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Sanborn Elementary students learn valuable lessons on Fire Prevention Day

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Beiermeister) A firefighter works with a 5th-grade boy in spraying a fire hose at a flaming tree target on Tuesday Afternoon.

Ossineke — Students at Sanborn Elementary learned all sorts of valuable lessons on Tuesday afternoon as firefighters and first-responders from Sanborn Township and Hubbard Lake Fire Departments stopped by on Fire Prevention Day.

The members of both fire departments taught different lessons for multiple grades with everything from stop-drop-and roll to escape routes and meeting destinations in case of a home fire. The students find the day fun, and the fire departments find this time necessary for help spotting and reacting to potential fires in the communities.

“The firefighters of Alpena County have always had a collaboration, making sure that the kids are educated in the ways of the fire prevention at a young age,” said Sanborn Township/Hubbard Lake Firefighter Tony Hoffman. “I think it’s really helped the numbers go down with our fires.”

Both departments had their trucks and gear out for students to get a better look at and ask questions. The students also got the chance to man a hose and spray the water at a fake flaming tree target. They took turns using the large hose and got to step into the shoes on their community firefighters.

“Kids knowing things at this age when they don’t know what they should and shouldn’t play with, what they should and shouldn’t do… I mean this is a key time in their development to make sure that they make the right decisions when that time comes,” said Hoffman.