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Moriah scouts learn about fire safety

Girls tour Moriah FD

Moriah Girl Scout Troop 3163 hangs out on one of the fire trucks at the Moriah Fire Department during a tour of the facility. Pictured are Samantha Arthur, MiKenna Valentine, Emma Hayes, Maggie Maye, Morgan Baker, and Emily Tromblee. 

Moriah Girl Scout Troop 3163 hangs out on one of the fire trucks at the Moriah Fire Department during a tour of the facility. Pictured are Samantha Arthur, MiKenna Valentine, Emma Hayes, Maggie Maye, Morgan Baker, and Emily Tromblee.  Photo by Katherine Clark.

— The Moriah Volunteer Fire Department’s recently meeting was put on hold for a special tour for the young ladies of the Moriah Girl Scouts. Troop 3163 visited the fire department to learn about fire safety at home. The Scouts also learned about the job of a firefighter and how they keep people safe. 

Chief Brian Glebus showed the scouts the fire house equipment, thermal imaging cameras that allow the fire fighters to see inside smokey rooms, the turn out gear for emergency response and did demonstrations on how the equipment is used. Glebus also showed the scouts the trucks in the department’s fleet. 

Troop leader Kellie Valentine said the visit to the firehouse on Jan. 8, was one of many steps the scouts must complete to earn the Bronze Award, the highest award the troop is eligible for at their age level. 

Valentine said her scouts are working toward earning the award by exploring their community. The scouts will continue to earn the award by learning about bike safety with lessons by Sheriff Bob Rice, and will learn about junior first aid by visiting the Moriah Ambulance Squad. 

“They’ve visited businesses and last year we worked on becoming more active by going on hikes, walking more and being healthier by tracking what they were eating and comparing that to healthier food choices,” Valentine said. “Today we wanted to visit the fire department to teach them about keeping yourself safe as a way to help others.”

At the end of their tour, Glebus and other fire fighters presented the scouts with pink firefighter helmets. 

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