October 10th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

Unaka Elementary students hear fire safety message

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A fire drill for Unaka Elementary students doesn’t normally include a visit from the Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

But on Wednesday it did.

When firefighters arrived at the school, Principal Jaclyn Wilson said they were greeted by students standing outside because they had just practiced a fire evacuation drill.

Wilson said there was excitement among the students when they saw the fire trucks approach the school.Photo by Brandon HicksJoey Caldwell water spray with doug stevens

“The kids really look forward to this because they get to see the fire trucks come up the hill,” Wilson said. “They really like that.”

Wilson said the school partners with the fire department annually for Fire Prevention Week.

“We just want our students to be aware of some skills taught through Fire Prevention Week that they may come to use later on,” Wilson said.

Students could tour a fire truck and a rescue truck as part of the fire department’s presentation, and firefighters even allowed students to spray one of the fire truck’s water hoses.

Victoria Crockett’s pre-k class was the first to go outside to see the trucks.

“They hear about fire prevention in class, but it’s much better when it’s hands-on and they can see this stuff,” Crockett said.

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