TALK­ING TO THE KIDS

Stu­dents at Tomp­kins Ele­men­tary learn about fire pre­ven­tion

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

Re­serve and Do­min­ion fire­fight­ers visit Tomp­kins ele­men­tary.

Fire de­part­ments of­ten help each other at fire scenes how­ever in Re­serve Mines two de­part­ments re­cently joined forces to bring fire pre­ven­tion in­for­ma­tion to Tomp­kins Me­mo­rial Ele­men­tary School.

Mac­don­ald school in Do­min­ion closed last year and the chil­dren now at­tend Tomp­kins in Re­serve Mines.

“It was a big deal for the Do­min­ion depart­ment, they lost their school and then their kids came into our area,” said Rod MacNeil, fire pre­ven­tion of­fi­cer with the Re­serve Mines Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment.

“Invit­ing the Do­min­ion fire depart­ment was a pri­or­ity to us.”

MacNeil said the ses­sion helps to pre­pare chil­dren in the event a fire depart­ment was needed at their home.

Stu­dents were brought into the gym­na­sium and shown how a fire­fighter looks en­ter­ing a burn­ing struc­ture.

“Some kids were ac­tu­ally a lit­tle fright­ened by it but when the guys went over and talked to them with the ap­pa­ra­tus on they started to be­come a lit­tle more at ease,” he said.

Awards were pre­sented dur­ing the visit.

MacNeil said stu­dents had drawn pic­tures and writ­ten fire pre­ven­tion sto­ries that were funny and heart-warm­ing.

“One child said we are way bet­ter than the Toronto Rap­tors.”

He said an­other child wrote that the fire­fight­ers were bet­ter than the police of­fi­cers.

“Then he wrote, ‘But please don’t tell them. Hee hee.’”

He said they had ear­lier cho­sen the best sub­mis­sion from each class and dur­ing the visit those stu­dents were made fire cap­tain for the day.

MacNeil said par­tic­i­pat­ing in events like this with stu­dents is a lot of fun.

“If any­one gets the op­por­tu­nity to go and do some­thing like this they re­ally should.”

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Nathan Clark, cen­tre, a Grade Pri­mary stu­dent at Tomp­kins Me­mo­rial Ele­men­tary School in Re­serve Mines, chats with mem­bers of the Re­serve Mines Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, from left, Kevin MacNeil, Garett Tracey, Sean McPhee and Rod MacNeil. The fire­fight­ers showed the stu­dents how they dress when they fight fires.

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