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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Move over, Sparky.

The firefighting dog will appear during the base’s observance of National Fire Prevention Week, Sunday through Oct. 13, but live fire, ax swinging and dummy dragging also are in the week’s lineup.

It’s no ordinary fire-prevention week at Misawa this year.

The base’s first fire muster kicks off the week. The Sunday competition, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the commissary parking lot, pits base firefighters against those from Misawa and Towada cities in a range of events, from hose hoisting and axe swinging to dragging a 150-pound rescue dummy and a bucket brigade.

The competition is modeled after ESPN’s “Firefighter Combat Challenge,” albeit a scaled-down version, said Master Sgt. Lee Manley, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of fire prevention.

Base units also can sponsor teams of five to participate.

The $50 entrance fee includes lunch and goes toward awards.

“We’re trying to figure out a way to draw people’s attention,” Manley said of the fire muster.

“We feel this will be a great way to start off fire prevention week.”

On Monday, the show will move inside to the Misawa base exchange, where a display will be up and fire-safety fliers distributed from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sparky will make his rounds at Fire Station No. 1, where he’ll present fire-safety briefings from Tuesday to Oct. 11 to students in kindergarten through third grade.

On Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m., base firefighters will engage in a fire demonstration at the training pit on the north side of base.

Firefighters will ignite a mock aircraft and then douse the blaze.

A drawing also will be held for a Sony PlayStation Portable.

The week closes with a parade Oct. 13 that starts at 10 a.m. from Risner Circle and will wind through main base and north-area housing and end at Fire Station No. 1.

An open house at the station follows at 12:30 p.m. and will feature the Hachinohe fire department’s earthquake simulator, a bouncy castle, a smoke-house demonstration — and Sparky.

To register a team for the fire muster, call Master Sgt. Timothy Vickers or Tech. Sgt. Lloyd Stinson at DSN 226-3218.

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

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