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Martha Elementary hosts safety day

Oct. 21, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

BARBOURSVILLE -- Martha Elementary was recently visited by first responders and law enforcement as part of a safety day.

The Oct. 10 event was coordinated by several parents and community members, including Stacy Collins, who is a flight nurse and a parent, and West Virginia State Trooper W.G. Hash.

Students were able to climb into the medical helicopter and get up-close looks at other emergency vehicles.

Collins was accompanied by the pilot Darcy Engeman, flight nurse Brett Wellman and flight medic and Chris Black.

Hash showed students his patrol car, backpack in which he carries everything needed on a crime scene to collect and label evidence and what items he keeps on his belt.

The Huntington Police Department's K9 Unit also talked to students about the dogs and how they are trained.

And, the bomb technicians from the state police demonstrated their remote-controlled robot, and they showed them the bomb suit and helmet.

Lt. Andrew Frazier from the Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department and two emergency medical technicians also visited with students and urged safety, particularly with October being Fire Prevention Month.

Paramedics from Cabell County EMS also were on hand to hand out safety booklets and pencils and talked to students about the importance of wearing seat belts and bicycle helmets.