Jackson Fire Department

Jackson Firefighter Stephen Moore (far right) is pictured asking the elementary aged children what he had in his hand. Moore than talked a little bit with the students about smoke alarms. Looking on are fellow firefighters, Wendell Vermillion and Adam Lewis.

Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Oct. 23 newspaper on Page A1.

JACKSON — Members of the Jackson Fire Department (JFD) visited Westview Elementary in early October to spread the word about Fire Prevention Week.

This year’s theme was “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”

Fire Prevention Week was held October 6-12. The fire department visited the local elementary schools to promote the importance of fire safety.

This year’s campaign, according to firefighters, recognized the everyday people who motivate their households to develop and practice a home fire escape plan; these seemingly basic behaviors can have a “life-saving” impact.

At Westview Elementary, JFD firefighters Wendell Vermillion, Adam Lewis and Stephen Moore were all on hand to teach the students about fire safety and to show them their fire truck and gear.

The firefighters also taught students about “stop, drop and roll” among other topics.

Lewis dressed in his fire gear to show the students what a firefighter would look like in full gear so they wouldn’t be afraid of a firefighter, if encountering one during a fire.

Area fire departments encourage residents to check the manufacturer’s date on smoke alarms in the home. If the manufactured date on one’s alarm is more than 10 years ago, the entire unit needs to be replaced. Smoke alarms are less effective after 10 years.

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