Cooper Landing Volunteer Fire fighters show students at Cooper Landing Elementary School how to properly handle fire-fighting equipment Sept. 21 as part of hands-on learning day. The day began with a fire drill at the school and the arrival of two fire trucks. Assistant Fire Chief Mike Smith, along with firefighters Ken Green, Keith Doroff and Steve Lipscomb, worked with school Principal Tommy Gossard to give students experience with fire safety and the equipment firefighters use to help protect the community. Students were able to wear turnouts (uniforms) due to a donation from a community member. They also were able to pump water and work alongside the firemen. The fire crew showed students the equipment on the trucks and let them climb on and pretend to drive the truck. Smith gave each child fire smart books, a fire hat and talked to them about what they should do in case of a fire and how to be safe at home and school. He also explained National Fire Safety Week and reminded students to check their home fire alarms, CO2 detectors, have a family evacuation plan, a outside meeting place in the event of a fire and to always be aware of potential fire hazards in their homes.
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