City of Saginaw, Michigan

October 5, 2020 SAGINAW, MI – The Saginaw Fire Department will host their
annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 6th at 10:00 a.m. at the headquarters of
the Saginaw Fire Department located at 801 Federal Avenue. Due to COVID-19
restrictions, the ceremony will be held outdoors and limited to only those guests who
have received an invitation. For precautionary measures, all attendees are required to
wear a mask during the ceremony and practice social distancing. The awards
ceremony video will be available for public viewing on the City of Saginaw’s YouTube channel and the Saginaw Fire Department’s Facebook page following the ceremony. 

The awards ceremony will honor those who went above and beyond the call of
duty when help was desperately needed. Saginaw Fire Chief Chris Van Loo explained
the importance of the event, “Our awards ceremony allows us the opportunity to
recognize the efforts of citizens, firefighters, and other first responders who have made
the City of Saginaw a safer community. It also provides us an opportunity to honor
those firefighters who have lost their lives in their service to the City of Saginaw”.

The awards ceremony is in recognition of Fire Prevention Week 2020, which is
observed October 4 through October 10, 2020. The event is in partnership with the
National Fire Protection Association to promote fire prevention and fire safety. “Serve
Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” is the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week.
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States, and this year’s theme
reminds residents that they must follow safe practices when cooking in the home. 

Residents are also reminded of the importance of maintaining working smoke
alarms in their homes. This point is emphasized by a recent incident in the City of
Saginaw where 3 adults and 6 children safely escaped a house fire after they were
awakened in the middle of the night by smoke alarms sounding. The smoke alarms in
the home were installed by the Saginaw Fire Department in 2014. This incident is
further proof that working smoke alarms save lives! 

For more information about the awards ceremony, Fire Prevention Week, or to
request free smoke alarms installed in your home, please contact the Saginaw Fire
Department at (989) 759-1393.