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 Western Salisbury FD Volunteers Take Fire Prevention to Schools

Firefighter Nick Fisher demonstrates a fog pattern to children at the Swain School.


The importance of having a smoke alarm in every room of a home was among the messages taken to school students at the four elementary schools located in the Western Salisbury Fire Department’s fire district during annual fire prevention activities held every year in township schools during Fire Prevention Week to mark the anniversary week of the great Chicago Fire in October, 1871.

“I want you all to go home tonight,”’ WSFD Chief  Joshua Wells told the students, “and check to see if there is a smoke detector in your bedroom. If you don’t have one, come back to school tomorrow and tell your teacher, and our fire department will give you one.”

Emphasizing his point, Wells used a smoke detector’s distinctive three “beep, beep, beep” tones that tell a family to evacuate their home.  “When you get out of a home that is filled with smoke, you should stay out, don’t try to go back in. If there is a pet or something else that is important that is still inside, tell a firemen when we arrive and we will try to get it for you if we can.” Wells said.

He told the school’s students that lighters and matches should only be handled by adults, and that it is “all right to ‘tell’ if a younger brother or sister is playing with them.”  The importance e of knowing how to dial “911” only for help was also part of the message, and that knowing to “stop, drop and roll” was important if someone’s clothes should catch fire.

The messages the volunteer firefighters take to Salisbury schools has not changed much in the 50 years that school programs have been in place for elementary school students in the school district. Wells said he believes the programs have helped embed the fire prevention message in township homes, and have helped contribute to the relatively low number of residential fires suffered by area residents.

“As firefighters, we look forward every year to being able to interact with our district’s young people. Lessons taught in students’ formative years seem to really have a positive effect  on efforts to be fire safe,” Wells said.

Weather-permitting, a portion of the program is held outside each year so students at Lehigh Christian Academy, St. Thomas More School, the Swain School, and at Western Salisbury Elementary School, can see firemen demonstrate the use of their equipment.

Always a student-favorite part of the program is Wells’ demonstration of rope–rappelling skills  as he descends, upside-down, from the department’s extended aerial ladder.

By: Jim Marsh

Western Salisbury Community Day Saturday, September 12!

Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting our annual Community Day on Saturday, September 12th! Festivities will begin at  11:00 AM in the Green Acres Park just off Green Acres Drive. Come out and join the Western Salisbury family for fun and excitement the whole family can enjoy!



Interested in joining the Western Salisbury family? Print out an application from our "Join Us" page and fill it out. Then stop by, any Monday night, between 6:30 and 7:00pm and drop the application off!