The Douglas County Fire Prevention Co-op hosted gatherings Tuesday through today at Roseburg’s Home Depot parking lot to mark Fire Prevention Week. Schoolchildren were among those invited to get a closer look at emergency equipment used throughout the county. Though the bells and whistles provided the attraction, the focus was on safety tips to save lives, homes and natural resources. Firefighters shared information about smoke alarms, home escape plans and preventing or extinguishing kitchen fires, which officials say accounted for 103 blazes and eight injuries in the county from 2008 to 2012. RIGHT: Riddle Elementary School second-grader Ellie George smacks palms Wednesday with Douglas County Fire District No. 2 firefighter Mike Merlino at the Home Depot parking lot. BOTTOM: Fire District 2 firefighters Justin Anspach, left, and Merlino treat more Riddle Elementary students to a hands-on encounter with a fire engine.
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