The BCFPD’s observance of Fire Prevention Month in October was a valuable opportunity to present important safety information to school-aged children, and reinforce the Fire Department’s commitment to protecting the residents it serves.

Captain Angela Grandgeorge, and Firefighter/Paramedics Jeremy Brinkman and David Zabilka, visited Countryside Elementary School on October 26th to host a series of informative fire safety presentations for students in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade. 

These discussions, which included Q&A sessions with the children, showcased firefighters’ protective gear (focusing on how, in emergency situations, firefighters may appear different but not “scary”) and emphasized age-appropriate safety tips for getting out of the house immediately in cases of fire.

“We keep our message simple, so the kids can easily grasp it.  From a public education perspective, we try to reinforce the same messages year after year,” Captain Grandgeorge explained.  “It’s rewarding to see the older kids really understand the ideas first presented to them when they were in Kindergarten.”

The Department’s Fire Prevention Month outreach efforts also included fire station tours for Kindergarten classes at South Barrington’s Barbara B. Rose Elementary School.

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