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Playing it safe

Coal Grove VFD Auxiliary hosts fire safety day

COAL GROVE— The Coal Grove Volunteer Fire Department hosted its ninth annual Fire Safety Day in the field outside of the Dawson-Bryant education building on Saturday, giving live demonstrations and safety tips to community members.

The event, which is put on by the department’s auxiliary, goes along with National Fire Prevention Month, and started off with a parade before demonstrations and activities began.

Demonstrations on Saturday included putting out a Christmas tree fire and a mock car accident fire, and explaining to the crowd what to do in the event of each. Other demonstrations the department has done in the past include stovetop and dryer fires as well.

“We had quite a few people who attended this year,” Jay Sherman, Coal Grove fire chief, said. “Everyone had a good time.”

Sherman added that at the end of last week, the department conducted its annual coloring contest for the Kindergarten through fifth grade students at Deering Elementary School, in which the winning posters were displayed at Fire Safety Day.

The winning students for each grade also received a new bike and helmet, which were provided by the fire department through donations.

As part of Fire Safety Day, the fire department auxiliary provided a free lunch of hot dogs, chips and drinks, along with baked beans from Debbie Rogers of the Lawrence County Historical Society.

Other agencies that took part in the event include the Coal Grove Police Department, Upper Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lawrence County EMS, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Patriot Ambulance, Air Evac Lifeteam, PuroClean Property Damage, Collins Career Technical Center and King’s Daughters Medical Center.