Local Fire Depts. Go To Schools for Fire Prevention Week

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAStephens County Schools and local fire departments work together to mark Fire Prevention Week.

A number of Stephens County elementary schools hosted visits this week from local fire departments to mark the week and teach children about fire safety.

Thursday, the Carnes Creek Volunteer Fire Department was at Big A Elementary School to visit with students there.

Susan Marcus with the Carnes Creek Fire Department said they had three different stations for the students to visit and learn.

“One of them we have the fire truck out with several tools off and one of the firefighters is going over the different tools, how we use them, what we would use them for,” said Marcus.  “The kids are getting a chance to touch and handle them a little bit.  They also get to go through the inside of the truck.  (At) one of the stations, we have a firefighter who is putting on his fire gear.  We are explaining to the kids what each piece of the gear is for and what it protects and then we have a station where they are learning to crawl low underneath the smoke and also to go down the stairs on their bottoms so that they are not going down head first and that is a safe way to go down the stairs.”

Marcus went on to say that an event like this provides a great opportunity to teach the students about fire safety.SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

“It is very important to teach them about fire safety because they never what kind of situation they will find themselves and we want them to be able to protect themselves as much as possible,” said Marcus.

Carnes Creek and New Hope Volunteer Fire Departments were also at Liberty Elementary School on Monday reviewing fire safety.

Meanwhile, volunteer fire fighters are scheduled to be at Eastanollee Elementary School today, where fifth grade students have been reading about fire safety tips on their morning broadcast each day.