PISCATAWAY, NJ – October is National Fire Prevention Month, and Fire Prevention Week begins Oct. 4.  To kick off fire safety awareness month, on Sept. 30 the Piscataway Daisy Girl Scout Troop # 80319 enjoyed a tour of the Holmes Marshall Volunteer Fire Company.

“Holmes Marshall volunteer firefighters visited us at one of our troop meetings last year,” said troop leader, Laura Youngster.  “The tour should be really fun, educational, and interesting! I'm excited,” she said as the tour began. 

Captain Robert Burns, a veteran volunteer firefighter, greeted the Daisies and began the tour by explaining what a firefighter is and why a firefighter’s job is so important to our community.  He also shared that the Holmes Fire Company has been protecting the south side of Piscataway, including parts of Rutgers University, for over 55 years.  

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During the fire station visit, the Daisies learned about the equipment in a fire truck and other types of fire apparatus. The girls also had an opportunity to sit in one of the fire trucks and spray water from a fire hose. 

Firefighter Weisman demonstrated how he suits up in his protective fire gear. He also passed around an OSHA-compliant helmet so the girls could feel its weight.  Lieutenant Jackson then gave each girl a plastic red fire helmet and a fire safety coloring activity book.

Captain Burns closed the tour by thanking the Daisies for stopping by to visit the fire station.  He also noted that firefighting is not just a job for men, and that there are many firefighters who are women.  “Girls can become firefighters when they grow up too,” said Captain Burns.

The Holmes Marshall Volunteer Fire Company is having an open house for community members on Friday, Oct. 9 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  The open house will include refreshments and fire equipment will be on display.  Contact the fire company at (732) 463-8088 for more information.