Over the last few weeks Weatherford school children have received a “treat” from the Weatherford Fire Department. Firefighters with the popular Clown Safety Program, visited elementary campuses presenting a program designed to target children, kindergarten through third grade, on fire safety.
This year’s theme was “kitchen safety.”
“Each year our program targets something different,” said Bob Hopkins, Division Chief/Fire Marshall. “This year was kitchen safety primarily, but we also teach children how to call 911, and the importance of fire detectors and how they work.”
Hopkins said each year the [fire department] receives several groups of children that tour their facilities and are taught many of the same things. Students are also shown the fire trucks and told of their different purposes.
“This is our 5th year to do the program and we present it to approximately 2200 school children annually,” Hopkins said. “The firefighters absolutely love doing the program. The guys that volunteer are very dedicated and begin rehearsals in August and September each year. “Chappy” is the only one who isn’t a paid firefighter, he is our Chaplin.”
Hopkins said when they first started the program they paid for many of the props and outfits out of their own pockets.
“Since, I have received some small grants from Wal-Mart to assist in the program,” he said. “We would like to add some puppets to the program but they are expensive and hopefully we can find some volunteers in the community this year who will make donations to assist us in that endeavor.”