MSG corner: FES to participate in nation-wide fire prevention week Published Sept. 27, 2012 By Airman 1st Class Marianique Santos 36th Wing Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- This week, the 36th Mission Support Group highlights the 36th Civil Engineering Squadron's Fire and Emergency Services (FES) flight and its upcoming participation in the nation-wide fire prevention week. The 36th CES FES flight's mission is to provide fire prevention, fire suppression, technical rescue, and hazardous materials response capabilities. Their goal is to prevent or minimize injury, loss of life and damage to property and the environment while supporting world-wide military commitments. In order to accomplish their mission, the flight is responsible for the education of fellow servicemembers, as well as civilians, on the importance of being careful and aware of their surroundings in order to prevent fires and other avoidable disasters. "Everyone should exercise proper fire safety practices and awareness at home and in the work place," said Bryan Hanohano, 36th CES FES fire inspector. "The most important tool in preventing fires is public education. A continued proactive approach in fire prevention from the youth and the adults can go a long way." One of the ways they promote education and awareness is through fire prevention week, which is held annually on the week of Oct. 9. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, which killed more than 250 people, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres, leaving 100,000 more people homeless. On the devastating fire's 40th anniversary, the International Fire Marshals Association decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities but with ways that would keep the public aware and informed about the importance of fire prevention. The commemoration grew increasingly official over the years, and in remembrance of the event, the 36th CES work with base schools and dedicate the fire prevention week to conducting personnel fire safety presentations, submitting fire safety and prevention news articles into the base paper, conducting fire station tours and participating in fire department parades off base. "This year's theme for Fire Prevention Week 2012 is 'Have two ways out,'" said Mr. Hanohano. "In the event of a fire emergency, it's important to have a plan to evacuate your home or workplace. This year we are emphasizing the importance of having a backup plan in case your primary evacuation route is not accessible." In conjunction with maintaining the utmost level of firefighting skills through continued drills and training and working alongside Naval Base Guam to expand their capabilities, the 36th CES FES flight continues to be an active part of the community by saving lives and spreading awareness in order to keep our servicemembers, their families and the residents of Guam safe on a daily basis.