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Edmond Fire Department's safety challenge sparks smiles for spring break

Edmond firefighters taught 28 children about safety at the Children's Safety Village during spring break. The three-day program brought smiles to their faces as they put on child-sized firefighter suits.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: March 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm •  Published: March 21, 2013
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Child-size firefighter coats and hats were worn by the children while going through the safety course challenge. As the children maneuvered through the obstacle course, they answered safety questions.

After riding a bicycle through a course, participants used a water hose to knock over an orange cone that represented a fire. They climbed through tunnels, knocked open a door and carried a dummy named Rusty to safety.

Firefighters hold the classes four times a year. The Children's Safety Village is on 1.6 acres east of the Cross Timbers fire station, 5300 E Covell Road.

“We have kids who come back, and we keep reinforcing the safety messages,” said fire Maj. Mitch Rainwater. “If one or two more things stick with them, it may save their lives.”

One child has attended the program four times. He still draws pictures and brings them to Rainwater.

“He just might be a firefighter some day,” Rainwater laughed.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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