By Jenny Sharp, Captain, Lakewood Fire District 2
The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has declared this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With”. Lakewood Fire District 2 supports this theme and spreads this message to elementary school students in the Clover Park School District.
Each October, Lakewood Fire schedules an assembly in the elementary schools in coordination with the theme. In years past, firefighters have helped to put on skits, play games and sang a fire safety song with the kids. This year, due to budget cuts, having extra sets of hands from off-duty firefighters was just not an option. One way to scale back costs, but not the level of service, was to create a Fire Prevention Week video. Lakewood Fire District 2 personnel worked on creating and editing the video with on-duty personnel and will show it at each assembly.
“This is a great way for our folks to be involved without the added expense of overtime costs,” said Fire Chief Ken Sharp. “It’s important for us to maintain our current level of service, no matter who the audience may be.”
By developing this video, students will still enjoy the dance moves and entertainment, yet leave with a great fire safety message and maybe even a song stuck in their head.Print This Post