Austintown Fire Department teaches fire safety to AES students

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Firefighter Cameron Long and first-grader John Ragan demonstrated how to stop, drop and roll at Austintown Elementary School's fire safety program.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Firefighter Cameron Long and Bill Williams explained and demonstrated the fire gear firefighters use to stay safe. First-grader Aubrey Macovitz-Verindek also put on fire gear with help from firefighter Sarah Anton during the presentation.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Ms. Cramer's first-grade class were excited to meet the fire department and learn about fire safety.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Austintown Elementary School kindergartners listened to a fire safety lesson on dialing 911, smoke detectors, having ways out of a house and fire gear that the fire department uses. The members of the fire department on stage are, from left, firefighter Cameron Long, assistant fire chief Bill Williams and firefighter Sarah Anton.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Firefighter Chase Kovacs showed the different equipment on the fire truck to second-grade students at Austintown Elementary School on Oct. 19 during a fire safety assembly created by the AES PTA.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

The Austintown PTA invited the fire department to Austintown Elementary School on Oct. 17-19 to teach the students about fire safety, explain what the department does and how the fire truck works.

The fire department came on three consecutive days. They taught the kindergartners on Oct. 17, the first-grade students on Oct. 18 and the second-graders on Oct. 19.

The PTA organized this event to coincide with fire safety month. Bethany Martinez, AES PTA president, said that the PTA wanted to prepare and educate the students if a fire were to happen in their home. She appreciated the fire department’s willingness to come out all three days to accommodate the size of the AES.

The students had two learning environments for the fire safety lessons. Their first lesson occurred in the cafeteria where fire fighters Sarah Anton and Cameron Long along with assistant chief Bob Williams taught the children about dialing 911, smoke detectors, what to do in a fire, and “stop, drop and roll.“ Long and Williams explained and demonstrated the fire gear firefighters use to stay safe.

The fire department had two fire trucks set up outside for the second lesson. They explained the functions of the different parts of the truck, including the hose and gauges. They gave the students detailed information on each piece of equipment and why it is necessary.

The AES PTA has invited the fire department every year since moving into the new school five years ago. Each year, they bring in between six and eight firefighters to teach the students.

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