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Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / Corbin Levin, 6, and Kai Levin, 8, talk to each other while holding onto a fire hose during a Train with the Department day at the Lone Oak Volunteer Fire Department Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Firefighters at the firehouse gave community members the chance to get hands-on experience in turnout gear while rolling hoses, spraying hoses and more.

A Train with the Department event was held at the Lone Oak Volunteer Fire Department Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Firefighters at the firehouse gave community members the chance to get hands-on experience in turnout gear. Participants learned how to roll out and operate fire hoses, learned the mechanics behind a fire truck and more.

The event was held in conjunction of Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention week is observed during in the week of October 9th each year in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire.

The department is hosting a Fire Prevention Open House event Saturday, October 12, beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting through 4 p.m. The event will include fire safety and medical safety sessions as well as more hands-on activities and a visit from Life Force Air Medical.

Some safety measures the Lone Oak Volunteer Fire Department suggest are to draw a map of your home with family members marking two exits from each room and a path to the exterior of the house, practice fire drills at home, teach children how to escape on their own in case no help is available, make sure the home is clearly marked for the fire department to find, close doors in order to slow the spread of smoke and fire, and don't go back inside once you make it outside a burning building.

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