Volunteers from Singerly Fire Company spent five mornings and three afternoons last week teaching fire prevention at elementary schools and daycare facilities.
And that was before they got to the weekend's big countywide fire prevention event held in North East.
"Get out and stay out," said Kay Trego, who has overseen and been part of Singerly's proactive effort to fire prevention for years.
Trego was talking to Pre-K through fifth graders at Gilpin Manor Elementary on Wednesday. She also explained that in the event of fire, children should not return to their home for a beloved blanket or pet. Trego also explained how to call 911. Breanna Reardon, Rob Conway, John Dominick, Katie Moore, and other company members taught various aspects of fire prevention.
Moore demonstrated the sound of a smoke alarm. She urged the children to have parents check smoke alarms and replace them if they are older than a decade. She also encouraged exit drills in the home.
Dominick introduced Sparky, the fire prevention mascot. Sparky also greeted children by shaking hands and high fiving. Dominick also recruited teacher Lauren Frederick to the fire company at least temporarily. Frederick was the model and was dressed in fire gear so children would learn not to be afraid of a firefighter in an emergency.
Conway showed off tools that firefighters use including a fire extinguisher, axe, chain saw, and pike pole. Conway also recruited students to demonstrate stop, drop, and roll techniques. After the inside the school presentation and lessons, children were invited to tour fire apparatus outside the school.