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Firefighters visit St. Lawrence as part of Fire Prevention Week

On Tuesday, the Ironton Fire Department visited St. Lawrence Elementary School to give a talk during Fire Prevention Week.

The 74 pre-K, kindergarten, first and second graders saw a short video, learned how to escape a fire, see the fire truck and saw a firefighter in full gear.

“A lot of the kids we talk to the most, the pre-K and kindergarten, we try to instill in them that to see us coming in the gear and an axe can be really scary, but not to be afraid of us” said.

IFD Captain Joe Stevens “We are there to help them and their family.”

The presentation covered basic things they should know, like crawling out of the house under the smoke; stop, drop and roll, and knowing two ways out of their home.

Sally Cannon, the secretary at St. Lawrence, said they always have the fire department in to make their students aware of fire safety.

“We hope they take away from this what to do in case of fire at their homes, that they discuss with their parents a route to get out of their house if there is a fire,” she said. “It’s good for them to be prepared. And kids are little sponges, they soak up all that information.” She added the students all really enjoy having the fire fighters come to the school.

“They get all their questions answered and they really look forward to it,” she said, adding that the fire truck was the thing the kids liked best.

“They let them sit in the truck, they really enjoy that,” she said.

Stevens said that the fire department does a lot of safety programs with Boy Scouts, schools and churches but “this week we do more, we have something scheduled all week.”