The Hopewell Valley Uniformed Firefighters Association IAFF Local 3897 and Hopewell Township Fire District No. 1., along with all of the Hopewell Valley volunteer fire departments and rescue squads, hosted their Fire Safety Open House on Saturday, October 15. This year’s theme: Don’t Wait, Check the Date, reminded everyone to turn over their smoke detectors to check the date of manufacture on the back.So many community members turned out to support this annual community event held at the Hopewell Township Municipal Complex. This year, the event featured a blood drive, state police helicopter, safety displays, fire safety demonstrations, a K9 demonstration, fire fighting equipment and free food.

MercerMe was there too and enjoyed meeting everyone who stopped by our “selfie booth.” Check out the photos (if you’re on mobile, you can scroll through):

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“We have been teaching fire safety in schools and day cares for years now,” said Ashley Coble, Fire Prevention Coordinator Hopewell Township Fire District No. 1. “And we really wanted to have a community event that brings families together in an educational atmosphere and showcase to the community what our first responders are able to do. Demonstrations and information appealed to all age groups. It was a great day! This was our second year hosting this event and we hope for this tradition to becoming a staple in Hopewell Valley — fire and life safety is an important lesson.”

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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