“Look, listen and learn” was the message Oct. 12 as members of the Munnsville Fire Department visited the Stockbridge Valley Elementary School to talk about fire safety.

“Look around the house for hazards, listen for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and learn two different ways out of every room and have an exit plan,” explained department Captain Dave Bartlett during a visit with the kindergartners, joined by son Connor.

The kid-friendly message was shared with all classes from pre-K to sixth grade, with tips including testing smoke alarms and checking their batteries, staying low to the floor in case of a fire, and never, ever to hide in a closet from a fire. An important part of the meeting was when the firefighters actually donned their full gear in the classrooms.

“If they ever need help from a firefighter, this is what we look like if we come to rescue you,” Connor said to the children.

Dru Bartlett – Dave’s son as well – showed children around firetrucks that were parked outside for their inspection. He showed them the various dials, the hoses and the tools the firefighters use to get into burning structures and crashed automobiles.

Elementary School Principal Dana Chapman said the message was well-received by the children, and might even make an emergency situation in the future a little easier.

“The Munnsville Fire Department partners with us for fire safety each fall, and this is one of the highlights of the year for our kids,” she complimented. “The children really enjoy seeing the firefighters and their gear, and I think this helps calm their fears and makes them feel more secure.”

“I think this is a great learning opportunity for the kids, giving them the chance to see the firefighters and the equipment,” added Dru Bartlett. “Seeing a firefighter can be a scary thing at times – this is a good way to show the kids the fun side of firefighting.”