Members of Girl Scout Troop 60247 visited firefighters in Orange recently to get some insight into what firefighters do and about fire safety in their homes. About 30 girls talked with firefighters, crawled under a low structure, climbed ladders and even sprayed water at a target from a fire hose.
They also reviewed some fire safety tips, including getting out of the house if a fire alarm or smoke detector sounds. They were taught “get out, stay out” and to meet at a special, prearranged meeting place.
“These demonstrations are so important because they really can save a life,” said Firefighter Lisa Kaplan, who arranged and oversaw the demonstration. “This was a lot of fun for the kids, judging by the smiles on their faces. But we hope they’ll go home and ask their parents about smoke detectors and arrange for the family to have a place to meet if they ever have to evacuate their home.”
Kaplan, who is also corresponding secretary of the Orange Volunteer Fire Association, is one of the officers in charge of public fire education. “The best way to fight a fire is to prevent it from happening,” she said. “We have programs for kids of all ages and for adults of all ages.”
Kaplan said people interested in learning more about the Orange Volunteer Fire Department’s public education programs can call the fire department at (203) 891-1052 and leave a message.
The Orange Volunteer Fire Association provides fire protection to residents and businesses in Orange and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. Members receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues and other emergency services.
Operating strictly with revenues from fundraisers and donations, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is one of the remaining few all-volunteer incorporated fire departments in Connecticut. Active members are on-call to serve the community on a 24-hour/seven-day basis, responding from stations on Orange Center Road and Boston Post Road.
In addition, the fire company offers public education services including lectures, demonstrations and training. For information about membership, donations or public education, call (203) 891-1052, click on https://www.orangevfd.com/index.htm or find us on Facebook.