Photo Gallery | Lugoff Fire Department Starts “Adopt-A-Fire Truck” Program At Local Elementary Schools
The Lugoff Fire Department has a new program called “Adopt-A-Fire Truck”. The program was launched back in March and it pairs fire trucks with elementary schools within the fire district to help educate students in fire prevention and firefighter identification.
“The ‘Adopt-A-Fire Truck’ program is a new outreach that we are trying out in our elementary schools to teach kids not be afraid of firefighters; especially when we have to wear our full firefighting gear that can be pretty intimidating to kids. We want kids running TO us in the event we have to respond to a fire they are involved in and not run AWAY from us out of fear. So far, this outreach has been very beneficial and successful as we reach out to a very vulnerable population in our community: our young kids” Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray said.
“Adopt-A- Fire Truck” involves firefighters from Lugoff Fire Department dressing out in their full firefighting gear, to include the air packs, as they arrive at the elementary school. Firefighters then enter the school into the library or classroom and read books to the kids. Fire crews then escort the classes out to the fire trucks and share fire prevention tips while showing off the trucks and equipment.
Each school adopts its own fire truck and each truck displays the school logo on both sides so the kids have a sense of ownership in “their” fire truck for their assigned school.
“We sincerely appreciate our principals and school staff for allowing us to come share with our kids and get them familiar with us. Our desire is to continue the program next year and expand our efforts into our other schools with other opportunities” said Chief Ray.