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GBFD hosts Fire Prevention week at local schools

POSTED October 12, 2017 8:59 a.m.
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The Great Bend Fire Department is conducting Fire Prevention Week throughout the local schools and on Wednesday crews from the department were at Holy Family School to teach students about fire safety.
“This training is very important to the students, they look forward to every year and they get a better understanding fire safety,” Fire Inspector Mark Orth said. “By teaching these students about how fires are started, it will help them in the prevention of fires.”
This year the GBFD used two training instruments to teach the students. The Mobile Fire Trailer and the new fire extinguisher training tool which the department purchase with a grant.
The trailer is set up with a kitchen, living room and a bedroom.
The kitchen teaches the students about grease fire on a stove, not to put metal objects in a microwave and what type of extinguisher to use on a grease fire.
The living room teaches the students about electrical fires, burning candles and how to take care of a fire caused by an electrical issue.
The bedroom in the trailer is used to teach the children on how it feels to be in a room that is filled with smoke. Firefighters fill the room up with fog to simulate smoke and teach the children on how to climb out of a window.
“The trailer is a great tool to teach the children about safety around the house,” Orth said. “The different stations set up in the trailer give the students an idea about fire safety throughout different parts of the house.”
The fire extinguisher unit the crews used to train the students is an electronic devise. The extinguisher uses a laser beam that is pointed at a screen with a digital fire on it. There are sensors at the base of the screen to senses the beam from the extinguisher and puts the fire out on the screen.
“This is a great training tool,” Orth said. “We can now teach people on how to put out a fire without having to use a real fire extinguisher. We have used it for teaching employees of businesses in Great Bend and at the schools.”
Fire prevention week will continue this week and into the beginning of next week. For more information about Fire Prevention Week contact the GBFD at 620-793-4141

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