(HELENA) Over 800-second graders across the Helena Valley spent some time on Wednesday learning about fire safety with Helena Fire Department firefighters.

Second graders from Rossiter Elementary School hit the ground and crawled on their hands and knees as part of Fire Prevention Week.

Rossiter Elementary Teacher  Kellie Schlepp said the goal is to have fun while learning a valuable safety lesson.

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“I think this is important for students to come to the fire station and actually have a hands-on experience,” said Kellie.

Several parents also attended the field trip and told MTN that they appreciated the time these firefighters are taking out of their day to make sure kids know what to do in case of an emergency.

“My child’s in second grade, he’s done it every year, and every year it gets more in grain in their memory, and what to do in case of a fire,” said Kristen Cetraro, a parent whose child is in second grade.

Deputy Fire Marshal Loui Antonick said the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is checking smoke alarms.

“Take them down, check them, look at the date on the back, and if it’s older than ten years, it’s time to replace your smoke alarm,” said Antonick.

Fire prevention classes will continue all week and one lucky second grader from Rossiter Elementary Schoo will be chosen to win a firetruck ride with firefighters.



Reporter: Frances Lin