Heroes making heroes

Henryetta fireman Joe Smallwood taught first-grader Brett Pendley how to use a fire hose during Monday afternoon's fire prevention training. 

(Photo by ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT)

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

Heroes are in the making. 

On Monday, the Henryetta Fire Department hosted elementary students with the intent to teach them about fire prevention. 

While at the station, students learned where to place smoke detectors, the importance of memorizing their addresses and how to properly stop, drop and roll. 

They even had the opportunity to explore a fire truck and practice using a fire hose. 

Each year, the department welcomes over 1,000 area students, according to fire chief David Bullard.

“We've noticed over the years that prevention for young kids has slowed down fires with children involving lighters and matches,” Bullard said. “We know for a fact that the fire prevention works, and that is why we continue to do it.”

The field trip is usually coordinated in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways out!” The theme reinforces the importance of having an escape plan in the event of a fire, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). 

The association's key messages include drawing a map of homes to highlight the quickest escape route for each room, practicing fire drills twice a year and teaching children how to escape on their own in case parents can't help them. 

For more information and resources, visit nfpa.org. 

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