WATERTOWN — October is fire prevention month and the Watertown Fire Department is visiting local schools and daycare centers to spread the mission of fire safety. “This is my favorite time of the year,” said Fire Marshal Kim Calabrese, who has been teaching fire safety to students for more than 30 years.
Members of the department visited Rise and Shine Nursery School on Deforest Street and Ledgewood Private Preschool on Thomaston Road on the morning of Tuesday, October 1.
Throughout the month the department will be visiting schools to educate students on the importance of fire safety.
Ms. Calabrese introduced the class to some of the volunteer firefighters who keep the town safe.
Students learned the importance of fire safety and what to do when they are in an emergency situation. They learned to call 911, why it’s important to leave a burning building, and how to stop, drop and roll.
Some of the volunteer firemen donned their full gear and equipment to show students what a fireman looks like when they are fighting fires. This familiarizes children with the sometimes frightening appearance of a firefighter in an emergency, and shows them who to look for.
Ms. Calabrese added that when children see a firefighter fully dressed in their equipment, they should not hide from firefighters or be afraid, but call to them for help.
After the presentation, the students were taken outside and were able examine a fire engine. They were able to go inside the truck and look at some of the equipment firefighters use.
Students had the opportunity to operate one of the fire engine’s hoses and spray water.
The students enjoyed the interactive presentation and the interaction with the firefighters and equipment.
The Fire Department hopes that after the presentations, students bring their knowledge back home and have a discussion with parents about fire safety and how their homes can be safer.
“If the smoke detector is working, we can say we saved a life,” said Ms. Calabrese.
The Fire Department will be visiting other daycare facilities and schools throughout the month, including John Trumbull Primary School, St. Mary Magdalen School and St. John the Evangelist School.
The department will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, October 13 at the Watertown Fire Station, 935 Main St.
Visitors will be able to tour the firehouse, meet volunteer firefighters from town, have presentations of fire safety and view a live firefighting demonstration.
The department is getting ready for their annual Halloween party open to the public as well.
Visitors are always welcome at the fire department to tour the building.
“We love giving tours,” said Deputy Fire Marshal Brian White.
With fire prevention month in full swing, it is a good opportunity for residents to review their own fire safety precautions in their homes.