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Sparking Excitement for Fire Prevention Week

October 19, 2018

Look out!  Thirty elementary students are crawling down the hall.  Why? It’s Fire Prevention Week!

On Thursday, October 11th, members of the Clarkson Volunteer Fire Department came to Clarkson Public School to present fire safety tips for Fire Prevention Week.  Lt. Ken Jindra, Rescue Captain and Fireman Steve Baumert, and Fireman & EMT Monica Harney met the students in their classrooms. From, stop, drop, and roll, to cell phones starting on fire, students learned about age appropriate fire safety tips.  Summer Harney enjoyed “learning about the do’s and don’ts about fire safety. I learned that phones can start on fire and it’s not safe to sleep with it under your pillow.”

Abby Langdon came into the classrooms all geared up, showing the kids how firemen look and sound when they enter a burning building.  She is an example of the Cadet option for those 16 years old or older that want to join the department and participate in drills. This was enough to influence Tucker Matthies!  “I want to help people,” he said after learning about being able to join the department in high school.

After the classroom lesson, firemen in full uniform, Justin Gurnsey and Gage Bond, led the kids out of the room and down the hall, crawling, to stress the importance of staying low for clean air during a fire.  This was 5th grader, Hadley Dlouhy’s favorite part!

Once everyone crawled to the outside door, they were met with the ambulance.  Jenae Jindra gave them a tour of the inside. Korbin Lemburg said, “I liked seeing inside the ambulance to see what they do when people get hurt.”  

Kenny Karel and Dave Hanel showed the kids the fire truck, tanker, and grass rig.  They learned about their trucks and their purpose. The fire department then handed out fireman hats and a bag of goodies!  The teachers and students returned to class with smiles on their faces and memories! A HUGE thank you to the Clarkson Volunteer Fire Department for taking the time to keep our kids and community safe!


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