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Fire Prevention Week 2017

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A Watervliet student dresses in turnout gear that firefighters wear, which includes a helmet, hood, pants, coat, gloves and boots. Firefighters demonstrate personal protective equipment, including the air tank, often referred to as self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). An alarm sounds when the air in the tank gets low.

WES students learn about fire safety and prevention from city firefighters


Local firefighters visited Watervliet Elementary School to share fire safety tips with students during assemblies in recognition of Fire Prevention Week. View Photo Gallery

Lieutenant Rentz and Firefighter Van Patten of the Watervliet Fire Department volunteered their time to educate students about fire safety and talk about the sometimes risky but always rewarding job of being a firefighter.

The theme for this year’s national fire prevention and safety campaign is Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!

 Because fire can spread in a matter of seconds, firefighters Rentz and Van Patten told students that it is important for them and their families to practice exit drills at home and make sure everyone is familiar with different ways to safely escape your house in a fire.

Students had an opportunity to ask the firemen questions after the presentation. See more pictures from the assemblies on Facebook

For more information about fire prevention, home drills and safety, visit the National Fire Protection Association website.