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GEMS kids get familiar with local firefighters


Zach Stewart of the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department shows his firefighting jackets to GEMS students.

Photo by Lorie Palmer
Zach Stewart of the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department shows his firefighting jackets to GEMS students.



GRANGEVILLE — “Are you going to be scared if a fireman has to come to your home in the middle of the night?” asked Grangeville Volunteer Fireman Andrew Lane.

“No!” called out Grangeville Elementary Middle School kindergarten and first graders Thursday, Oct. 9. Firemen Lane and Zach Stewart made the trip to GEMS to show kids what a fireman looks like in his gear as well as introduce them to the truck and its sirens and noises.

Lane put on all his firefighting gear, with help from his 5-year-old daughter, Ava, and showed kids what a fireman might look like if he showed up at a house fire.

“What’s the first thing you do if you think there’s a fire?” he asked.

“Get out of the house!” yelled the kids.

“Right!” Lane told them. “Then what?”

“Call 9-1-1,” said Callie Weisz as students roared out “9-1-1!”

Lane gave the children a “homework” assignment of going home and discussing with their families about a meeting place in case of a fire as well as checking their smoke detector batteries.

“We use all sorts of equipment and some of it might be familiar to you while other things you might not have seen up close,” Stewart told the kids, showing them a fire hose and letting them touch it.

“Thank you for all your hard work,” smiled Kelly Benefield as she checked out the hose.

“You’re welcome,” grinned Stewart.



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