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It’s National Fire Prevention Week

October 13, 2012
By ESTHER MCCOY - Staff writer (emccoy@heraldstaronline.com.) , The Herald-Star

BRILLIANT - The new Brilliant Fire Department headquarters was toured by all pupils from the Buckeye North Elementary School classes during National Fire Prevention Week that concludes today.

Chief Don Hutchison said 22 different classes were shown all the equipment on the trucks, toured the Upper Ohio Valley Fire Association Family Safety House and were shown what to do when smoke engulfed a room.

Lt. Ed DiBenedetto told the pupils that one of the most important instruments for firefighters was an ax. It could be used to beat down a door if it were locked or break a window to gain entry into a house.

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Esther McCoy
PROGRAM HELD — The Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Fire Prevention Week program by taking Buckeye North Elementary School pupils on a tour of the fire department and explaining all the vehicles and equipment. At left is Lt. Ed DiBenedetto, who gave safety talks; and, right, Chief Don Hutchison, who is talking about equipment to youth from the third-grade class of Theresa Trekal.

"We are versatile, along with putting out fires, we do rescue, hunt for lost persons and help those injured by smoke inhalation," DiBenedetto said.

He showed a canister of foam material that would be used in a diesel fire and demonstrated a camera that has the ability to see in the darkness and smoke.

"Don't hide if there is a fire. Make noise so we can successfully find you. If it is possible, wave something out a window to let us know where you are. Our primary goal is to preserve life," he explained.

The department carries 800 feet of hose for use in high rise apartments, such as those down by the river in the village, it was explained.

Eight students at a time climbed into the cab of one of the fire trucks to see the instruments inside. The same pupils gathered in the emergency squad ambulance and were shown the airway cabinet, medicine cabinets and radio system. DiBenedetto said he was a paramedic but on occasions would need to contact the hospital or a doctor for aid, that is where the radio is beneficial.

Hutchison explained to the youngsters about the Chicago fire on Oct. 9, 1871, where it is rumored that Mrs.O'Leary's cow was thought to have kicked over a lantern, setting fire to the hay in the barn. The fire proceeded to engulf 17,000 buildings, left 100,000 people homeless and killed 300.

 
 

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