Friday, November 1, 2013
By ADRIENNE CRISSMAN
Dobbins Elementary students learned the importance of fire safety Oct. 9.
Firefighters from the Western Reserve Joint Fire District talked to the students about the importance of smoke detectors and having a safe meeting place in case of an emergency.
The students demonstrated their knowledge of how to stop, drop and roll, helped the firefighters express the importance of not playing with matches or lighters, got to put on the different layers of a firefighter’s uniform and saw the different parts of a real firetruck.
Bill O’Hara, fire prevention officer, expressed the importance of children learning fire safety at a young age.
“Fires can occur at any age,” said O’Hara. “If they are in a home, they need to know what to do to get out.”
O’Hara said it’s important for the children to know what firefighters look like and sound like.
“We don’t want the children to be afraid of firefighters,” said O’Hara.
Firefighter John Gulgas dressed in all of his gear to show the students what to expect in case they ever see a firefighter on duty. Gulgas reminded the children that firefighters are on their side.
“A firefighter is your friend and is always there to help you,” said Gulgas.
O’Hara said fire prevention is for everyone, not just for the children.
“Everyone needs to know what to do if there’s a fire,” said O’Harra. “Families should have a plan and practice it.”