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Fire safety in full swing

Colleton County Fire-Rescue crews have kicked off their annual Fire Prevention and Life Safety Education classes in all of the county’s schools. The October event was delayed due to recent flooding. However, the event is now in full swing, with fire-rescue doing a “concentrated effort” to teach “younger school-aged children coincides with National Fire Prevention Week,” said Barry McRoy, director of fire-rescue. Public schools, daycares and pre-schools are all participating in the events, which include everything from children learning how to call 9-1-1 to being taught how to give accurate information to dispatchers. “They learn and practice Stop, Drop and Roll, seat belt use, general home safety and how smoke alarms operate,” said McRoy. “Patches,” a robot Dalmation who drives his own miniature fire truck, also interacts with the students as firefighters teach the curriculum. Students in the second-grade also get a special treat from Battalion Chief Richard Sheffield and a group of firefighters, who present a skit.