The South Bend Fire Department is celebrating no fire fatalities in the city limits in 2012. But even with this victory, the work to keep the City of South Bend safe continues.
In fact, the Fire Department just got a new Fire Safety House back in October. It's a replica of a small trailer, and goes through scenarios like tornado warnings.
It releases real smoke and demonstrates to kids just how effective sprinklers are. The Safety House will be used to educate the community which they say is very important.
"The reality is the Fire Department cannot do this alone,” says Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “It takes the entire community coming together. That means parents, teachers, business owners, landlords and residents in addition to the fire department all working together to make sure everybody is prepared, that we have smoke detectors out there that people know what to do in the event of a fire, so that once again we have most of the fires going the way we hope they will which is not happening in the first place."
The Safety House will travel to schools, fairs, churches, and anywhere it is requested starting sometime in March.