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Join the E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety Team and Jake the Fire Safety Dog this Saturday at Lowe’s in Portage for the 12th Annual Family Fire Safety Day from 10am – 2pm.  Listen to this morning’s interview with WKZO’s Jim McKinney and E.S.C.A.P.E.’s founder Firefighter Michael McLeieer.


Join Jake the Fire Safety Dog and visit the E.S.C.A.P.E. smoke demonstration trailer as E.S.C.A.P.E. joins the Calhoun County Early Childhood Connections and Celebrates the Day of the Child, Thursday April 30th from 4pm – 6:30 pm at the Multi-Sports Complex at the Battle Creek YMCA, 182 Capital Avenue, NE.  All families in Calhoun County with children birth to five are encouraged to attend this free event.

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Jake the Fire Safety Dog and Firefighter Michael McLeieer, founder of E.S.C.A.P.E. will be featured at the Kalamazoo Home & Garden Expo inside the Kalamazoo Expo Center and Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49048 on Friday March 13, 2015 from 4-6pm.

Stop by the EPS Security booth # 137-138, have your questions answered regarding smoke alarms and escape plans and learn other vital fire safety information designed to keep you and your family safe.

Bring your smart phone or iPad and have your photo taken with Jake!


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E.S.C.A.P.E.‘s founder Firefighter Michael McLeieer joins Jeremy Lawrence in the WKZO AM 590 studios this morning. Together they talk about fire safety and share the upcoming appearance of Jake the Fire Safety Dog at the Kalamazoo Home & Garden Expo Show Friday March 13th inside the EPS Security booth #137 & 138 from 4pm – 6pm.


Firefighter Michael McLeieer and Jake The Fire Safety Dog stopped by FM 106.5 to talk fire safety with Ken and let everyone know they can meet Jake at the Home Expo Friday 4-6pm at the EPS Security booth

11th Annual Family Fire Safety Day - 10/25/2014

11th Annual Family Fire Safety Day – 10/25/2014

PORTAGE, MIOctober 25, 2014E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire & Safety, WOOD TV 8, WOTV 4, AM 590 WKZO, 106.5 WVFM and WNWN 98.5 FM invited families to learn how to be fire safe today at the 11th Annual Family Fire Safety Day from 10am – 2pm at Lowe’s in Portage.


The day included a variety of activities. For starters, there were free 9-volt and AA battery and smoke alarm give-a-ways (while they lasted).  Plus, children and families had the chance to meet WVFM’s Ken Lanphear and  WOOD TV’s Bill Steffen as well as Jake The Fire Safety Dog from E.S.C.A.P.E.


Jake guided families as they crawled under the smoke inside the E.S.C.A.P.E. fire safety demonstration trailer and went outside to the designated meeting place.


In addition, a Life EMS Ambulance was on location and paramedics distributed safety information and a Portage fire engine was also available for a tour that offered the opportunity to ask the crew about their equipment.


Jake the Fire Safety Dog invited his friend, Dr. Seely Rotigel, to join us this year. She promoted health and safety for Jake and his four legged friends.


Coffee Rescue was on location serving refreshments again this year.


There was even a Halloween costume contest for kids with prizes at 11am.


Adults even had the opportunity to enter to win free fire safety items.


“2013 ended with the worst civilian fire fatality rate not seen since 1999 throughout Michigan,” said Firefighter Michael McLeieer, President and Founder of E.S.C.A.P.E. “Most of the fatalities, especially those here in West Michigan occurred in homes without working smoke alarms.  It’s through events like the Family Fire Safety Day that we can connect the community and first responders together to educate and empower families to plan, prepare and practice fire safety all throughout the year,” said McLeieer.

E.S.C.A.P.E. would like to thank our generous sponsors and supporters of this annual event:

The E.S.C.A.P.E. Mobile Training Center Fire & Safety Trailer

The E.S.C.A.P.E. Mobile Training Center Fire & Safety Trailer

Our five bugle premier media sponsors

Our five bugle premier media sponsors

The 2014 E.S.C.A.P.E. Mobile Training Center five bugle sponsors.

The 2014 E.S.C.A.P.E. Mobile Training Center five bugle sponsors.

To view the photo album from the 11th Annual Family Fire Safety Day, visit:


For more information about E.S.C.A.P.E. and other fire safety tips, visit http://www.escapeinc.org or http://www.jakethefiredog.org.



Jake The Fire Safety Dog joined his friend Maranda from WOTV4Women and kids in Kalamazoo came ready to run the Fifth Third Junior on October 22.

Kids ages five to 13 got to participate in a half mile or one mile fun run on the track at Kalamazoo Central High School. The program is hosted by the Fifth Third River Bank Run. It introduces kids to running through the Feelin’ Good Mileage Club, which took place in more than 20 area schools. Students who completed at least five miles in the Feelin’ Good Mileage Club got to participate in Fifth Third Junior for free!