The Yadkinville Fire Department is working to spread a message about fire safety in the community and especially to children. The department recently had several fire trucks on display at Lowes Foods, giving away fire prevention information, coloring books and stickers to area youth.
Capt. Shane Gillenwater said children are exposed to an ever increasing information overload in today’s technology-driven society, but teaching youth about fire prevention is vital.
The department will have an information booth and safety activities at the Harvest Festival on Sept. 19. They also are selling port-a-pit chicken tickets to raise money to continue their public education outreach.
Tickets for the meal, which will be held Sept. 26, are $10 and may be purchased at the festival or by contacting the fire department at 336-679-4800. The meal, available for pick up from 4 to 7 p.m., will feature port-a-pit chicken cooked on-site as well as baked beans, BBQ slaw, a roll and dessert.
Gillenwater said the money will be used to help purchase needed equipment and provide additional educational opportunities. He said they are hoping to begin a new fire safety program for area fourth-graders.
“We’re wanting to have more hands on exposure within the community,” Gillenwater said. “Prevention is really key because our mission is to save lives and preserve property. It’s that life safety feature that is so important though.”
He said getting fire safety information to children and teaching them what to do in case of a fire is key and in many cases its the children who help pass that knowledge on to adults.
“If we can get the message to them as far as fire prevention and we can prevent a fire from even starting then we have done our jobs,” he said.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.