LUCASVILLE — Students at Valley Elementary School received a lesson in fire prevention on Friday by fire fighters from Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department (JTVFD) as a part of Fire Prevention Week.
Doug Buckle, conducted a Prevention presentation at Valley Elementary School on Friday. Buckle has 43 years of service with JTVFD. Also in recognition of Fire Prevention Week, Smokey the Bear, and Sparky the Fire Dog made a visit to Valley Elementary and greeted the students.
“We just talk with the students about the use of 911. If a child needs help in any way, all they have to do is dial 911, and they can get the fire department, ambulance, law enforcement,” Buckle said. “If they just need anything, we teach them that, that is a number that they can rely on. We also try to teach them that if there is a situation at their house, and they would get trapped in a house or something, they would know what to do.”
Cathy Martin, a kindergarten teacher at Valley Elementary, said the Prevention presentations are invaluable to the students.
“I think these types of presentations are very important,” Martin said. “I had a student several years ago who did not make it out of a burning house because she was afraid. So for me it is extremely important. I find this invaluable for the students.”
Having a pre-fire plan is another portion addressed in Buckle’s presentation.
“We also teach that they need to talk to their parents about a pre-fire plan in your home,” Buckle said. “A lot of places where the student’s parents work they do fire drills and things like that, but people don’t do fire drills in their homes, and that’s a very important part. Then, then need to have an assembly point because if the house does catch on fire a brother or sister may go out a different way than what they went out. So if they don’t have an assembly point then nobody knows who got out, and who didn’t.
Buckle said the assembly point could be a tree, a neighbor’s driveway, or any place where families can gather to make sure that everyone is okay and out of the house.
Paul Winn, JTVFD fire fighter, also participated in the Prevention presentation, dressed in a full apparatus
“Paul was dressed in what we call our full turn out gear, with an scba, or self-contained breathing apparatus. The reason that I do that for this kids is that if by chance something would happen, a firemen would have to come and rescue them, that is what he would look like,” Buckle said. “When he is dressed in a scba, he doesn’t look like a normal person as they would think. And with the breathing apparatus on he would be making noises as I refer to like Darth Vader does in the movies when he was breathing. I like to teach them that it is nothing to be afraid of, that he is dressed like that in an effort to help them. We wouldn’t want them to be scared, or afraid of what a firemen would like like, or sound like when he is coming in to try to find them. If the information that I share in these presentations can just save one child, its worth it.”
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