Bennet Fire & Rescue teaches fire safety and prevention
October 6-12 is Fire Prevention Week.
Wednesday morning, firefighters with Bennet Fire & Rescue taught elementary students it's never too early to practice fire safety.
"We're trying to teach them to be looking for hazards and to do things that are safe around the house to protect them and their families," said Bennet Fire Chief Tim Norris.
Junior firefighters have been learning these safety practices more in depth, and helped out with the demonstrations.
Ember Lee is one of them.
"I just was really interested in the fire department and what they do and saving people," Lee said.
Students learned things like identifying fire hazards at home, how to use a fire extinguisher, and checking smoke detectors.
"I think the most important thing is checking your fire alarms, making sure they're up to date and you're changing the batteries," Lee said.
Chief Norris says recruitment is another part of why they do these presentations, which have been happening at Bennet schools for years.
Moriah Calfee remembers watching them as a kid.
"I remember they would always have the firefighter come in and crawl on the ground with their gear on and I thought it was the coolest thing," Calfee said.
Now, along with working at Bennet Elementary, Moriah is a firefighter for Bennet Fire & Rescue.
"People like me, or kids like I was, decide to join and it helps out the community," Calfee said.
More than anything, Chief Norris wants these safety tips to stick with kids long past Fire Prevention Week.
"Kids a lot of times are home alone or with friends and they may say, hey let's not play with matches because I know that's dangerous, or hey, I'm spending the night at your house, what's the best way to get out of here, let's talk about it," Norris said.
Bennet Fire & Rescue will be holding a pancake feed and open house Saturday, October 12, from 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
It will include booths, a tour of their facilities and the StarCare helicopter, and a visit from the governor.