Olmstedville October was Fire Safety Month, and Firefighter Kevin Fusco had plenty to say in a visit to Minerva Elementary Oct. 24.
Fusco, a member of the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad (MVFD&RS), was the first into the gymnasium to talk with the pre-k through third grades at the assembly, engaging the kids in good conversations about basic fire safety. Important, said Fusco, are knowing how to leave your house when the fire alarm goes off, knowing where to go that is safe, and understanding that everyone in the house needs to know where everyone else is — basically what to do in a fire emergency.
Next to talk was another member of the fire department, Greg Wright, wearing full turn-out gear along with a mask and air-pack. Once he took off the mask (disengaging the Darth Vader effect), Greg spoke about the importance of teamwork and communication when firefighters move around inside a smoke-filled house. For instance, if a firefighter were to stop moving for a few seconds, said Wright, an alarm would sound that would alert others that something may be wrong. The kids responded to this, and really seemed to understand just how important communication is on a fire scene.
It was a fine opportunity for the elementary students to learn about fire safety. Before leaving, Fusco, Greg Wright, Karen Wright and Mike Corey of the MVFD&RS left fire hats, pencils, stickers, and other materials to help remind the kids of why fire safety awareness is so important. Thanks to Minerva Central School for allowing the fire department to visit the school.