KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Firefighters with the South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department spent time teaching Fawn Mountain Elementary School students on fire safety in early October.
During an event at the school on Oct. 8, students in kindergarten through sixth grade listened as they learned about how to keep themselves safe from a fire and call for first responders in the case of an emergency.
Participating STVF personnel included Fire Chief Steve Rydeen, Andy Kleinschmidt, Ken Montero, Edward John, Chuck Denny, Collin Workman and Jill Evans. Village public safety officer Matthew Nunnally also volunteered at the event.
"The students received a talk on the importance of knowing your address and phone number when dialing 911," FME Principal Nick Higson wrote to the Daily News via email. "Then they learned about the dangers of stoves and heaters.
And, to let the students practice their newfound skills, the firefighters brought along their department's mobile education unit to the event.
The unit is a "mobile fire safety house" complete with fake doors and windows that are used to stage safe ways to exit a house that is on fire, according to Higson.
"They each got to react to a home smoke detector alarm by dropping to the floor and making their way to the nearest egress," he wrote.
This included safely climbing out of a window and down a ladder on the mobile education unit under the instruction of the STVF personnel.
October was recognized as Fire Prevention Month, with the week of Oct. 3 through Oct. 9 being National Fire Prevention Week.