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Consider this quote from Abe Lincoln

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."



It's been a great week at the farm. A little rain, a little wind to blow the leaves around and a great day visiting the kids at the West Central Valley Elementary in Dexter.

One of the most important things we do as firefighters is to spread the message about fire prevention. Obviously this message is working as our department has seen an unusually low number of fire calls this year. It's always fun to visit with children and to take a morning to talk to them about what we feel passionate about.

Sure, sometimes it seems like fun and games, but there really is a serious message behind the laugher. The two things we stress to the children are "Get out, Stay out" and everyone's perennial favorite "Stop, Drop and Roll". The message might be old, but most important to those little ones we hold dear. If you have a fire in your home, "Get Out!" taking nothing, stopping for nothing, making sure everyone gets out...and once out "Stay Out!" Don't go back in for anything, material things can be replaced, but a life can not.

I'm sure we have all done "Stop, Drop and Roll", and watching the kids do it is certainly a fun way to spend a morning. We talked about why you wouldn?t run around waving your arms in the air and screaming if you caught fire and every single student knew exactly why.

Fire prevention isn't something we think about everyday, but as we wind up fire prevention week and move into the winter season it is a great time for everyone to take a moment and double check their smoke detectors, change the batteries and not only review but practice your families escape plan. Remember a small effort like this can save your life, or the life of someone you love when it really counts. Plus the kids in your family will get a kick out of telling you just what they know about fire prevention.

They can tell you about a firefighters gear, those big red trucks and the tools on them, and just might this year, tell you about the really neat and wonderful things EMS does as the students seemed to love visiting the rescue unit this year. And who knows, you just might learn something in the process, because passing along the fire prevention message is really what teaching it is about.

See you next week..Remember, we're all in this together.