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Area children visit fire department for Fire Prevention Week

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

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Brazil City firefighter Stoney Fisher talks to 4-year-old Austin Rowe about his firefighting equipment.
Fire prevention Week started with a field trip for the Brazil and Clay City Head Start programs.

Monday morning, the 3-5 year-olds and their parents visited the Brazil City Fire Department for a tour.

The tour began in the living quarters, where they watched a video on fire safety. The video taught lessons on smoke detectors, match and lighter safety and stop, drop and roll.

After the video was over, Shane Zurcher led the group down to the garage, where the four trucks are housed.

Stoney Fisher gave a demonstration of what a fireman in full gear looks like. After putting all 70 pounds of equipment on, he made sure to talk to each child.

This was to make sure that kids would not be scared of a firefighter if there were an emergency at their home.

The highlight of the tour was the kids climbing into the driver's seat of the lead fire truck.

Zurcher lifted the kids into the seat, and they pretended to drive the truck and honk the horn.

The children received a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog and helped Zurcher put out a pretend house fire with a hose from one of the trucks.

Kathy Price, a home visitor for Head Start, said the children were very excited for the tour, and "it's one of the field trips they enjoy the most."

The tour is part of Head Start's Fire Prevention Week education program.

Throughout the week, Head Start will be practicing stop, drop, and roll with the children, as well as teaching them how to recognize the sound of a smoke alarm.

Head Start will also go through homes to check batteries in smoke detectors and plan escape routes.

The children will also read a book about using 911, home visitor Tina Godsey said.

Head Start is one of the first groups visiting the fire department this week. Tours will be given to kids up to 4th grade.

Zurcher said the Head Start group was the youngest age group to tour the firehouse.



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