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Green Island Fire Department visits Heatly, promotes fire safety

KIndergarten students pose with Green Island firefighters, SparkyMembers of the Green Island Fire Department visited Heatly on Wednesday with an eye on “sparking” an interest in fire safety among elementary students.

With Fire Safety mascot Sparky (firefighter Ryan Bouchey) on hand, firefighters Bryan Welsh and Patrick Brannigan visited Green Island Union Free School District elementary school classrooms speaking with students about topics ranging from smoke detectors and how to safely escape a fire to the noises fires make (no, it’s not the Minion’s ‘wee-woo’ sound as one kindergarten student suggested).

“This is fun. I like Sparky,” said Eleyna Bullard, a kindergarten student in Nicollete Wagner’s class.

The visit was part of national Fire Safety Week activities in which schools around the country team with their local fire departments to promote fire safety.

Sparky talks with a studentThe annual national campaign, which is created by the National Fire Prevention Association, “educates Americans about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe when it comes to home fires or the dangers of carbon monoxide.”