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Beaufort elementary students learn about fire safety

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Friday marked the end of National Fire Prevention Week and students at one Beaufort County elementary school learned how to be better prepared for it. Friday marked the end of National Fire Prevention Week and students at one Beaufort County elementary school learned how to be better prepared for it.
BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Friday marked the end of National Fire Prevention Week and students at one Beaufort County elementary school learned how to be better prepared for it.

After four days of learning all about fire safety, students at Mossy Oaks Elementary got the chance to tour a fire truck and get their own fire hat.

Friday was the day many students have been waiting for: a chance to see firefighters in all their bunker gear.

"So the program we're teaching, we call it 'First Impressions.' It's the first impression of safety that we make onto kindergarteners, pre-K and first grade students," said Captain John Robinson, Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department.

From learning how to dial 911 to knowing what to do when a fire alarm sounds, it's a week-long education for the children.

But the most important lesson is for them to feel safe around firefighters.

"One of the things that we found is that children are very frightened of that firefighter in full bunker gear because they can't see their faces, they can't see any skin," said Robinson.

By the end of the week, the students are much more comfortable with them.

Beaufort Fire/Rescue also uses a smoke trailer to teach kitchen safety and how to get out of a house if a fire starts.

"Nationwide, more than 44% of all the fires that start in the home begin in the kitchen," added Robinson.

The week wrapped up with a quick tour of a real fire truck and a new hat to make these fire cadets official.

Although they're a little camera shy, they say they've learned a lot this week.

"I learned about smoke alarms, and stop, drop and roll," said kindergartener Cameron Newman.

"And the water hose was up on the top and the ladder was all the way up so if they need to catch a cat or a dog, they could've caught it easy," added classmate Kiyana Jones.

Next week, Beaufort Fire/Rescue will visit Beaufort High School to talk about kitchen safety and fire extinguishers.

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