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Somers Firemen Host Open House on Sunday

SOMERS, N.Y. - In honor of National Fire Prevention Week, the Somers Volunteer Fire Department invites everyone to its annual Open House, Sunday, October 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lincolndale Fire House.

You can learn how to deal with a bedroom fire, how to use a fire extinguisher, respond to an emergency, evacuate a building and much, much more at the various teaching stations that will be set up.

A demonstration trailer provided by the BullEx Fire Safety Company will display emergency tools and equipment; another display table will concentrate on various types of smoke alarms. A live "burn" demonstration will show the public just how firemen do their jobs.

The climax of the day's events will be the landing of a MEDIVAC helicopter, complete with pilot and flight nurses (weather permitting).

"Last year the Somers Fire/EMS Department answered over 2000 calls," said Captain Jody Leverich. "This year we'll probably be up to about 2,200. The town is growing and also the people are getting older."

There are 120 volunteers in the fire and EMS services combined. They are always looking for more volunteers. Many volunteers are on call 24/7 but you can opt for a less intense commitment.

"Being a fireman is being a jack of all trades," said Leverich. "We learn how to deal with hazardous materials, how to do technical rope rescues, how to respond to dozens of different kinds of emergencies."

For those who cannot make it to today's Open House, Captain Leverich has a few words of advice:1. The most important thing is to evacuate the premises.2. Do not hesitate to call 911. "Get us there!"3. Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries every six months.

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