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SEPTA and PFD Team Up for 18th Annual Fire Prevention Initiative

Heather Redfern
Public Information Manager

For the past 18 years, SEPTA and the Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD) have marked Fire Prevention Week by unveiling fire safety car cards that appear in the Authority's 2,200 buses, trains and trolleys. That tradition continued on October 10, when SEPTA Assistant General Manager of System Safety Jim Fox and Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam K. Thiel installed the first card on a bus at an event at Ladder 2 in Old City.

"We are fortunate to live in a city that has one of the most elite fire response agencies in the nation," said Fox. "The members of the PFD are heroes putting their lives on the line to protect us every day. But equally as important, if not more so, is their proactive work toward fire prevention. That is why SEPTA is proud to partner with the PFD in our annual car card campaign to kick-off Fire Prevention week."

"Fire prevention is a year-round activity, 24/7/365, and one of the most important things we do," Thiel added. "The best fire is the fire that doesn't start."

The SEPTA fire prevention car cards feature new safety tips each year. The 2017 theme, "Check Wires - Prevent Fires", is designed to educate the public about the dangers of faulty wiring and frayed electrical cords. Joining SEPTA and PFD at the car card unveiling were members of the Junior Fire Patrol of the Philadelphia Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic School and Church and their sponsor Ms. Mei-Hing Lueng.

In addition to the car cards, SEPTA has programmed the destination signs on its buses to promote fire prevention week.

"Through our joint efforts, we are spreading the important life-saving message about the dangers of fires and the steps that everyone can take to help keep themselves and their families safe," said Fox. "It is our hope that our firefighters never have to respond to a fire; one fire is one too many. We can all do a part in achieving this goal."


Gentry and Paws, the stars of the fire prevention car cards, were on-hand for the unveiling.



The Junior Fire Patrol of the Philadelphia Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic School and Church and their sponsor Ms. Mei-Hing Lueng joined Commissioner Thiel (center left) and SEPTA Assistant General Manager of System Safety Jim Fox (center right) at the installation.



Commissioner Thiel and AGM Fox placed the first 2017 fire prevention car card in a bus.