Elementary school students got a first-hand look at firefighting equipment during National Fire Prevention Week demonstrations Thursday. Firefighters also spoke to classes about ways students can stay safe, as well as the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”
Firefighters from the Knox Volunteer Fire Department, Westerlo Volunteer Fire Company, Berne Volunteer Fire Company, and East Berne Volunteer Fire Company showed students different piece of firefighting equipment and trucks. They explained what different pieces are used for, and how they help save lives in emergencies.
In classes, firefighters talked to students about the importance of having an emergency plan for their families. These emergency plans can include knowing two ways out of the home in case of a fire, having a gathering spot outside the home, and testing doors for heat before opening them. Firefighters also stressed to students not to hide under a bed or in a closet if there is a fire, and to stand by a window and shout for help if they cannot get out.
Students were asked to talk about emergency plans with adults in their homes, and help check the expiration dates on smoke detectors throughout their homes.
Special thanks to the Knox Volunteer Fire Department, Westerlo Volunteer Fire Company, Berne Volunteer Fire Company, and East Berne Volunteer Fire Company for coming in and speaking to our students to help keep them safe!