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Washington Fire Department to visit schools

Oct 10, 2017
Washington firefighter Brendan DeLong shows Lincoln Elementary School students some of the features included on the Washington Fire Department engine as part of National Fire Prevention Week. The fire department will be giving lessons at all the schools in the area about fire prevention.

By Xiomara Levsen, The JOURNAL


The Washington Fire Department will be visiting elementary schools this week for Fire Prevention Week to remind kids what to do in case of a fire.

“It’s a fun week for all of us,” said Washington Firefighter and Fire Prevention Week Committee chair Doug Sanders. “We enjoy seeing the kids and how excited they are to see us. This week is all about getting them trained on what to do.”

Tuesday morning the firefighters visited Lincoln Elementary School, Tuesday afternoon they were at St. James Elementary, and Wednesday morning they will be at Stewart Elementary School.

Washington Fire Department usually takes its smoke house and the ladder truck to the schools but the weather may play a factor in that this week.

“The plan is to still take the smoke house (Tuesday),” Sanders said, “but there is a chance of rain tomorrow. If it does rain we’ll figure out a Plan B.”

Usually, the fire department will have each school do a practice fire drill, but if it rains they won’t be able to do that either.

“We don’t want the kids getting sick from going outside,” Sanders said.

Sanders has been on the fire department since 2002. He has been the committee chair of Fire Prevention Week for 10 years. Every year he looks forward to seeing students in the Washington Community School District and the staff.

“The teachers do a great job preparing the kids,” Sanders added.

Another activity the fire department will be doing is Operation EDITH which stands for Exit Drills in the Home.

After seeing the firefighters, students are supposed to go home and talk with their parents about what they should do in case of a fire.

“After they practice their exit drills, they should turn on their porch light and we’ll go around town and count the porch lights in town,” Sanders said.

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