present fire safety class
On February 8th, Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department personnel presented a Fire Safety and Prevention class to the Prairie Middle School students and staff. Fire department personnel making the presentation were Assistant Chief Greg Sonnen, Captain Brian Latimer, Fireman and Safety Officer Ron Grant, and Fireman Ethan Remacle. The presentation centered on a true story about family who lost their home to fire, as depicted in a short movie. The presentation emphasizes the need for a fire escape plan, including two exits from each room and a meeting place outside the home. They also emphasized the need for adequate smoke detectors. Smoke detectors need to be tested at least monthly, and the batteries should be changed twice a year (when you change your clocks). Fire extinguisher types and operation were also discussed, and the importance of having visible house numbers.
In addition to fire safety and prevention, the firefighters showed the students the personal protective gear they use and demonstrated the operation of the equipment. The Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department has smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and house number available to local residents. These are available as a result of a grant received from FEMA. If you need any of these items, please contact a member of the fire department.