Fire department teaches fire prevention to students

Kelsey Gerhardt Staff Writer

December 23, 2013

The Harrogate Volunteer Fire Department visited Ellen Myers Elementary School on Dec. 17 to deliver a fire prevention presentation.

More than 300 students from kindergarten through grade 4 and faculty were in attendance.

Students were given a plastic firefighter helmet and cloth backpacks which were stuffed with fire safety materials to share with their families. Fire Chief Rick Davis, Capt. Josh Miracle, Capt. Justin Cupp, Capt. Donnie Miracle, firefighter Rusty Patterson, and firefighter Steve Capps.

Capps presented information to the children including the Stop, Drop and Roll technique of extinguishing a fire on clothing, how to fall and crawl against the wall to the nearest exit during a fire, how fire extinguishers and smoke detectors work and the importance of not playing with matches or cigarette lighters.

The fire department also recently received two grants from Energizer and the Tennessee State Fire Marshall’s office which were used to purchase batteries and smoke detectors for the department to give to citizens in need. Over 200 smoke detectors have been installed by the Harrogate Volunteer Fire Department.

If you are in need of fire safety materials including a smoke detector or a new 9-volt battery for you detector, contact Harrogate City Hall at 423-869-0211.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-248-1010 ext. 204, kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com.