Stu­dents learn fire safety

Westside Eagle-Observer - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE ECKELS meck­

DE­CATUR — Stu­dents from two De­catur schools re­cently got the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with mem­bers of the fire­fight­ing com­mu­nity and stand next to a real fire en­gine.

The De­catur Fire De­part­ment, along with a Med Flight Evac he­li­copter based in Ben­tonville, was on hand Oct. 5 in the park­ing lot at North­side El­e­men­tary, kick­ing off the 2018 Na­tional Fire Pre­ven­tion Week which started Oct. 9. The North­side Fire Safety Day be­gan at 9 a.m. when the Med Flight he­li­copter touched down on the old soc­cer field just north of the school’s safe room.

Stu­dents from De­catur Pre-K school were bused over to North­side to par­tic­i­pate in the event. They were among the first stu­dents to

tour the he­li­copter, De­catur Res­cue 2451 and Ben­ton County Tanker 2413 fire units, and the smoke sim­u­la­tion trailer.

Each class from North­side El­e­men­tary joined in the fun, learn­ing about the job each De­catur fire­fighter per­forms while on duty.

Pi­lot Chris Lott, flight para­medic Jarred Vick­ers and flight nurse Nat Van Win­kle ex­plained the func­tion of their air evac­u­a­tion he­li­copter and how the air­craft works.

The day ended with the de­par­ture and low pass over North­side of the Med Flight he­li­copter on its way back to Ben­tonville.

Chil­dren were taught that fire safety is ev­ery­body’s re­spon­si­bil­ity. They were told to form a fam­ily plan to safely evac­u­ate their homes in case of fire and prac­tice this plan pe­ri­od­i­cally. Par­ents were told to teach their chil­dren their home ad­dress and how to dial 911 in case of emer­gen­cies.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECKELS

De­catur fire­fighter Brent Hop­kins (cen­ter) shows Pre-K stu­dents some of the pro­tec­tive gear he wears dur­ing a fire. The De­catur Fire De­part­ment was part of the Oct. 5 North­side El­e­men­tary Fire Pre­ven­tion Day in the school’s park­ing area.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECKELS

Med Flight Air Evac pi­lot Chris Lott (next to he­li­copter) ex­plains the flight con­trols and how a he­li­copter flies to stu­dents dur­ing the North­side El­e­men­tary Fire Safety Day in the school park lot on Oct. 5.

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