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Fort Hood Fire Department fights the risk of fire

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October 17, 2013 | News
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“Sparky” the fire prevention dog and the Fort Hood Fire Department visited the Casey Memorial Library Friday to teach kids about fire safety for national Fire Prevention Week. Sgt. Tracy Myers, 14th PAD
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Jeff Brinson (right), Fort Hood fire fighter, teaches a family to stay below the smoke inside a mobile fire-safety house at the Casey Memorial Library Friday during National Fire Prevention Week. Sgt. Tracy Myers, 14th PAD
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Freddy the Fire Truck was on display for children in the Casey Memorial Library parking lot Friday during the Fort Hood Fire Department’s visit for national Fire Prevention Week. Sgt. Tracy Myers, 14th PAD
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Josh Gillis, Fort Hood fire fighter, shows kids and Families the inside of a fire truck Friday at the Casey Memorial Library. Sgt. Tracy Myers, 14th PAD
At the close of National Fire Prevention Week, the Fort Hood Fire Department provided life saving education to Families at the Casey Memorial Library Friday.

The library hosts children’s story time every Friday, said Pamela Shelton, library director. The Fort Hood Fire Department is invited every year to read to the kids.

“Part of our mission is to serve the Soldiers and their Families,” Shelton said. “We provide a convenient location to educate them about fire safety.”

This year the fire department supplied a fire safety house for fire extinguisher and home fire safety training, two fire trucks, a ladder and engine, bouncy house, “Sparky” the fire prevention dog and “Freddy the Fire Truck,” said Lacey Eide, Fort Hood Fire Department fire inspector.

The fire department used many different interactive learning tools to stress the importance of fire safety and prevention.

Firefighters taught life preservation techniques using a mobile safety house equipped with a smoke detector and smoke simulation machine to teach kids how to evacuate their home in case of a fire, said Josh Gillis, Fort Hood Fire Department firefighter. He demonstrated how to stay low to the ground and crawl under the smoke.

In addition to evacuation techniques, they also showed the kids several ways to prevent fires in the home.

Inside the mobile safety house is a miniature kitchen where he demonstrated safety procedures in the kitchen, Gillis said. He emphasized precautionary measures around the stove to minimize the risk of fire.

Gillis also taught the children how to react to a house fire.

“I showed them how to alert their parents if there were a fire in their room, and to not try to put it out themselves,” he said. “I also showed them how to call 911 in case there was a fire in the house.”

In an effort to protect the lives and safety of the Fort Hood community, the Casey Memorial Library and Fort Hood Fire Department came together to combat the risk of fires.

“The more that people are aware of hazards and dangers in the home the less fires there will be,” Gillis said. “The most important reason we do this is for life preservation and safety, and to prevent injuries that can be avoided.”

The library gave out fire extinguishers to Families during a raffle at story time, Eide said. The fire department handed out books and goody bags that had brochures for adults and kids, coloring books, crayons and some interactive learning devices.

While the kids enjoyed the attractions and learned life saving procedures, the firefighters benefited from the experience too.

“I love teaching the general public about fire safety and how to prevent accidents,” Gillis said. “It’s always a new experience for us as well.”

“This event will be held again next year during Fire Prevention Week,” Eide said. “Fire safety is an important part of keeping our community safe.”
 
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