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Fire Students Provide Community Training

Wed, Oct 17th, 2012

Thirty-seven Hocking College Fire and Emergency Services students spent classroom time participating in a community service project prior to Fire Prevention Week, which took place October 7-13. Fire and Life Safety classes were conducted for 200 preschool and first grade students at Nelsonville-York Elementary School, Nelsonville Headstart and the Hocking College Early Learning Center.

Educating children to take appropriate action during an emergency is a critically important fire department function. Teaching fire survival techniques such as stop, drop, and roll or crawl low under smoke can change behavior and thereby prevent loss of life due to a fire. The fire and emergency services students learn to deliver accurate, positive messages about fire and life safety, targeted to specific age groups.

"Providing fire prevention training is a valuable learning opportunity for the Fire Science students, and the cooperation of the local schools is greatly appreciated by the Fire Science teaching staff," Steve Campbell, Hocking College Fire Instructor, said.