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Sumter Fire Department teaches kids to stop, drop, roll

Sumter firefighters kick off Fire Prevention Month awareness campaign

BY SHELBIE GOULDING
shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 10/9/19

The Sumter Fire Department kicked off its annual Fire Prevention Week with Sumter's youth on Monday morning.

Fire Prevention Week is a nationally recognized week during the second week of October. However, the Sumter Fire Department recognizes it …

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Sumter Fire Department teaches kids to stop, drop, roll

Sumter firefighters kick off Fire Prevention Month awareness campaign

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The Sumter Fire Department kicked off its annual Fire Prevention Week with Sumter's youth on Monday morning.

Fire Prevention Week is a nationally recognized week during the second week of October. However, the Sumter Fire Department recognizes it as a month-long event, kicking it off on Monday with children in kindergarten through fourth grade from Luv-N-Care Day Care.

"We use the whole month for the Sumter Fire Department to educate the kids on fire safety," said Terrance Dupree, engineer for the Sumter Fire Department.

This week, the department will hold fire prevention events in its station headquarters at the Public Safety Complex on North Lafayette Drive for groups of all ages, kids and adults, but the rest of the month they will travel to other events in the city and county to talk about fire safety.

Monday's session started with a brief tour of the fire station's museum. The kids then watched a video message from Sparky the Fire Dog, who taught them what's hot and what's not. Dupree then quizzed the kids on what they learned in the video by showing them items like a lighter, a hairbrush and more.

The children then migrated to the action of the fire station, where fire trucks were lined up and a blowup house was set up for the children to walk through.

Dupree led the kids through the house and talked about fire safety in kitchens and living rooms and what to do when smoke is in the house.

The kids were full of excitement as they attempted to escape the pretend fire. Dupree showed them how to crawl safely out of a smoke-filled house, and the kids successfully avoided the pretend smoke as they exited the house.

Lt. Eddie Newman talked about firefighters' gear and equipment. Newman had Firefighter Drake Baxley demonstrate how the gear is properly put on. Baxley also demonstrated how to stop, drop and roll to extinguish a fire from clothing.

The children followed Baxley's footsteps by covering their eyes and rolling on the ground to extinguish the pretend fire.

At the end of the session, the kids got to play in the department's fire trucks with some of Sumter's firefighters.

For fire prevention and safety tips, visit www.safety.com/national-fire-prevention-week/.