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Kindergarten students visit fire department

Oct. 12, 2012 @ 06:50 AM

BARBOURSVILLE -- More than 100 kindergarten students from Village of Barboursville Elementary visited the Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday to get tips on fire safety.

Lt. Andrew Frazier said they discussed 911, matches, and stop, drop and roll. They also talked to the kids about smoke detectors before giving them a tour of the facility and letting them climb up into the fire trucks.

"With younger kids, they will remember a whole lot," Frazier said. "So we stress factors like smoke detectors and what to do if you smell smoke."

Frazier said he hopes the kids will go home and talk to their parents, which could prompt them to check their smoke detector battery or install smoke detectors in the house or apartment.

"We really need to get the importance of a little smoke detector and 9-volt battery and how many lives they save," he said. "Fire departments can only do so much to help eliminate fires. The public needs to step up and double check things and make sure their family is safe."

Frazier said he and other firefighters will be visiting Martha, Davis Creek and Nichols elementary schools in the coming weeks.

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