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The Telegram
  • Firefighters share safety tips with Barringer Road students

  • In the event of a fire, people should know at least two ways out of a building.

    This was the message from the Ilion Fire Department during an assembly at Barringer Road Elementary School on Tuesday as they talked about fire safety and prevention.

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  • In the event of a fire, people should know at least two ways out of a building.
    This was the message from the Ilion Fire Department during an assembly at Barringer Road Elementary School on Tuesday as they talked about fire safety and prevention.
    “Every room has an obvious way to get out,” said firefighter Scott Hendrix. “In a fire, that might not always be possible. Sometimes things end up in front of a door.”
    Hendrix said since most rooms have a window, that might be a better way to exit when a building is on fire. “What we need you guys to do is to get out, and to not go back in for a favorite toy. That’s our job,” he said.
    Ilion Deputy Fire Chief Robert Paddock told the students about the five things people need to know during a fire: Stay low and go; get out and stay out; have a meeting place; use your escape plan and firefighters are your friends.
    Ilion firefighter Andy Vandawalker talked about the gear a firefighter needs to put on when responding to a call, which includes boots, pants, gloves, an air mask, a helmet and a special hood. Ilion firefighter Steve Bly demonstrated. Vandawalker said a firefighter is also equipped with a thermal imaging camera when responding to a call.
    “It reads heat instead of what we see with our eyes,” he said. “More important, we can see you if you’re in a closet or under a bed so we can come rescue you.”
    Some of the students sat with their own red, plastic fire helmets during the assembly, where firefighters answered their questions and listened to their comments.
    October 7 to 13 is Fire Prevention Week. The Ilion Fire Department will conduct an open house with the Frankfort Fire Department at 158 S. Litchfield St. in Frankfort on Oct. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will include a display of fire equipment, refreshments and Sparky the Dog. There will also be the first-ever Firefighting Combat Challenge Competition for males and females ages 15 to 18 years.

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