OLPH kids learn about issue of burning importance

October 27, 2011 Heather Chin
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For 35 first and second graders at Our Lady of Perpetual HelpElementary School, Tuesday, October 11, was the day that firesafety became fun.

As part of Fire Prevention Week, the group was invited to aspecial kick-off at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, where they gotto meet real firefighters and, through interactive exhibits fromthe FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit, learned about the equipment,the trucks, the danger of playing with matches and how to checkfire alarms at home to make sure they are working.

But amidst the safety lessons was a lot of fun, too.

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All of the students in attendance were sworn in as officialjunior firefighters by Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano,said teacher Catherine Aquilino. Then, they even got to meet HotDog the Fire Safety Mascot, who was later rescued from atop a roof,to the children’s delight.

The event was sponsored by the FDNY and the FDNY Foundation, andwas planned to coincide with October as Fire Safety Month.

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