MEIGS COUNTY — Volunteer firefighters in Meigs County were busy Monday morning, but it wasn’t because they were out fighting a fire.
Firefighters from Olive Township, Tuppers Plains, Bashan and Chester volunteer fire departments spent time at Eastern Elementary School, while volunteers from the Racine Volunteer Fire Department spent the day at Southern Elementary.
Both visits were part of Fire Prevention Week activities in an effort to spread the message of fire prevention and what to do in case of a fire to some of the county’s youngest residents.
At Eastern, the students moved through stations trying on fire gear, learning the sound of a smoke detectors and checking out the fire trucks.
At Southern, junior firefighters and volunteer firefighters were on hand to show the students the trucks and the equipment which they use on calls.
One firefighter was also dressed in full gear to show the kids what a firefighter would and sound like should they be coming to rescue the child. This was done so that the students could see that the firefighters in their gear were not scary, but there to help in an emergency.
Students at both locations were given bags with fire prevention information and items, provided by the local departments involved.
A safety day event is planned for Tuesday morning at Carleton School.