GREENVILLE — The Dalmatian Duo – Rage & Rocko — along with members of the Greenville Township Fire Department, were at Woodland Heights Elementary School recently, sharing fire prevention and safety tips with all of the classes.
As part of National Fire Prevention Week, the fire department visits the schools and pre-schools in their jurisdiction — teaching fire prevention and how to be ‘fire safe’ at home. They also deliver the message of “Don’t Fear Firefighters in Gear” – letting kindergarten and first-graders see and hear fire personnel that are fully dressed in their life saving apparel — complete with their SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus).
The firefighters get down on their hands and knees and crawl, as if they are searching for people in a house. The students get to hear what it sounds like as the firefighters breathe and communicate with other firefighters as their faces are covered with their protective masks, according to Chris Norris, chief administrative officer (retired).
This year’s event was bittersweet for Greenville Township Fire Department and Rage & Rocko….as Woodland Heights will be closing at the end of the year. As a gift to all of the students, the fire department provided a fire safety T-shirt to each and every student at the school.
In appreciation for all that the department and Rage & Rocko have done over the past eight years, the department was presented a giant poster, which was signed by all of the students.