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Kids take part in Fire Prevention Week

October 18, 2013
Kelli Kleppe - Reporter , Dysart Reporter

Once a year, the Dysart Fire Department makes a special trip to the elementary school to act out a lifelike fire drill. It begins as a normal fire drill, where all of the children exit the school and wait safely outside. Soon after, the fire trucks are on their way, sirens blaring and all, they arrive at the school. Once they get there, the firefighters perform an inspection of the school and the children are able to see what it would really be like if there was an emergency. All of the children were very excited to see the trucks come to the school and see all of the firemen there in their uniforms.

Once the fire drill was complete, all of the children resume classes, except for the kinder-gardeners. Every year after the routine drill they get to climb up onto the trucks and take a ride around town. The kids were very excited, and it was easy to see how ecstatic they were to have this experience. One little girl stated "It was the best day ever!" After their ride around town the children are dropped back off at school. It is now the 3rd grade class' turn for a ride. It is also tradition that on this day the 3rd grade class will ride the trucks to the fire station. Here they are able to learn how the entire operation goes at the station, and become more familiar with fire and its dangers. This gives them the chance to ask the firemen any questions they may have, and they are able to tour the whole station and a fire truck during their visit.

This is such a wonderful thing that the fire department does for the children. Not every town has the time and ability to be able to do this. It is so important for the kids to be able to learn these crucial things about fire prevention and safety for if there truly is a fire. So a big thank you goes out to the Dysart Firefighters and all of their hard work and dedication to the safety and education of our community and its residents!

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