231st CEF Fire Department knows it's never too early to teach fire safety
By Airman 1st Class Jessica Donnelly, 131st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 06, 2008
Lambert IAP -- The 231st Civil Engineering Flight Fire Department coordinated with the Central County Fire Rescue to teach fire safety to the children at Scooby's Den Oct. 5 for National Fire Safety Month.
This year's theme focuses on fire safety at home, explained Senior Master Sgt. Tim Hill, 231st Civil Engineering Flight fire protection manager.
The fire department demonstration included teaching the children what to do in case a fire starts at home.
For example, Tech. Sgt. Eric Hartman, 231st Civil Engineering Flight fire protection coordinator, showed the children how to evacuate their bedrooms by using a fire safety trailer to simulate a fire in the home. Sergeant Hartman had the children crawl through the smoke, feel the door to see that it was warm, and showed them how to escape through the window.
Also, Staff Sgt. Jed Wilson, 131st Fire Department firefighter, put on his fire gear to for the children to demonstrate that fire fighters are just like everybody else and not to be scared of them and hide in an emergency.
"Fire safety is everyone's responsibility," said Sergeant Hill. "If we give kids information, they'll take it home to their parents to provide a safer environment to live in."
Sergeant Hill also worked with Master Sgt. David Maupin, 131st Fire Department fire chief, to teach a Fire Extinguisher Class open to the 231st and the 131st Oct. 4 for National Fire Safety Month.