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Superheroes to round up evil fire-starting villains

From left, Albany Fire Department firefighters Marc Phelps, Darwin Cole Jr., Capt. Billy Davis, Chris Spargo and Stan Ruffin, will be replaced in the cage when evil 
enemies Flame, Scorch and Matchboy are captured by the Fire Prevention Justice League’s superheroes at the 17th annual Kids Fire Safety Day Wednesday at the Albany Civic Center.

From left, Albany Fire Department firefighters Marc Phelps, Darwin Cole Jr., Capt. Billy Davis, Chris Spargo and Stan Ruffin, will be replaced in the cage when evil enemies Flame, Scorch and Matchboy are captured by the Fire Prevention Justice League’s superheroes at the 17th annual Kids Fire Safety Day Wednesday at the Albany Civic Center.

ALBANY, Ga. — Superheroes plan to round up villains such as Flame, Scorch, Smoke and Matchboy to throw them in a cage Wednesday at the Civic Center.

WHAT: 17th annual Kids Fire Safety Day

WHEN: 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Albany Civic Center, 100 W. Oglethorpe Blvd.

COST: Free

CONTACT: (229) 431-3262

The superheroes — Super Chief, Fire Extinguisher Girl, Smoke Detector and Waterboy — will do battle with the villains at the 17th annual Kids Fire Safety Day from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. held at 100 W. Oglethorpe Blvd.

“This year the theme is ‘Protect Your Family From Fire,’ ” said Sebon Burns, Albany Fire Department chief of fire prevention. “We’ve had second graders coloring in the good guys from the Fire Prevention Justice League and the fire-starting bad guys. We’ll judge the posters Wednesday. Matchboy was pretty popular.”

Count on Matchboy to get squashed by Waterboy or Fire Extinguisher Girl while firefighters explain the best ways to avoid starting fires and what to do when a fire starts.

The event will motivate children and their families to pay attention to the common sense ideas about fire safety in their homes and lives with skits and prizes.

Home fire safety should include having smoke detectors in every room of the residence except the bathroom. A smoke detector should be installed just outside the bathroom door to avoid being set off by the bathroom’s temperature or steam.

Fire drills at home and learning the exits from the residence if they are needed for escape from a fire are also important for the children to practice. Good fire prevention practices will be emphasized by the Fire Prevention Justice League of superheroes.

Cheering the children and families on, cheerleaders and mascots from surrounding colleges, high schools and the professional football Panthers will attend.

Celebrating his 60th birthday, Sparky the Fire Dog will probably show his spots to encourage children to not play with matches and learn the rules of fire prevention.

Last year, close to 5,000 people, mostly children, attended the fire safety day billed as the largest fire safety show in Georgia. Although the Albany Fire Department has been putting on this event for 16 years previously, it has a longer history, according to Deputy Chief Ron Rowe.

“It all goes back to Chief Dennis Brosnan, who was chief from 1911 to 1951,” Rowe said. “There was a competition between cities like Atlanta, Macon and Albany to be named a fire-safe city.”

Under Brosnan Albany won so many years in a row that he withdrew the city from competition to allow other cities a chance at the title.

Fire Station No. 1 at 320 N. Jackson St. has many plaques on its walls dating back to 1933 proclaiming the Albany Fire Department “Best Accomplished for Fire Prevention” to show for it.

Rowe said the tradition of fire safety continues.