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Blytheville Fire Department teaching children about fire safety

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - One person died every three hours from a fire in 2010, according to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association. More than three-fourths of those deaths occurred in home fires.

For National Fire Prevention Week the Blytheville Fire Department spent the week teaching children how to stay alive when escaping a fire is the only option.

Students from Mississippi E.O.C. Head Start experienced the smoke house, a simulation of an escape from a home engulfed in smoke.

The BFD built the smoke house in 2005 with the help of local donations and national funding. "We partnered with the National Fire Safety Council to get all of our literature.  Mississippi County EOC donates money for our fire prevention program and for us to buy stuff to give to the kids," said BFD fire marshall Jeff Camp.

Camp believes fire safety education should begin at a young age. "By the time they get to third or fourth grade, they know what to do to get out," he said. "Several have had fires after they have been through this and have come back to the department and said what they learned in this helped them get out of the fire.

Lieutenant Ricky Crawford said the Blytheville firefighters have gone on 322 calls this year.  None of them were fatal. 

To schedule a training program, call the Blytheville fire department at 870.532.5006.

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