SSFD takes fire safety message to the schools
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
Oct. 10, 2007 - Sulphur Springs firefighters Wednesday morning began putting their new fire prevention tools and plans into play at Early Childhood Learning Center.
The fire department recently purchased “Rainbow Valley FD to the Rescue,” a $600, ten DVD set geared toward pre-kindergarten through third graders to replace older worn out videotapes.
Each video is approximately 10 minutes long and covers a different fire safety topic, designed in a short format to make it easier to keep younger children’s attention, with separate lessons on each disk so that firefighters can target specific lessons to students of varied ages.
The firefighters are also changing their program up a bit this year. Instead of having students visit the fire station during Fire Safety Week, they are taking the program to ECLC and the other four Sulphur Springs elementary schools.
The firemen will pair into two groups, one showing the students the video presentation and interacting with them to get them talking about the lesson. The other group will be outside the school with the fire truck, displaying and explaining the equipment the city firefighters wear during fires, as well as allowing them to tour the truck and explaining various tools carried on the fire engine.
They will also be handing out booklets, made available to the children by donations from local businesses and individuals to the National Fire Safety Council. The Ark-Tex and East Texas councils of government have also donated items such as pencils, pens, sponges, coasters and Frisbees with fire safety messages on them, as well as plastic “fire helmets” which firefighters can give away at various schools.
The primary focus for this year’s program, like the state and national focus, is instilling in students the importance of escape plans and having “two ways out.” They’ll also talk about what causes fires and offer reminders that when on fire one should "stop, drop and roll."