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Sears Hosts Annual Fire Prevention Festival

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As Fire Prevention Week comes to a close, emergency response teams pair up with the Sears department store to offer the public some tips.

The 6th annual Fire Prevention Festival was fun and informational all at the same time.

Verbal tips can only go so far, real life action is what gets the kids attention.

"I got to spray down fake fire flames and it went fast," said Jarian McKnight, 11-year-old. 

"It's fun interacting with the kids, they have a really good time, but the real important thing in that interaction, we actually get to teach them some things that could mean a lot to their safety and their families safety," said Chief Wayne Watts, Panama City Fire Department. 

The Sears department store hosts an event like this one each year.

"We want to make sure that our families our safe, not only when they shop with us, but in their own personal homes too," said Jessica Kent, Loss Prevention Manager, Sears. "So, we just like to sponsor this event every year to bring the safety and awareness to the community."

First responders from 9 different outlets were on-scene, each showing a different aspect of the job.

"You can spray a fire hose.. which the kids love.. you can go in a smoke house.. which is awesome.. you can do a coloring contest.. you can watch a car be cut into millions of pieces," said Kent. 

"A lot of people don't really understand what all the fire department does, it's much more than simply fighting fire," said Watts. "We do everything from confined space rescue, to underground and high angle rescue."

 

This is part of a national event that the Sears corporation hosts at many of it's stores around the country. 

Sears management says, each year they host this festival, the turnout is bigger and better.