You might have seen a shiny, red fire truck parked in front of your child’s school this week, but do not fear! October 9 – 15, 2016 is Fire Prevention Week, and the Spencer Fire Department spent time at the schools to talk with students about fire safety and prevention. This year’s national campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of a three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has centered their campaign around smoke alarms for three years because data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which can increase risk in the event of a home fire. The focus of the message is that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years and to know the age of the smoke alarm which is based on the manufactured date. The date can be located on the back of the alarm, and the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date rather than the date of installation.
To highlight this important topic, Spencer Community Schools had the honor of hosting volunteers from the Spencer Fire Department. Currently, there are four Spencer High School students serving as volunteer firefighters, and they were part of the crew presenting at schools throughout the week. Alyssa Huckfelt is a fourth generation volunteer firefighter, following in her father, grandfather and great-grandfather's footsteps. Huckfelt said she will remain a volunteer with the fire department but pursue a different career path after graduating from high school. Seniors Lauren Schatzburg, Trent Chinn and Nick Sundblad also presented to the students. When visiting with them about their future plans, Chinn said, “I want to become a firefighter for my career.” The leadership and service to community exhibited by these students as volunteer firefighters provides such an incredible example for their peers and the younger students with whom they visited throughout the week.