BCVFD visits schools
by Shaunna Watson
Oct 21, 2012 | 2907 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lucas explains the uses of the tools on the fire engine.
Lucas explains the uses of the tools on the fire engine.
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Bolivar County Volunteer Fireman Charlie Lucas recently visited Brooks Elementary School in Duncan to educate students on fire safety and prevention.

Students viewed videos featuring Sparky the Fire Dog and were given tips on how to construct a family escape plan in the event of a fire emergency.

"This year's national slogan is 'Be Rabbit Ready: Have Two Ways Out'," said Lucas, who discussed how the best fire prevention plans have more than one escape route.

After Lucas modeled and explained the uses of some of the tools on the fire engine, students were allowed an up-close look at the engine.

Then they were given fire hats, an educational packet that includes escape-planning prevention tips for parents, and a Junior Firefighter certificate.

Lucas also donned his complete set of fireman turnouts, including his air pack.

"I wanted the kids to see what we look like when we fight fires and rescue people from buildings," he said. "The number one cause of fire death nationally in children is due to them being scared. They are already scared of the fire, and then the firefighter, dressed in protective gear that is unfamiliar to the children, comes to save them.

Children have been known to panic and hide under the bed or in a closet instead of following their family escape plan. We show them what firefighters look like during a fire so in the event they are ever involved in a real fire, they will be less afraid of us and more receptive of the rescue efforts we make to get them to safety," he continued.