Little firefighters learn to stop, drop and roll

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - There were a lot of big smiles at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library in Nacogdoches on Monday as little kids got a crash course in fire safety from none other than the Nacogdoches Fire Department.

"I saw a lot of stuff! I saw the fireman's clothes," one little boy said.

Each junior firefighter, as the kids are called, got their very own "fireman badge" that they wore proudly on their shirts to show that they know about fire safety.

"It's never too early to start learning about fire prevention and safety and if we can prevent an emergency or an incident at a young age, that's what we're striving for," Shawn Dillon, the captain for the fire department, said.

October is Fire Prevention Month and the kids learned about dialing 911 and smoke detectors. But that's not all.

"I learned when you get fire on your clothes you stop, drop and roll," one boy said.

"Don't touch the fire alarm and don't pull the school bell," another boy said.

Library Director Mercedes Franks says most of the kids are too young to go to school so events like this are an opportunity to learn.

"I don't they realized it but they were learning while they were having a good time. This is such an important topic. I felt that this would be a good time to do it," Franks said.

This isn't the first fire prevention course at the library, but it won't be their last and Franks says she is happy with the turnout.

Dillon says the fire department does get a lot of fake calls from kids and that's why it's important to teach kids about the importance of dialing 911.

"I have a six-year-old and a four-year-old at home myself and my four-year-old knows how to dial 911. We try to get the program pushed at an early age and just stress the importance of how serious a 911 call can be," Dillon said.

And it seems the kids had a good time.

"I like the truck because they help people and they like to help people on fire and so they can save the day," one boy said.

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