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Mastic Fire Department Fire Prevention

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On October 13, 2016, 20 members from the Mastic Fire Department went to the four elementary schools in the William Floyd School District and taught 3,500 children in grades K-5 fire prevention. This year, the national fire prevention topic is “Don’t Wait, Check The Date!” Its focus is to check the smoke detectors in the home to make sure they are still in proper working order.
One of the things the children were taught was what a smoke detector looks like, what it does, and how to test or change the battery with the help of an adult. In addition, the members of the Mastic Fire Department taught the children what it looks like to see a firefighter in full gear, the parts of the gear, and what a firefighter may look like when they are crawling around looking for fire victims.
“Firefighters can be scary for a child and showing them there is nothing to be afraid of in a non-emergent situation can help them seek out a firefighter instead of hiding under a bed or other furniture in the event of a fire. Going to schools and showing children there isn’t anything to be afraid of can save a life just as much as checking a battery can.” said Rudy Sunderman, Chief of the Mastic Fire Department.
Members of the department have been doing this training for years, saying that it is just as rewarding for them as it is for the kids. The Mastic Fire Department reminds you that if your smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.

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