Fire Prevention Week – safety and fun for kids

Clare Firefighters talked about fire safety and give A.M. (above) and P.M. (below) Clare Kindergarten students a ride on a Clare Fire Truck Monday. Shown below from left are firefighters with teachers and parents:  Lt. Orin Marshall, Fire Prevention Officer; Assistant Chief Sam Eberhart; Jim Doherty; Marv Farley; Lt. Ethan Gage; Probationary firefighter Clair Keysler; Jay Kleinhart; and Chief Jim Chapman.Not pictured CFD Photographer Bob Guiliani.

Clare Firefighters talked about fire safety and give A.M. (above) and P.M. (below) Clare Kindergarten students a ride on a Clare Fire Truck Monday. Shown below from left are firefighters with teachers and parents: Lt. Orin Marshall, Fire Prevention Officer; Assistant Chief Sam Eberhart; Jim Doherty; Marv Farley; Lt. Ethan Gage; Probationary firefighter Clair Keysler; Jay Kleinhart; and Chief Jim Chapman.Not pictured CFD Photographer Bob Guiliani.

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

Students from Clare Primary School, area Amish schools and the Mennonite School were treated to fire safety classes during Fire Prevention Week October 8-14. This year’s theme is “seconds count – plan two ways out!”

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Chief Jim Chapman emphasized how important it is to “Check your smoke detectors.” He said they should be replaced every ten years.

Clare activities for the week included a visit to the fire station by Clare kindergarten classes in the morning and again in the afternoon on Monday. The youngsters walked to the Public Safety Building where they learned all about fire safety and were treated to a ride back to school on a fire truck.

Tuesday firefighters visited the first and second grades at Clare Primary to give a fire safety presentation.Wednesday they visited all Amish school in the area to give a presentation and on Thursday they went to the Mennonite school to give a presentation.

Firefighter Jay Kleinhart talks to Clare Primary students about the importance of fire safety.

Firefighter Jay Kleinhart talks to Clare Primary students about the importance of fire safety.

They wound up the week on Friday with a special assembly at the Clare Middle School for the students in third and fourth grades.

A post on the National Fire Prevention website said, “Fire Prevention Week is on record as the longest running public health observance, according to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center.”

The National Fire Prevention Association has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since it began in 1922.

Students learn the importance of Stop, Drop and Roll during hands on exercises at the Clare Fire Station.

Students learn the importance of Stop, Drop and Roll during hands on exercises at the Clare Fire Station.

President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week on October 4-10, 1925, beginning a tradition of the President of the United States signing a proclamation recognizing the occasion. It is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began October 8,1871, and did most of its damage October 9.

The horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

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