KERMIT – The Kermit Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) recently visited with local students to teach them the importance of fire safety in honor of Fire Prevention Month.
The KVFD visited students at Marrowbone Head Start, Kermit PK-8, Crum Head Start, and Kindergarten students at Crum Elementary.
Mara Gross, a representative for the KVFD said, “We go out and talk with the kids and explain to them what to do if their house was to catch on fire and show them what a firefighter looks and sounds like with all their bunker gear on.”
Gross explained that the experience helps younger students overcome their fear of firemen. “Most people are unaware but we usually have at least two to three kids out of each class that are scared of the firemen. We hope to show them that if they are stranded in a fire to call out for help to the firemen and not be afraid of them, that they are there to help.”
Another goal is to teach students to not go back inside the house for any reason. “We also teach them to not go back in the house for anything like toys or pets. Some kids will want to go rescue their favorite items and that’s what we don’t want them to do.”
The KVFD also discusses fire prevention with students. “We also teach them so they can go home and tell their parents to be sure to check smoke alarms once a month and to make escape plans in case there was to ever be a fire. It gives us pride and enjoyment to see the faces on the kids and to hear all their questions they have for us because then we know they are listening and learning and will go back home and teach their families what they have learned.”
Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)