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Starting today the Carrollton Fire Department, in conjunction with Carroll County Schools and Kathryn Winn Primary School, will be expanding our fire prevention education in the classroom.
In the past, fire prevention material was provided to students in K-2 as a learn-at-home program – usually passed out during Carroll County Ready Fair. This year, on top of the Ready Fair, the fire department has pledged their support by sending firefighters into the classroom to interact with your children and teach them important fire safety skills. We also will be partnering with Christian Academy of Carrollton, and their classes will begin in a couple of weeks.
We will be visiting each kindergarten, first and second grade classes individually for 20 minutes a day once a week for the next ten weeks. Topics discussed will include teaching the children how to report a fire, how to identify home fire hazards, how to cool a burn, how to develop a home escape plan and much more.
This program could not be possible without the support of Carroll County Schools and their teachers who are giving up valuable teaching time to allow our program to run.
It also could not be possible without the support of generous donations from local businesses, including Carrollton Sheet Metal, Dailey Tax Service, English Christian Church, Farmers Bank of Milton, Gene & Sons Body Shop, Graham-Dunn Funeral Home, Grobmyer Music, Hawkins Plumbing, Kentucky Utilities, Monk & Marsh PSC, Relevant Church, Save-A-Lot Grocery, Webster Drugs, Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home, and Carroll County Fiscal Court. Their donations were pledged to our partner organization National Fire Safety Council, that organized and supplied our materials and supplies for the classroom experience. I am deeply thankful to all these individuals and organizations for their assistance because without them, this would not be possible.
To the community, our firefighters look forward to working with your children. It is our intent to be a positive role model for your sons and daughters and to build upon the sound education being laid in Carroll County Schools. If you have any questions or would like to leave any comments for the fire safety educators please feel free to contact the Carrollton Fire Department at (502) 732-7041 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Beck is a fire engineer with the Carrollton Fire Department and serves as the fire prevention officer and a department training instructor.