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Kids Simulate Fire Escape In Pasco Schools, Promotes Safety Education

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Over the last 25 years not one child has died in a fire in the City of Pasco, according to fire officials. They say that's thanks to the education of kids about fire safety. Over the last 25 years not one child has died in a fire in the City of Pasco, according to fire officials. They say that's thanks to the education of kids about fire safety.
PASCO, WA - Over the last 25 years not one child has died in a fire in the City of Pasco, according to fire officials. They say that's thanks to the education of kids about fire safety.

It's one thing to tell kids how to react when a fire detector goes off, but the fire crews believe the best way is to show them. Tuesday morning at Maya Angelou Elementary the students were shown how to make a fire plan with their family.

The fire departments of the Tri-Cities share a trailer they can bring to each school for 1st- 3rd grades. The mini-house simulates a home on fire. The kids sit in a room and see smoke begin to fill the room and set off a detector. They can then feel a door, notice it's hot, which simulates fire on the other side and then they find an alternate way out.

"We're happy to come out here and spend the time with the kids. The kids see us as that hero figure anyanywayom TV and movies, to it's our chance to use that to our advantage and be able to teach them the lessons," said Ben Shearer of the Pasco Fire Department.

Over the last 16 years the Pasco Fire Department has met with over 40,000 students to talk fire plans. They've already visited with thousands of kids the past couple weeks. This week they are set to visit Saint Patrick's, Virge Robinson and Longfellow schools. 
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