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Fire Prevention - at the Octorara Schools
Friday, October 4, 2013

On Friday, October 4th the active crew participated in our annual Fire Prevention event at the Octorara School District. Members met at the station shortly after 0700 to prep for the day’s activities. Engine 27-2, Engine 27-5, and Utility 27 along with our Fire Prevention trailer headed out for a day to meet the neighboring companies at the Octorara Primary Learning Center (PLC). Crews were assembled and divided to cover the programs at the PLC (grades K-2) and the Elementary (grade 3-4). Engine 27-5 and Fire Prevention 27 took duty at the PLC along with Christiana Fire Co (Lanco 52), Christiana Community Ambulance (Lanco 5-2), and Westwood Fire Co (Station 44). Each crew was provided a fire prevention topic and their respected piece of apparatus to display for the students. Once again, the Fire Prevention trailer with the simulated smoke machine was a big hit with the kids. Engine 27-2 along with Deputy 27 (Hoopes) and Captain 27 (Trainor) were assigned to the Elementary School. Keystone Valley Fire Department Ambulance 8, Ladder 8 and Tac 8 provided assistance for the day’s activities. Crews started with two full class assemblies that covered many different fire prevention topics and videos to aid the students in learning these important life skills. There was also a demonstration for each grade on how a firefighter suites up in their Turn Out Gear (TOG) including Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). The 4th grade assembly was briefly interrupted for Engine 27-2 to transport crew members to the station for an Emergency response assisting Lancaster County Station 57 with a Rescue response to a barn fire. The unit was recalled and crews returned to the school. For the remainder of the morning and afternoon, students came out in their classes to see the equipment and learn more about what we do as emergency responders. Once again there were rave reviews and thank you’s from the teachers and staff for taking time out of our day to commit to the further education of our communities student. We, the members of the Cochranville Fire Company, would like to thank the school for giving us this opportunity to provide much needed public education. Also, we would like to thank our neighboring agencies for helping to make this another big success.

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