WEST PAWLET >> Fire Prevention Day was held at the Mettawee Community School on Tuesday, Oct. 20. This year several members of the Pawlet and West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Departments presented a variety of fire safety, and prevention, information to students in PreK-6 Grade.

Mettawee Principal Brooke DeBonis said of the annual visit from the local fire departments, "I would like to thank our local fire departments for volunteering their time to come teach our students (preschool to sixth grade) about fire safety. The fire companies had two trucks outside where they explained the different tools, ladders, hoses, and trucks. The students were eager to ask questions and had the opportunity to watch a fire hose demonstration."

DeBonis explained that the local fire departments also showed age appropriate videos and put on their gear to show the students what they would look and sound like in the event of an actual fire. Additionally, they discussed escape routes, meeting places, and fire alarms.

Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department member Jonathan Weiss said of the morning's visit to Mettawee, "I felt that this year, as in past years, the Fire Prevention Day was of great value. Having a dedicated morning to teach fire safety to the young people is a tremendous (and rare) outreach opportunity for the volunteer fire departments, and doing so in a school environment with the teachers present is ideal for us."


Weiss added, " I feel like the message is much more easily conveyed at an event like Fire Prevention Day, as compared to my experiences of trying to do the same thing in a setting where we don't have the benefit of the presence of professional educators to help us keep the kids focused and directed. I really can't overstate how helpful this is to us."

DeBonis concluded, "Most importantly, the students were engaged with learning about fire prevention. In closing, the fire department observed our monthly fire drill so they could see how quickly and calmly our students and staff are at getting out of our building. This was an amazing opportunity for our students and I want our local fire departments to realize that we appreciate the time they put into educating our students."