One of the advantages of attending Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch meetings is hearing from local experts in their fields. Captain Alan Klapat and Chief Jay Delaney, of the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department, visited the Valley View Terrace Crime Watch group on High Street on an early April afternoon to talk fire safety. About a dozen high rise residents made their way to the meeting room to hear the presentation emphasizing egress procedures. A NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) film was shown demonstrating just how quickly fire can engulf a typical living room: in a matter of minutes.

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