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Students learn about fire safety

Monday, October 8, 2012

Students at Van Buren Elementary School watch Van Buren Volunteer Firefighters put out a structure. [Order this photo]
To celebrate Fire Safety Awareness week, members of the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department visited Van Buren Elementary School to teach the students about fire safety.

Tim Williams, VBFD volunteer and parent of a Van Buren Elementary student, said the fire department has been coming out to Van Buren for the past three or four years to teach students the dangers of fire.

"We want the students to know what to do if a fire occurred," said Williams. "We also talk to them about how quickly fire can spread."

The group of volunteer firefighters along with their firedog the students named Lightning, showed the students how quickly things can burn.

They set fire to a small pile of newspaper and also to a small pile of clothes and stuffed animals.

Williams emphasized how quickly the fire was spreading and told the students that even a small fire can quickly spread and lead to major damages. Williams also emphasized to the students that they should never play with matches.

The students were led to a secure area while the fire department volunteers set fire to a small house the volunteers built.

The students watched as fire trucks pulled up, firefighters got out to put on their gear and the firemen put the fire out.

Van Buren Elementary school made a donation to the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department to thank them for their presentation. The fire department decided to return the money to Van Buren Elementary so they can purchase new equipment for their gym.

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