Local fire department teaches safety to students

Local fire department teaches safety to students

BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - A group of Region 8 children spent their morning low to the ground.

Wednesday was fire safety day at Brookland Elementary school.

The Brookland Fire Department gave students at the elementary school a hands on lesson in what to do in the event of a fire.

Chief Steve Beck said showing children what to do and letting them practice makes a lasting impact.

"Hands on training is the best. And dealing with the smoke and going out the window, as if it was the second story window of their home, they remember that very well."

After an informative video, students practiced crawling through a simulated fire and out the window.

Cari Gilley with Brookland Elementary said getting the children familiar with what to do and firefighters themselves is invaluable.

"Some of these kids have gotten over that fear of the fire department and they realize that they are here to help them. And that will help them. They'll remember that if they have to put it to use. And we pray they don't ever have to use this, but it's good information to have. And you want them to be safe in case they're ever in a situation like this."

Around 500 kids participated in Fire Safety Day.

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