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Hose Company Hosts Open House Saturday

Susquehanna Hose Company will educate Havre de Grace about fire safety.

Have you ever wanted to see Havre de Grace from a new perspective? The Susquehanna Hose Company invites the public to climb into its apparatus and check out the city from a tower truck on Saturday.

The fire company is also conducting a burning vehicle extrication demonstration and offering free fire prevention aids during the Oct. 13 Susquehanna Hose Company open house at Division 4.

The open house coincides with Fire Prevention Week, observed Oct. 7 to 13 this year. The annual week-long initiative is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, which reports that having a working smoke alarm cuts the chance of fatality in half for a reported house fire.

Recently, members of the Susquehanna Hose Company conducted a "detector drive" in which they checked 135 homes around Havre de Grace. Firefighters replaced 31 batteries, handed out 28 smoke detectors and gave out 14 carbon monoxide detectors during the drive, according to Chief Scott Hurst.

"The Hose Company has done this for third straight year," said Hurst, "to make sure the citizens of Havre de Grace are safe as can be."

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors will be offered for free at the open house. There will also be face painting, informational tables, food, "Sparky the Dalmatian" and other activities.

The Susquehanna Hose Company's open house will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Division 4 at 911 Revolution St.

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