LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- Members of the Golden’s Bridge Fire Department stepped in as guest teachers at Increase Miller Elementary School to teach students about fire safety and prevention.
Throughout the school day, kindergarten, first-, second- and third-grade students paraded to gleaming fire engines parked at the school's front entrance, where the Department’s Volunteer Firefighters provided interactive demonstrations and lessons in fire safety.
All of the students were captivated by Fire Rescue Lt. Jordan Miller, a graduate of Katonah-Lewisboro schools, whose demonstration of breathing apparatus while fully garbed in more than 100 pounds of protective gear made him look more like a space traveler than a firefighter.
The students climbed into the engines, pretending what it would be like to be a firefighter. Midway through the session, students of a third-grade class got to witness the firefighters abruptly dashing off in the engine in response to a real emergency call.
“Fire safety and prevention is serious business, which is why we spend time every year with students at Increase Miller Elementary School,” said Mike Melillo, president of the Golden’s Bridge Fire Department.
“Awareness and education are an important part of prevention and safety for adults and children. We encourage the students to discuss with their parents what they learned about fire safety.”
Second-grade teacher Lisa Alvord said both students and staff members look forward to ‘Fire Safety Day.’
“When the children go outside, they are enamored with the fire trucks, equipment and gear. By the end of the presentation, they have learned about the genuine significance of fire safety and the important role of the Golden’s Bridge Fire Department in our community. We value what they do and thank them for their dedication to the students and staff,” Alvord said.
At the end of each session, members of the Golden’s Bridge Fire Department provided students with activity books, rulers and other items to remind them of the importance of fire safety. Firefighters also provided a variety of tips to students in the event of a fire.
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