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Mohegan Lake Youngsters Learn Fire Safety

YORKTOWN, N.Y.—A crowd of toddlers shouted “oohs” and “aahs” and even a few “wows” at the fire truck in the parking lot of Learning Experience Thursday afternoon.

The truck visited the campus as part of National Fire Safety Week, and was provided by the Mohegan Lake Fire Department to educate the children on the basic steps of what to do in the event of a fire, explained Deputy Fire Chief Barry Brown.

The tools, and the fire truck itself, were what seemed most exciting to the young students.

“We learned all about the tools the firefighters use when there’s a fire,” explained a student named Samantha.

“We learned that we can look at a fire truck if we ask very nicely, and we learned to be careful when there’s a fire, and we learned to be careful when you see a fire truck around,” added her classmate Kailee.

While the flash of the fire truck was entertaining, inside the classrooms the children were taught the specifics of what to do around a fire, to prevent a fire—and what to do in the case of a fire emergency.

Two firefighters from the department displayed what a firefighter looks and sounds like when in full gear so the children know what to expect in the event they meet one in a fire, as well as things to do—such as stop, drop and roll, and to crawl—all of which was described and explained in an educational but fun coloring book supplied by the department. In addition to the coloring book, the kids were also given glow in the dark wrist bands that contain instructions like stop drop and roll, as well as their own firefighters badge and hat.

“To them, they seem like a lot of fun things, but things like the coloring book and the bracelet are all things that we use to teach them what to do in the event of a fire at an early age,” Brown said. “This way, if we start explaining to them young, it will stick with them.”

The two firefighters who accompanied Brown, TJ Dee and Dan Mulleady, said there was a benefit to educating the younger public.

“It’s better that we can start teaching it to them now, and they really love seeing the trucks and everything, so it’s teaching them and it’s fun,” Dee said.

“The younger we can start to teach it to them, the earlier they will start to learn it,” Mulleady said. “We can teach it to them now, so that in case they ever need to use it, they’ll have these little notes from an early age.”

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