Alton Fire Department Visits Elementary Students for Fire Prevention Week

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 8:50am

ALTON - The Alton Fire Department visited ten elementary schools for Fire Prevention Week showing children their firefighting gear, the proper stop, drop and roll technique and about fire safety.

The fire department says they love coming out to schools because it gives the students a chance to see who really stands underneath all the big bulky equipment. Alton Firefighter Eric Lopez said, "One of the biggest messages is not to be afraid of us. One of the big things is that they do fear us when we walk into their house with these gear and let them just get an idea of what we look like when we are around."

Students got to take a walk around a fire truck and ask questions and firefighters say getting the students up and active helps them remember the fire safety rules.

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