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HVFCo: Fire Prevention Week at Burr School 2016

By Olivia Drake.

hvfco-at-bes-2016In honor of Fire Prevention Week, members of Haddam Volunteer Fire Company visited Burr District Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 and spoke with schoolchildren about fire safety, prevention and general firefighting.

The National Fire Protection Association’s 2016 campaign is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

Captain Dan Sullivan, Firefighter Mike Mancuso and Firefighter Ben Tiezzi taught K-4th grade students about smoke alarms and replacing batteries, how to safely remove themselves from a burning home or building, calling 911, and how to stop, drop and roll. Firefighters encouraged the children to talk to their parents about changing their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every 10 years.

“Even if your smoke detector has fresh batteries and still works, dust or other debris can build up inside the detector and in time, the mechanism may fail,” Captain Sullivan said.

Members also spoke about their gear, which can add almost 100 pounds of weight to the firefighter. Mike Hvizdo, a paraeducator for a 3rd grade student, volunteered to go on stage and try on firefighting gear.hvfco-at-bes-3-girls-2016

The talk concluded with a tour of Haddam’s Engine 1-13. Students were allowed to sit inside the apparatus and learn more about the truck’s multiple functions.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed.hvfco-at-bes-2016-pic-2