Young fire chiefs experience firefighter life
J.T. MCVEIGH/ENTERPRISE-BULLETIN Clearview firefigher Bill Karl helps junior fire chiefs Bently Green 7, and Darcie Head 6, with putting out a pan fire, part of the fun of being Fire Chief for a Day in Clearview Township. The children were winners in a colouring contest for pupils from all five schools in Clearview as part of Fire Prevention Week.
CLEARVIEW TWSP. – It is was difficult to figure out who had the biggest smiles, the firemen at Station One in Stayner or the two new Fire Chiefs for the day.
The two new Chiefs, Darcie Head, 6 of Nottawa Elementary School and Bently Green 7 from Bing Public School spent the morning taming fires and riding the Clearview Fire Department’s all-terrain vehicle with a trio of enthusiastic firefighters.
The event with the youngsters is a major feature in Fire Prevention Week in Clearview.
“The Chief for a Day contest is our main event for fire prevention week,” said Fire prevention officer Michelle Davies. “We set out a colouring contest for all of the five schools in Clearview Township for kids from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 4 and we pick the best entries and the winner get to hang out with the firefighters for a day.”
Hanging out includes being sworn in as Chiefs by Clearview mayor Chris Vanderkruys, riding in a real fire truck and visiting all of the fire stations in Clearview and being interviewed on a local radio station.
The day starts off with a bang, being picked up at home with a fire truck.
“For us we really enjoy the excitement. It seems that every kid enjoys the big red fire trucks,” says Davies. “We pull up to their house for a good reason, not a bad one, the smile on their face. This morning we pulled up to their houses, the kids were jumping around because they we just so excited. It makes us feel good.”
Although the day is to be fun there is an important message to be learned
“The biggest message that we are trying to get through to the kids is that every second counts in a fire. Basically plan two ways out in case of an emergency,” said Davies
“We find that some of the younger ones will hide because they are afraid of the sound from the smoke or CO alarms, so that is another message that we try to push across is to be not afraid of the sound and get out of the house.”