Indianapolis Fire Department and Survive Alive
to host Fire Safety Open House
INDIANAPOLIS – This Friday, February 22, 2019 marks the 5th anniversary of the tragic Olney Street fire which claimed the lives of the Guerra family. In the days following the fire, that killed the family of six, the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) saw a huge spike in requests for smoke alarms, fire safety education and family evacuation planning. In response to that influx of need, the IFD and Survive Alive hosted a one of a kind educational, open house with over 200 adults and children in attendance. Since that fire in 2014, the IFD has installed over 4200 smoke alarms in 3200 homes in the IFD service district.
In conjunction with the anniversary, we will once again host the IFD/Survive Alive education open house, this weekend, as a reminder of the 6 lives taken too soon. Fire can and does happen anytime, anywhere….it does not discriminate. Every family should have a working smoke alarm, know two ways out of every room and have a family evacuation plan. We encourage anyone who would like more information to attend.
Sessions will begin every 20 minutes with a video followed by an instructional tour of the newly renovated Survive Alive House. It is expected to take approximately 40 minutes to complete. Children will not be allowed to attend without an adult present. Information will be given on creating a home family evacuation plan, what to do in the event of a fire and a smoke alarm sign-up sheet will be available to schedule an IFD install.
Your Indianapolis Fire Department is here to help. We want you and your family to be safe and we make it our mission to not only serve and protect but to educate. It is through education that we hope to eliminate fire related deaths in our service district. One death is one too many. We continue to place heavy focus on ending deaths caused by accidental, preventable fires – such as smoking – amongst the 50 + age group.
Founded in 1995 by Firefighters Local 416 and staffed by IFD firefighters, Survive Alive has educated thousands of Indianapolis area children and families, with its primary mission focused on pro-active fire prevention and life safety.
Attached is the compilation of media releases reference the fire in 2014, fatality stats for the IFD Service District from 1989-2019 and IFD 2018 by the numbers. Hope to see you Saturday.
When: Saturday February 23, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Firefighters Survive Alive
Local 416 Union Hall
748 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Who: Families of all ages
Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the 40 minute program
Refreshments will be available