The Winston-Salem Fire Department is partnering with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management, Safe Communities/Safe Kids, Winston-Salem Police Department and Forsyth County Sheriff's Office to hold an Arson Awareness and Fire Safety Fair during Arson Awareness Week, May 1 - 7.
The fair is free and will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the William Roscoe Anderson Jr. Recreation Center, 2450 Reynolds Park Road. It will offer information displays, educational materials and activities for children, including a fire truck, Sparky the Fire Dog, and demonstrations by Shazam, the Fire Department's arson dog.
Arson Awareness Week is organized by the U.S. Fire Administration to focus public attention on the value of a collaborative effort between law enforcement, fire and emergency service departments, and the community to battle arsonists. This year's theme is "Working Together to Extinguish Serial Arson." According to the National Fire Incident Reporting System, from 2004 to 2006 an estimated 210,300 intentionally set fires occurred each year in the United States. Intentionally set fires account for 13 percent of fires responded to by fire departments across the nation. These fires resulted in an average of approximately 375 deaths, 1,300 injuries, and $1.06 billion in property loss each year.