Henry County Fire Department Fourth Grade Fire Safety Education Program Gets Underway at Austin Road Elementary School
|(L-R) Fire Chief Bill Lacy, Assistant Principal Lois Barney, Prevention Chief Joe Kelley, and Fire Safety Educator Lieutenant Wanda Maddox|
Today in Fairview, at 10:00 a.m., a new fire and life safety education program was inaugurated at Austin Road Elementary School. Henry County Fire Department, Chief Bill Lacy presented the school with a certificate in appreciation for their dedication and commitment to the new fourth grade program. Fire Educated And Ready (F.E.A.R.) is a series of lessons designed to ensure Henry County Children are educated on staying safe from fire and other unintentional injuries to children. The F.E.A.R. program was once in Henry County Schools, but dissolved due to time constraints and the many instructional mandates required of the teachers. Chief Lacy stated, “We have seen an increase in juvenile firesetters in 9 and 10 year old children throughout Henry County.” The F.E.A.R. program was revisited and updated to include information and activities that better aligned with the national curriculum standards for this age group. This program is intended to help teachers meet educational goals by presenting fire safety information in such a way as to support the objectives of the fourth grade educational curriculum.
Henry County Fire Department is excited and optimistic about the new program. “My goal is to, of course, reach the children with the invaluable information encompassed in this program, but it is also my hopes that we will, in addition, reach the parents and siblings, generating a change in fire and life safety behaviors in the home,” stated Lieutenant Wanda Maddox. “As a department, if we respond to it, we feel it is our responsibility to attempt to prevent it through education programs in the community, added Captain Sabrina Puckett.