by Lisa Tome
It's been a busy October for members of Elkton's Singerly Fire Company.
In addition to attending to their normal duties of responding to emergencies, they are also spreading the word about fire prevention.
Holly Trego and her sister, Kay have learned to stop, drop, and roll with it.
The Tregos, have worked with fire prevention for years on behalf of Singerly, Cecil's busiest fire company. The sisters have an escape plan for any emergency that crops up while teaching fire safety.
In the 14 years that they have been teaching fire prevention in schools and hosting visitors to the station, they know to expect the unexpected.
They talked about their experiences teaching children to be safe.
Once, they prepared for 15 cub scouts to turn out at the station for a tour. They ended up hosting 15 packs of scouts and their parents which filled most of the bays at the station. "The adults are interested and eager. They can't believe these are volunteers. They are in awe," said Holly Trego.
"The price of a piece of equipment (fire apparatus) always blows their mind," said Kay Trego.
"After 9/11, people finally understood what we're doing. And now they realize that we're doing it as volunteers," said Holly Trego.
One of the many chores to be tackled during fire prevention is visits to schools, the YMCA, and daycare centers. Before October is finished, Singerly's volunteers will have taken their fire prevention program to about 30 locations. That includes three private schools, the YMCA, Holly Hall, Elk Neck, Leeds, Thomson Estates, Gilpin Manor, Cecil Manor, and Kenmore elementary schools as well as large day cares located in the Elkton area. They will host boy and girl scouts and clubs at the stations.
At all the locations they teach the basics: exit drills in the home, stop, drop and roll, and calling 911. They also show off fire gear and apparatus.
Fire Prevention work begins in summer. That's when the Trego sisters begin scheduling events for October. They don't limit their lessons to just children. They also teach special needs children and adults and senior citizens.