This week marked National Fire Prevention Week and our students got a special lesson on fire safety from the Roanoke County Fire Department. ECP and Kindergarten students watched a firefighter dress in his gear to teach them not to be afraid of uniformed fire fighters which can be scary and unfamiliar to young children, especially in a time of emergency. After dressing, the firefighter went around and "fist bumped" the students, further removing the barrier between the "masked man" and his job to help save lives. The kids response was overwhelmingly positive. Students also had the chance to walk inside a fire truck, sit in an ambulance, and touch a real fire hose. As a special and unexpected treat, a few of the rescue workers hung around to play with the kids on the playground. We are so grateful for their time and positive energy and for teaching our youngest students the importance of being safe.
This weekend, at Roanoke's Anthem Go Outside Festival this weekend at Riverside Park, there will be an unprecedented collaboration between three fire departments who normally would only cross paths to fight a large fire—Roanoke County, City and Salem City departments—all thanks to the dedication of the McKinnon family. There will be plenty of hands-on opportunities for children and adults alike, and we encourage all families to take the time to form a fire escape plan with the guided help available at the Festival. The Anthem Go Outside Festival is from Friday beginning at 11:00 a.m. and lasting the weekend. For more information on the fire safety program there, visit: http://www.roanokegofest.com/events/kids/fired-up-for-fire-safety/.
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