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M/PIFCD conducts outreach program with island students for Fire Prevention Week

October 18, 2017
By ED FRANKS (efranks@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

The Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District (MPIFCD) had a very successful fire prevention week. Crews visited primary grades at Pine Island Elementary School and hosted intermediate grades at the fire house.

"This is Fire Prevention Week," Fire Chief Ben Mickuleit said. "Fire Prevention Week originally came out of the Great Chicago Fire and for many years fire departments have used the anniversary as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. Today we're educating our Pine Island Elementary 3rd and 4th grade students at the fire house.

"Tuesday and Wednesday, members of the department visited Pine Island Elementary School for the Kindergarteners, 1st and 2nd graders. Thursday the 3rd and 4th graders visited the fire house and on Friday, the 5th graders will be here," Mickuleit said. "When were finished we'll have worked with about 300 students."

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Students learn how to operate a fire hose.

ED FRANKS

The firefighters reviewed with the students the important personal information every child should know, such as home address and phone number.

"We also have the 'smoke room'," Mickuleit said. "It's important to make children familiar with being unable to see that way if they ever find themselves in such a situation they will be able to handle it better. We make learning fun with the stop-drop-and-roll procedure. By now these students (4th grade) have been through this a few times and the students are familiar with the procedure."

Winn-Dixie donated brown paper bags for the students to decorate.

"Each student colors a paper bag however they want," Mickuleit said. "Then the bags will be returned to Winn-Dixie to be used for groceries and the customers take them home. It's a public awareness thing."

The water 'battle" is the last event of the day and the most fun. Two sets of students get to operate the fire hoses in an effort to drive a soccer ball over the opposing line.

"Everybody gets wet," Mickuleit said.

 
 

 

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