Youth were able to learn the basics of becoming a firefighter last night, as firefighters with the Oxdrift Volunteer Fire Department held an open house for families and youth.
Youth were able to test themselves in a small obstacle course, which included crawling through a pipe, dragging an unconscious body, and assembling the end of a fire-hose – all while dressed in full firefighter equipment.
“It’s a good way to connect with the community, and to get the fire prevention message out there,” said Chief Donna Cockle. She added that this year’s Fire Prevention Week’s message was “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.”
Cockle says that connecting with families and youth on fire prevention messaging can make a large difference in the community’s safety. Cockle then offered some fire safety tips for residents.
“The big one is smoke alarms and CO alarms. You have to have one on every floor. You have to have them outside of every sleeping area. It’s a good thing to do. You should always have two ways out. Practice escape plans, and draw them out for kids. If you teach kids early, they’ll become adults who understand the message.”
Firefighters also provided a presentation on fire safety, food, fire prevention information pamphlets, door prizes and gifts.
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Residents reminded to check CO alarms