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Firefighters Read to Kids for Fire Prevention Week

Several Monroe firefighters took some time out of their day to read to little ones about fire safety.
Students at Sallie Humble Elementary School line up to see the Monroe fire truck on Monday afternoon. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
Students at Sallie Humble Elementary School line up to see the Monroe fire truck on Monday afternoon. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
A Monroe firefighter reads to a class at Sallie Humble Elementary School on Monday afternoon. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
A Monroe firefighter reads to a class at Sallie Humble Elementary School on Monday afternoon. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
A Monroe firefighter demonstrates fire truck equipment for kids at Sallie Humble Elementary School on Monday. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
A Monroe firefighter demonstrates fire truck equipment for kids at Sallie Humble Elementary School on Monday. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
 (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
(Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
A student peers inside a fire truck at Sallie Humble Elementary School as part of Fire Prevention Week. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
A student peers inside a fire truck at Sallie Humble Elementary School as part of Fire Prevention Week. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
Sallie Humble Elementary students pose in front of the Monroe fire truck. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
Sallie Humble Elementary students pose in front of the Monroe fire truck. (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
 (Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
(Alanna Quillen, KTVE/KARD)
MONROE -- Several Monroe firefighters took some time out of their day to read to little ones about fire safety.

It's all part of fire prevention week, from October 2 through October 12. Firefighters rolled up to elementary schools throughout Monroe starting Monday and shared fire safety tips to kids.   

Firecrews say it's important to sit down with the students and teach them about fire escape plans and smoke alarms.

"Our goal is to make sure that everyone is safe," said said Greg Hill, a training officer And paramedic for MFD.

The fire department launched a smoke alarm program several years ago where families who don't have smoke detectors can call the MFD, and have someone install a 10-year lithium battery alarm free of charge. You can call 329-2437 or 329-2475 for assistance.

"People in our own community that don't have a working smoke alarm, and didn't know about this program. This is one way we're able to send a small pamphlet home to mom and dad and let mom and dad say 'hey, this is a free deal, this is a great deal.'" said Hill.

After the reading session and answering questions, the firefighters took the kids outside to see their firetrucks and fire equipment up close.

"A lot of the children really don't get to see us on this type of level," Hill said. "A lot of the time, it may be during an emergency setting."

Monroe firefighters will continue visiting schools across the district this week.

"We're out spending time with the community," said Hill. "Putting firefighters in this environment to spend time with the children and let them know the fire department is concerned about their well-being, to make sure everyone is clear about the fire prevention and what to do in case of a fire."

Here's the school schedule for Tuesday:

Grace Episcopal School - 9:00 am
Cypress Point Elementary - 9:00 am
Clara Hall Elementary - 9:00 am
Ouachita Parish Library 18th St. Branch - 10:30 am

Wednesday:

Berg Jones Elem. - 9:00 am
Barkdull Faulk Elem. - 9:00 am
J.S. Clark Magnet School - 9:00 am
Child's Play 2 - 10:00 am

Friday:

Lexington Elem.    9:00 am
Our Lady of Fatima    9:00 am
Majestic Child Care    9:30 am
Reed St. Head Start    10:00 am
Jackson St. Head Start    10:00 am
Reed St. Head Start    10:00 am
Thomas St. Head Start    10:00 am

Fire personnel will also go to senior citizen communities to educate residents on fire safety and escape plans in case of an emergency.

Tuesday: McKeen Plaza Retirement Community - 10:00 am
Francis Tower Retirement Community - 2:00 pm
Wednesday: Chauvin Pointe Retirement Community - 2:00 pm
Thursday: Passman Plaza Retirement Community - 2:00pm
Friday: Carolyn Rose Strauss Retirement Community, Ouachita Council on Aging -- 10:00 am

On Wednesday October 9, a city-wide fire drill will take place at 11:45 a.m. Businesses, schools, daycares and nursing homes are asked to participate.

On Thursday October 10th at 9 a.m., the 6th annual Fire Extravaganza will take place at 300 Forrest Avenue (Jackson St. Drill Grounds). It's open to the public and will feature fire personnel demonstrating a building and car fire, and teaching fire safety.

Finishing off on Saturday, October 12th is the annual Fire Safety 5K Run/Walk at Forsythe Park. Registration is from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. The walk begins at 8 a.m. There's no cost to participate. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the men’s & women’s categories

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