Lafayette Fire Department comes to Fairlane
“Okay, kids—why do you do if the fire alarm goes off in the middle of the night? What do you do first?” asks Don Stevens of the Lafayette Fire Department. About thirty hands go into the air.
It is Thursday, October 17, and the Lafayette Fire Department is conducting Fire Safety classes at Fairlane Elementary School. Usually they would bring the fire truck, but the weather made it impossible today. The lessons will have to be given in the school library.
The first three children Don calls on apparently didn’t understand the question—giving answers like “you change the battery,” “you wake up,” or “you roll until the fire goes out”—but he doesn’t give up.
By the time his volunteer, Timmy Wentworth, has suited up, the kids are still 100% with him. Eyes wide and hands cocked and ready to go up into the air the minute he asks another question, the kids answer in unison that they are NOT scared of the man in the fire suit and WILL absolutely go to him for help if they are stuck in a house fire. They also promise to remind their parents to change out the fire alarm battery twice a year and test it once a month.
Another lesson learned at Fairlane Elementary School.
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