Ky. to observe Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-12

By Portia Williams

October 5, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

GREENUP, Ky. — Darrell Tackett, Captain of Lloyd Volunteer Fire Department, is passionate about teaching students about fire safety.

Tackett said he is looking to his presentation at Graysbranch Elementary set for Oct. 9, at 1:15 p.m.

“I will go down to the elementary schools to teach the students about fire safety. I talk with them about what to do when your house catches on fire,” Tackett said.

He said one of the highlights of his visit is to bring one of the firetrucks to the school for the kids to experience.

“I will be taking a firetruck and a rescue truck. The kids always get really excited about that,” Tackett said.

Tackett said early education about fire safety prevents future disasters.

“I work with the first grade and kindergartners and in my opinion, the earlier you start, the better,” Tackett said.

He said teaching elementary students about fire safety prepares them to respond properly in cases of emergency.

“I have done this for 14 years, and over the years that I have done this, I have seen first hand how it decreases the occurrances of fires in the home,” Tackett said.

Tackett said students today are granted more opportunities to learn about fire safety.

“When I was a kid, we didn’t get educated like this. Therefore, we just played with matches, and lighters. With the fire departments in this day, we try to educate the kids, and I think if you get started with them at an early age you can avoid the behaviors that create fire hazards,” Tackett said.

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