Wagontown Fire Company firefighters visited Kings Highway Elementary School students last Friday to teach them about safety. The firefighters handed prizes to students who visited them during recess after the presentation.
WEST CALN >> Wagontown firefighters talked with Kings Highway Elementary School students last Friday in time for Fire Prevention Week to teach them how to stay safe.
Wagontown Volunteer Fire Company members began visiting the Kings Highway Elementary School, of the Coatesville Area School District, more than 16 years ago. Firefighters said the annual program is based off the “Learn not to Burn” program that was initiated by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Fire prevention week runs from Oct. 9 - 15.
The NFPA said its Fire Prevention week campaign this year is “don’t wait – check the date” to replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
NFPA’s survey data shows that the “public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire.” NFPA said for example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. NFPA noted to find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm and replace the alarm 10 years from that date.
The firefighters began their visit last Friday with having the students learn and practice how to “stop, drop and roll.” The program is offered to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Wagontown Fire Chief Todd Ziegler said the program pro-
vides a “good basis for fire prevention training and allows us to get out and provide this training with the hopes of preventing fire deaths or injuries.”
“The main focus is to provide this training which hopefully makes it home with the materials we send home with them,” Ziegler said. “Then in turn passing this on to their families at home which will protect them in the event of a fire.”
Topics covered include stop, drop and roll, explaining to dial 911 for emergencies, sleeping with your door shut to “keep the bad stuff out,” don’t play with matches and lighters and other safety messages.
“We enjoy meeting the kids and especially having lunch with them, this allows us to talk and enjoy a time in which families get together normally,” Ziegler said.
The firefighters spent the recess time on the playground where the students saw the fire apparatus and some of the tools. The firefighters also gave students a prize for stopping to see them. Ziegler said this year the pencils and trading cards were “a hit.”
Battalion Chief Robert Yearsley said he loves doing the fire prevention program at Kings Highway because “you can see the kids light up when we get there.”
Ziegler noted that by doing this program the children learn about fire safety and that the “firefighters are there to help when they are having a bad day.”
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Wagontown Fire Company office secretary Kelly Stauffer interacts with the students as they look over the apparatus.
Pictured are: Naomi Lawrence, Kayden Oliver, Wagontown firefighter Barry Flinn, Kevin Smith and Jessica Wolf.
Wagontown Fire Chief Todd Ziegler speaks to Kings Highway Elementary School students. The presentation is based on the “Learn not to Burn” program initiated by the National Fire Protection Association.
Wagontown Fire Company firefighters handed prizes to students who visited them during recess after the presentation.
Students look at the Maltese cross on the apparatus, a symbol of the fire service.