West Chester Area School District Students Fired Up About Fire Safety

WCASD Fire Prevention WeekStarkweather Elementary student hops out of the fire truck with the help of firefighter Sean McCausland. (Submitted Image)

WEST CHESTER, PA — During Fire Prevention Week, the West Chester Area School District’s Greystone, Starkweather, and Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School kindergartners received special visits from the Fame Fire Company of West Chester. Firefighters Sean McCausland, Will Romano, Bob Torrens, and Emily Williams talked with students about the importance of fire safety, explained how smoke detectors work, demonstrated what firefighters and their gear look like during an emergency, and gave tours of different firetrucks.

“This is such a wonderful way for our kindergarten students to learn about fire safety,” said Nini McGlinchey, a kindergarten teacher at Greystone Elementary School. “We look forward to this experience every year, and Firefighter McCausland provided an informative and interactive experience for the kids. Of course, the fire truck was the hit of the morning!” added McGlinchey.

While students were eager to answer questions about fire safety, demonstrations from firefighters Will Romano, Bob Torrens, and Emily Williams of how firefighters’ uniforms and gear protect them from extreme heat and how they safely search buildings in the event of a fire were especially fascinating to students.

“We always enjoy the opportunity to talk with the kids about fire safety and to show them that while we might look and sound scary with all of our safety gear on, it is important for them not to be afraid of us so that we can help in the event of an emergency,” said McCausland, 1st Class Firefighter.

Tours of the firetruck and blaring horns as the firefighters drove away ensured a memorable and valuable visit for the WCASD students and staff.

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