Bucks Help Tip-Off Fire Prevention Week


With training camp underway and the 2010-11 season starting to heat up, the Milwaukee Bucks are lending a helping hand in hopes that their team is the only thing to catch fire in the coming months. This Saturday, October 2, as a prelude to National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 3-9), Bucks players Andrew Bogut, Jon Brockman, Tiny Gallon, Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders, along with team mascot Bango, will join the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) in conjunction with Project F.O.C.U.S. (Firefighters Out Creating Urban Safety) to inspect, install, and change batteries of smoke detectors for Milwaukee residents.

Two fire engines will pick up the Bucks from the Bradley Center at 2 p.m. and escort the players to the Engine 30 firehouse, located at 2903 N. Teutonia Ave. in Milwaukee. The Bucks and the MFD will hold a brief media conference upon their arrival, in which fire department personnel and Bogut, acting as the Honorary Fire Chief for the fifth consecutive year, will stress the importance of fire safety. From the fire house, the players and Bango will head to a local neighborhood (22ndSt. and Locust) and assist the MFD in installing tamper-proof smoke detectors in homes.

As part of Fire Prevention Week, the MFD will sponsor the 12th Annual Poster-to-Billboard Contest for all Milwaukee public and private schools.The four first-place winners will be announced at the Bucks preseason opener, an October 5 contest against Chicago at the Bradley Center. The Bucks will provide each of these students with a Netbook, including one year of internet service provided by Time Warner Cable. All 10 winners and their classes, totaling 750 students, will be in attendance on October 5. Tickets to the game can be purchased by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX, or by visiting www.bucks.com or the Bradley Center box office.

Project F.O.C.U.S., now in its 19th year, is an MFD program that sends firefighters door-to-door in Milwaukee neighborhoods to ensure that area homes are equipped with functioning smoke detectors.