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Fire Safety Presentations at Sandy Creek Elementary

SANDY CREEK, NY – Two local volunteer fire departments were recent visitors at Sandy Creek Elementary.

Firefighter Kristyn Fontana, kneeling, puts on her full gear as Sandy Creek firefighters, from left, Frank Dixon, Mike Harris, Morgan Norton and Natasha Harris talk to students at Sandy Creek Elementary about fire safety.
Firefighter Kristyn Fontana, kneeling, puts on her full gear as Sandy Creek firefighters, from left, Frank Dixon, Mike Harris, Morgan Norton and Natasha Harris talk to students at Sandy Creek Elementary about fire safety.

They shared information about fire prevention and what to do in the event of a fire.

The two departments, Sandy Creek and Lacona, were the special guests at morning program at the school and presented to specific age groups following the morning program.

Targeting the younger grades for more in-depth training, the firefighters donned their gear and moved around through the students to assure them that they should not be afraid of a fireman with their equipment on.

Sandy Creek Volunteer firefighter, Kristyn Fontana shows students how firefighters use a thermal imaging camera to find someone trapped in a fire when their visibility is impaired by smoke in a building.
Sandy Creek Volunteer firefighter, Kristyn Fontana shows students how firefighters use a thermal imaging camera to find someone trapped in a fire when their visibility is impaired by smoke in a building.

The firefighters shared information about the importance of going through a drill at home to inform everyone in the family of what to do if the smoke alarm sounds in their house.

They talked about establishing a meeting place, getting low to evacuate the house and what to do if they are trapped in their room without a safe way out of the house.

In addition, prevention was a major topic of discussion with the students and the importance of not playing with matches, lighters, candles or other items than can cause a fire.

The fire departments gave the students “honorary” firemen hats and special pencils during their visit.

Lacona volunteer firefighters Dylan Kimball, Travis Balcom and Phil Thomas answer questions from the students at Sandy Creek Elementary School. The firemen spoke to the students about prevention and other aspects of fire safety.
Lacona volunteer firefighters Dylan Kimball, Travis Balcom and Phil Thomas answer questions from the students at Sandy Creek Elementary School. The firemen spoke to the students about prevention and other aspects of fire safety.
Lacona firefighter Dylan Kimball waves at students as he crawls through the crowd with his full gear on.
Lacona firefighter Dylan Kimball waves at students as he crawls through the crowd with his full gear on.