as a result of the collision. The case is still under investigation at this time. Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact the Rochester Police Department at 603-330-7128.

FOR CHIEF PAUL TOUSSAINT
Sgt. Thomas Powers

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Rochester Fire Department Provides Update Following Severe Storm https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/31/rochester-fire-department-provides-update-following-severe-storm/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/31/rochester-fire-department-provides-update-following-severe-storm/#respond Tue, 31 Oct 2017 22:14:48 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=799 The Rochester Fire Department wishes to provide the following updates in the wake of the serious storm Sunday night.

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ROCHESTER — Chief Mark Klose and the Rochester Fire Department wish to provide the following updates in the wake of the serious storm that impacted the area Sunday night.

Residents Should Use Caution With Generators 

As utility crews work to restore power citywide, residents who remain without power are asked to exercise extreme caution when using generators to power their homes.

Generators should only be used outdoors and should be placed in a location far away from fresh air intake vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning inside homes.  Residents should also ensure that they have functioning smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes, and that those devices can function during power outages.

Residents are also strongly urged to avoid contact with any downed power lines, and to notify the fire department if they encounter any power lines that appear dangerous.

Firefighters Answer Dozens of Calls

As the storm brought heavy wind and rain into Rochester, the Rochester Fire Department immediately activated its Local Emergency Operations Center to coordinate response efforts.

In the hours after the storm, Rochester Firefighters responded to approximately 60 calls for assistance including four calls for trees that had fallen onto homes. Each of the homes were damaged but remained habitable, and there were no injuries to residents or firefighters as a result of the storm.

“Other emergencies don’t stop just because there’s a storm going on, but everyone really stepped up and got the job done,” Chief Klose said. “It was a very well-coordinated effort by the police, firefighters and EMS workers, and I appreciate their constant commitment to keeping the City of Rochester safe.”

Portions of Rochester Remain Without Power

The Rochester Fire Department is awaiting an update on the status of repair work to utilities, which remains ongoing. If power outages persist, the department will re-evaluate the situation and determine whether or not there is a need to open warming stations.

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Rochester Police and Fire Respond after Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/24/rochester-police-fire-respond-pedestrian-struck-vehicle/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/24/rochester-police-fire-respond-pedestrian-struck-vehicle/#respond Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:35:57 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=789 On October 24, 2017 at approximately 6:51 a.m. Rochester Police, Fire and Frisbie Memorial Hospital EMS responded to North Main Street in the area of Maple Street for a reported Motor Vehicle Accident in which a pedestrian was struck. Officers responded to the scene and found that a Jeffrey Taylor, 57 of Rochester, New Hampshire …

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On October 24, 2017 at approximately 6:51 a.m. Rochester Police, Fire and Frisbie Memorial Hospital EMS responded to North Main Street in the area of Maple Street for a reported Motor Vehicle Accident in which a pedestrian was struck.

Officers responded to the scene and found that a Jeffrey Taylor, 57 of Rochester, New Hampshire was crossing the road at a crosswalk when he was struck by a 2016 Nissan Versa being operated by Marc Murphy, 49 of Rochester, New Hampshire. The Nissan was occupied by one minor occupant who was not injured at the time of the accident. There was minor damage to the Nissan. Jeffrey was transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital with minor non-life threatening injuries.

The accident is currently under investigation and it is believed that weather and light conditions may have been a factor. If anyone has any information regarding this accident they are asked to call Officer Plumb at the Rochester Police Department at 603-330-7128.

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Rochester Fire Department Welcomes Hundreds to Fire Safety Festival https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/16/rochester-fire-department-welcomes-hundreds-fire-safety-festival/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/16/rochester-fire-department-welcomes-hundreds-fire-safety-festival/#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:39:11 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=721 ROCHESTER — The Rochester Fire Department welcomed several hundred residents Saturday at its first Fire Safety Festival, which showcased fire prevention techniques and safety tips for adults and kids alike. On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Fire Department, in partnership with Papa Gino’s, offered a variety of safety demonstrations and interactive activities, including: How to properly …

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ROCHESTER — The Rochester Fire Department welcomed several hundred residents Saturday at its first Fire Safety Festival, which showcased fire prevention techniques and safety tips for adults and kids alike.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Fire Department, in partnership with Papa Gino’s, offered a variety of safety demonstrations and interactive activities, including:

  • How to properly use a fire extinguisher
  • The impact that sprinklers have in helping to suppress a fire
  • How an arson K-9 aids investigations into suspicious fires
  • A mock vehicle extrication
  • A chance to walk through the Rochester Fire smoke trailer

The day also included a landing of a helicopter from Lifeflight of Maine.

“I’m glad that so many members of our community were able to come and meet the members of our department and see the type of work we do,” Chief Klose said. “Our firefighters went above and beyond to welcome everyone and make the day fun and exciting.”

 

 

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Rochester Fire Department and Papa Gino’s Partner for Fire Safety Festival https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/05/rochester-fire-department-papa-ginos-partner-fire-safety-festival/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/05/rochester-fire-department-papa-ginos-partner-fire-safety-festival/#respond Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:43:31 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=597 ROCHESTER — As part of National Fire Safety Month, the Rochester Fire Department will welcome local families to its free Fire Safety Festival next Saturday. The Fire Safety Festival, which is made possible through the support of Papa Gino’s, is meant to teach families fire safety and prevention tips. The festival will be held at …

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ROCHESTER — As part of National Fire Safety Month, the Rochester Fire Department will welcome local families to its free Fire Safety Festival next Saturday.

The Fire Safety Festival, which is made possible through the support of Papa Gino’s, is meant to teach families fire safety and prevention tips. The festival will be held at the Central Fire Station at 37 Wakefield St. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 14.

“This event allows us to reach out directly to members of our community and provide them with critical fire safety and prevention tips,” Chief Mark Klose said. “By coming to our open house, families will have a chance to learn what to do to protect their loved ones in case of a fire while also having fun and getting to know our dedicated firefighters.”

Papa Gino’s is celebrating its 23rd year sponsoring fire safety festivals throughout New England to encourage families to learn about fire safety procedures. In that time, Papa Gino’s has helped educate more than 2 million people about the importance of fire prevention and safety.

During October, Papa Gino’s restaurants will provide guests with fire prevention themed coloring sheets and certificates for kids, while supplies last.

For more information about the Fire Safety Festival, call Kaitlin at 603-335-7545.

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